Laser treatment is a bloodless procedure where the laser is used to improve your skin condition. The process is complex and includes heating the blood vessels – haemoglobin in the blood. This causes dropping out of the old skin and rejuvenation with a new one. Unfortunately, laser treatment is not a single procedure; it is a process that contains at least several procedures. Results from the laser treatment are not fully restoration of baby skin so you shouldn’t expect so big change. There are different laser treatments for acne scars and some of them are more popular than others. Different lasers and light treatments could improve different imperfections so keep reading, and we will reveal main distinctions.
How many laser treatments exist?
The red laser is called this way because it radiates red light. The same thing is valid for blue one. Those two lasers successfully treat pimples but not blackheads and whiteheads. Visible light can’t cope with nodules and acne cyst, too. If you have pimples, this is the laser, you should look for in dermatologist office. In some countries, type of visible lasers is approved to be a home device. Of course, there is a difference in the strength of visible lasers for home use and those in dermal centres. However, if you want to acquire the similar type of laser and use it at home, you should have in mind, that you will have to use it longer and more often because of its reduced strength. For example, treating pimples with home laser should be between 30 minutes and an hour twice per day for 2, 3 weeks.
Another treatment similar to laser one is infrared treatment. It is suitable for acne pimples on face and body. You can’t treat blackheads and whiteheads because there won’t be an effect.
Photopneumatic therapy is an interesting treatment that sums two other treatments. Intense pulsed light is pointed at the targeted area together with vacuuming. Vacuuming is used for cleaning clogged pores. This treatment is suitable for blackheads and whiteheads but again acne nodules and cysts are not affected.
Why are laser treatments for acne scars so popular choice?
Laser treatment was first introduced in 1980 when Nd: YAG laser manages to improve brown spots and acne scars. This laser was one of the first attempts and targeted the basal cell layer. Of course, upper cell layer died and cell grew back again without pigmentation or visible scars. The downside of this treatment – it was temporal. Not long after the treatment, the scars show up again.
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The vascular-specific 585-nm pulsed dye laser (PDL) was invented in 1990. The laser manages to heat haemoglobin, only. The cells above the blood vessels were untouched. This technology has better long-term results.
The last type of popular laser treatments of acne scars is so-called carbon dioxide laser ablation which is used for overgrowth skin. The laser removes excessive skin cells and stops their multiplication after the procedure. Usually, these cells are overgrowth skin because there is a scar underneath them.
Laser treatments are successful when white blood cells don’t visit the threatened area and form the scar all over again. There are many treatments that could accompany laser procedures in order patient to get the best results. Beautiful skin needs efforts and sacrifices.