Lasers have always been doctor’s choice in scar removal, including the nasty acne scars. If you are also struggling with the devastating remnants of teenage acne, or even adult acne, look no further than Laser Skin Resurfacing. Lasers offer the best skin rejuvenation option – be it facial wrinkles and creases, large pores, rough texture, irregular skin tone or acne scarring. But preparing well is the pre-requisite to a successful Acne Scar Treatment.
Steps to Prepare Yourself for Acne Scar Treatment
Laser treatment used for acne scar removal and deep skin resurfacing involves Fractional CO2 Lasers. Here we will explain how you should prepare yourself for the procedure to get the most out of it.
Discontinue use of Retinoid:
All topical ointments with retinoid or alpha hydroxyl acid are a big no as you prepare for laser acne scar removal treatment. Stop using any such topical application 7-10 days prior to the procedure.
Use prescribed skin lightening cream:
Fractional CO2 laser gives best results on lighter skin tones. If you have darker complexion or you have been spending more time in sun off late, your dermatologist may recommend you a skin lightening cream. Use the prescribed cream for 3-4 weeks before Fractional Skin Resurfacing.
Say no to sunlight:
As stated above, fractional CO2 lasers are most effective on lighter skin tones. The darker the skin tone, the greater the risk of burns. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to limit your sun exposure. If necessary, generously apply a broad spectrum sunscreen lotion with SPF 40 and above. For an added safeguard, wear a wide brimmed hat or take an umbrella as you step out during peak sun hours – 10am to 4pm.
Say goodbye to tanning:
Once again, tanning is a big no. All types of tanning are strictly prohibited. This includes use of tanning lotions available over the counter.
Share your medical history with your doctor:
This is the most important part. Your doctor must be very well aware of your medical history – any disease you have or had in the past and details of all the medications that you are taking or have been taking over the last 6-12 months. Especially if you have used Accutane for acne in the last six months, don’t forget to tell your doctor, as you cannot get a laser treatment for at least 6-8 months.
Avoid blood thinning medicines:
Discontinue use of blood thinning medicines for 5-7 weeks before Fractional CO2 treatment. These include ibuprofen, aspirin and its products, beta blockers, and Vitamin E supplements.
Preparations for the Procedure Day:
Following are the instruction for the procedure day:
- Have a sound sleep the night before your procedure.
- Have a healthy breakfast in the morning.
- Come to the clinic with a clean face. Do not apply even sunscreen, let alone make up and other creams and lotions.
- Arrive at the clinic about an hour before your scheduled appointment. It takes at least 45 minutes for the numbing cream to be effective.
What makes lasers patients’ choice is the fact that it is the safest skin resurfacing procedure for Acne Scar Removal, with nearly no long-term side effects.
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