Laser resurfacing for acne scars
Of the currently available methods, laser resurfacing for acne scars, is the latest technique. It employs the use of continuously pulsating beam of laser rays directed towards affected like a shower. Based on the materials used for supporting the process for simultaneous cooling, the process is further specified as carbon dioxide or Erbium Laser Resurfacing for acne scars.
Resurfacing is the process of removing papillary dermis through penetration by laser beams, thereby removing the scars or wrinkles. This process results in the formation of collagen and new epithelial layers of skin in replacement of the exfoliated cells.
How the process of resurfacing is applied?
Local anesthetic is applied to the area to be resurfaced. Depending upon the discretion of the dermatologist, oral sedatives are also administered. The patient is provided with dark protective goggles as prevention from any adverse effects of laser beam during application. The treated area is then covered with sterile band aid for one day. Twice or thrice a day the treated area is cleansed with saline or any other suitable mild antiseptic like dilute vinegar.
What happens after treatment?
The process has to be repeated several times, depending upon the severity of the problem.
As a preventive measure, it is advisable to keep the area under treatment constantly sterile. The first impact after treatment is usually discouraging.
How effective is resurfacing?
A prospective survey conducted by Batra RS ofDepartment of Dermatology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA. Reveals that 37 % patients , approximately three days after treatment were ‘concerned’ while another 11 % considered the experience as terrible. However after three months the statistics revealed that 75 % recommended the treatment. The study concluded that observed data was helpful in patient preparation and developing understanding between surgeon and patient.
What is the prerequisite for resurfacing?
Thorough consultation on each and every aspect of resurfacing with a dermatologist having verifiable track record, is of crucial importance. It is better not to opt it than to cut a sorry face after a hasty decision. Success of the operation depends upon individual conditions and what has been good or bad for someone may not be the same for you too. Important information to be collected is the, expected rate of success, any foreseeable side effects, duration of the treatment , availability of corrective measures in case something goes wrong and last but not the least ,the financial involvement including any post operative maintenance or recurring expenses. It is advisable to see the possibility of preliminary test treatment on a deep scar situated on a less prominent area. It will build your confidence.
Which one of the two available modes is more suitable?
There are two modes of resurfacing, one utilizes Erbium and the other utilizes Carbon Dioxide for cooling. Erbium penetrates less hence suitable for wrinkles while carbon dioxide penetrates deeper hence more suitable for scars. It is however the dermatologist who has to decide finally what is more suitable in your case.