Laser toning is a popular treatment for acne scarring, and it’s also effective for treating other cosmetic issues, such as wrinkles and melasma. When applied correctly, laser toning can give you short and long-term results.
Since it’s able to clarify, smooth and plump your skin, laser toning can work well for acne scars. It encourages the production of sub-dermal collagen and improves the tone, color and texture of your skin. The benefits from the procedure will continue long after the initial treatment, but for optimal results, you should consider ongoing treatments at our office.
How Does Laser Toning Work?
To treat your acne scars, the procedure uses a laser to penetrate your dermis, and once the laser energy penetrates deep enough, it will break apart purplish and brownish pigments, which are left behind by pimples. During the treatment of depressed acne scars, the laser targets your skin’s building blocks.
Fibroblasts and collagen are the main building blocks targeted by laser toning. As the laser energy penetrates deep into your skin, it produces a controlled thermal injury, and the fundamental structure of each building block is changed.
Over a period of time, your skin’s building blocks regenerate and repair your acne scars. The effects from the laser also help to soften the edges of the scars. To diminish the appearance of pigmented acne scars, the laser is uses special effects that break apart pigmented lesions. After the procedure, your body’s immune system will start collecting the leftover particles, which clears discoloration much more quickly than normal.
What About Preparation?
If you’re considering laser toning for your acne scarring, you should know that no pre-treatment is needed. With that being said, for two weeks before the procedure, you should try to avoid sun exposure as much as possible.
What to Expect from Laser Toning
For the best results, you’ll likely require multiple treatments. If you have brown acne scars, you may need about four treatments. To diminish the appearance of atrophic scars, you may need about eight treatments. Each person is different, and it all depends on your unique situation.
What About the Results?
After getting treated for brown scars, it can take one to four weeks for the scars to go away. Older scars can take extra treatments, but laser toning can still produce great results.
Treating Your Acne Scarring
You can get more facts about laser toning for acne scarring during a consultation at Metro Dermatology. We have offices in Elmhurst, Flushing, Englewood and the Bronx. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!