Scars are quite popular skin problem and there are a number of causes behind their occurrence including wound, accident, infection, surgery, inflammation or burn. Depending on the cause and severity of damage, the scars differ from each other. They may be prominent but become less visible over the time and fade away. In other cases, they may become even worse with the passage of time. Scars are unsightly and unpleasant and affect the appearance of skin. The most common type of scars is acne scars that are caused as a result of acne. There are a number of people seeking a suitable acne scars treatment.
Though there are a number of acne scars treatments but laser is considered an effective as well as safe option for the treatment of scars. These days laser technology is most commonly used treatment option for different cosmetic problems. Laser treatment for acne scars is one the common use of laser technology. There are various types of scars and laser treatment might not give perfect results for all the types of scars. So, it is recommended to see an experienced dermatologist for selection of best suitable option. The types of acne scars are given below.
- Macular scarring – this type of scarring occurs in the form of increased and decreased pigmentation on the skin.
- Boxcar scars – these scars are superficial punched scars having sharp edges.
- Rolling scars – these scars occur as undulations on the skin and are caused as a result of damage to underlying structures of skin.
- Deep divots – these are deep scars involving loss of subcutaneous tissues.
- Ice pack scars – these occur in the form of small but deep holes in the skin.
- Hypertrophic scarring – these occur in the form of raised pigmented scars.
- Keloid scars – these scars occur in the form of raised red or purple scar and the size of these scars is significantly larger that initial trauma.
When it comes to laser treatment, there are various types of lasers that are in use for the treatment of scars. Some of the laser treatments are given below.
- Laser resurfacing or ablative laser resurfacing:
In this treatment, high powered laser is used to remove top layer of skin that has scarring and laser also tightens and smoothens the skin by penetrating mid layers of skin.
- Fractional laser resurfacing:
In this treatment, older sin cells are broken down and it also stimulates the collagen. After proper healing and formation of new skin cells new fresh and smooth skin appears.
- Non-ablative laser resurfacing:
In this type of treatment, infrared lasers are used to stimulate the production of collagen that creates new skin cells to replace damaged scarred skin cells.
Laser is effective as acne scars treatment because it does not involve any severe side effect and discomfort. It requires less or no downtime and gives excellent outcomes.