Fractional Resurfacing For Stubborn Acne Scars

Severe acne can often leave its mark for years in the form of red, purplish or atrophic scars (commonly referred to as depressed or “ice pick” scars or pockmarks). Luckily, a series of fractional resurfacing treatments like Fraxel re:store laser can remove this damaged tissue and produce fresh, healthy skin.

FDA-approved for treating both acne and surgical scars, it works by using microscopic laser light to target specific areas below the skin's surface. The laser stimulates a natural healing process below the skin, jump-starting collagen production and allowing new skin to emerge.

Several sessions may be required to address the entire surface of the skin. Post-procedure, redness and swelling may occur for a couple days.

Have you tried fractional resurfacing for acne scars? Let us know about your experience by leaving a comment below.

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  • anonymous
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    Melissa175...What is the name of the place you received treatment? I am from the Chicago area and I wanted to receive some treatment for some acne scars I have. Please let me know! thanks:)

  • anonymous
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    I am in the process of recovering from laser resurfacing. The process was not painful for me. My doctor prescribed medicine to prevent infection. (Yes, I was very red and covered with scabs) It is now day 7, I have slight peeling under my eyes and around my chin and upper lip. My acne scars are gone. The brown spots are very faint. My forehead is smooth. I am happy with the result and see my doctor tomorrow. from 60 yr.old female. I plan to have more work done at a later date. I have a great doctor~

  • LaserDamagebythe"best"
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    I too had laser resurfacing in La Jolla CA. It did not work (long term) on anything it claims to. My face was burned and permanently scarred by the self proclaimed "best". They didn't know what to do to help me despite advertising themselves as experts. The recovery is brutal and longer than what you'll be told. Mine was over a year and my skin has never fully recovered. "Redness" means a bloody face. "Mild swelling" equates to stretched out skin and pores when the swelling resolves. Not one "benefit". Lots of residual damage.

  • melissa175
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    I finished 6 fractional resurfacing sessions over the course of 5 months,for shallow acne scarring around my mouth and chin. Let me say, yes, it works but read on. The resurfacing is brutal. The procedure itself is painful, even with numbing agents. The first few hours after a session, the skin is very pink and feels sunburned, but the ensuing 5-10 days are difficult if you are working and in front of people all day(I'm a teacher). I looked like I was punched by my husband. Bruised looking and red/brown where the laser resurfaced. Then, the intense peeling and itching starts. The redness takes a LONG time to dissipate. My face is still a bit red and sensitive to any abrasive cleansers, and it has been 2 months since my last treatment. But, the process is worth it! I am very happy with how plump the new skin looks and the reduction in the size and depth of the former scars. They are not entirely gone-the doctor said I could schedule another 6 sessions after a 3 month break. I am hesitant as the recovery was awful. There were many times this fall that I had to cancel social events because make up could not begin to cover the peeling and redness. But, everyone tells me I look great now. Just beware. I was not prepared for the level of ugliness that accompanied the treatment. I suppose if I hadn't peeled, burned, etc., then the doctor would not have gone deep enough to show a difference. I was treated in Oakbrook, Il.

  • Steph
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    I've had fractional resurfacing on my face (for acne scarring) and the results were good but not nearly as good as having repeated subscision treatments and then many months later Juvederm injections. There are many different kinds of acne scarring, the subscisions and Juvederm worked great for my scars because they are mostly pitted. I think The type of procedures done REALLY depends on the scar type.

  • anonymous
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    After research about laser treatments I decided to invest in my own fractional laser, the PALOVIA by Palomar. It's a great way to treat my orbital wrinkles and I have read so many articles about fractional laser's and there benefits, I'm excited to see over time the results I get!

  • anonymous
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    Hi Jess. You can use NewBeauty's doctor finder, on the newbeauty.com homepage. But I've taken the liberty of doing a search for you. Copy and paste this URL into your browser for the results: http://www.newbeauty.com/search/doctorresults.aspx?zipcode=60606&expertiseid=4&page=1

  • jess
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    I'm looking for a Fraxel expert for my acne scars in Chicago, IL. How do I find one?

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