After you’ve gotten through the awkward teen years, it can feel like a relief to no longer have to cope with acne breakouts. But if your past breakouts left you with acne scars, evidence of your former pimples might be right on your face.
With laser resurfacing treatment, you can say goodbye to acne scars forever and delight in a more even, smoother, and more youthful skin tone. Laser resurfacing specialist Raymund J. Llaurado, MD offers this premium procedure at his practice in Arroyo Grande, California.
Keep reading to learn more about how laser resurfacing can help you get rid of acne scars for good.
Understanding laser resurfacing
By using advanced laser technology, laser resurfacing removes outer skin layers, which restores minor imperfections in your skin. Laser resurfacing significantly reduces the appearance of your acne scars and can also be used for wrinkles, age spots, and other scars.
How laser resurfacing erases acne scars
Dr. Llaurado uses DOT CO2 fractional laser therapy to make your acne scars go away. This advanced technology is able to carefully target any acne scars you’d like to get rid of on your face.
After the fractional laser gently removes the outermost layers from your skin where the acne scar is, the top layer of your skin peels off. This not only gives your skin a smoother appearance, it also breaks apart scar tissue.
The laser’s light and heat encourage your skin to grow brand new skin cells that are healthier, while diminishing inflammation in the area by increasing blood flow. This significantly decreases any appearance of acne scars through decreasing raised bumps and redness from the scar, while encouraging your skin to heal.
Who can get laser resurfacing for acne
You’re usually a good candidate for acne laser resurfacing if you have old visible acne scars you wish to erase but no longer experience active breakouts. Dr. Llaurado evaluates you at your initial consultation to ensure the procedure is a good fit.
What to expect when you get laser resurfacing for acne scars
You can get premium laser resurfacing on an outpatient basis at Dr. Llaurado’s Arroyo Grande, CA practice. Dr. Llaurado begins the procedure by using a topical numbing cream or nerve block to numb the area receiving laser resurfacing. You also wear safety eye goggles.
After you’re numb, Dr. Llaurado aims the DOT CO2 fractional laser at the areas you’ve developed acne scarring. The laser penetrates your skin by using heat and light energy to send pulses that break your skin barriers. The entire treatment happens quickly and is over within 30 minutes.
The DOT CO2 fractional laser promotes quicker healing than other laser resurfacing, so you can return to most of your activities right after the procedure. For up to 10 days, the area of skin you’ve had lasered can feel swollen, tender, and look pink in appearance. Dr. Llaurado recommends using cold packs, anti-inflammatory medications, and avoiding sun and using sunscreen to promote faster healing.
The number of sessions you’ll need with the laser depends on the size of the area you have acne scarring. In many cases, you can get full results by getting the procedure only once.
If acne scars have been getting you down, laser resurfacing is a convenient and safe treatment that quickly and effectively eliminates them. To regain confidence in your appearance, book your consultation at Dr. Llaurado’s Arroyo Grande office online or by calling 805-270-2046.