A Brief Guide on Acne Scar Removal with Laser Treatment

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January 27 , 2024

The appearance of acne scars can be reduced with a laser treatment. The reason behind acne is the residual scarring. Explicitly talking about laser treatment focuses on lightening the topmost layer of the skin to break...

This laser treatment also replaces the scar tissue. It is also true that the laser treatment can't remove the acne altogether, but the appearance and the pain are minimized. Dermatologists always advise whether the laser treatment is worth trying or not after proper examination. In cases where the acne is still active, or one has wrinkled skin or a very dark skin tone, laser treatment might not be advisable.


It is also true that the laser treatment requires an anesthetic to numb the skin or sedation. However, it's an outpatient process; a certified dermatologist should perform it. The laser treatment sometimes has side effects like redness, swelling, pain, or temporary oozing. The healing time ranges between 3-10 days. A lot more about laser treatment for acne scars:


Laser treatment is a safe and advanced modern technology for improving the skin. The dermatologists use medical-grade, FDA-approved technology to clear the dead skin cells causing acne. The laser treatment also activates the body's natural healing process and stimulates the body to give birth to new skin cells. The acne is difficult to treat. But, if one has decided to get relief from their acne scars, then laser treatment is the way to healing. Laser treatment is the perfect solution to treating acne scars after trying numerous homemade remedies. However, making up your mind about laser treatment lets you understand the causes of scarring to make a better treatment choice. 


Whenever an acne breakout happens, the damage to your skin can be adverse. Repairing your body requires collagen, a protein responsible for the shape and structure of the skin. At the same time, collagen helps you look youthful, making your skin wrinkle-free. Sometimes, the collagen heals the affected area without leaving any noticeable marks. But, in the case of acne scars, the changes remain visible on the face. Sometimes, the breakouts of acne lead to various scabs. And the new skin remains unrevealed underneath the skin. The chances are that the skin color might be the same natural color or sometimes different. Whenever the skin's color is different, it has a scar.


Different Types of Acne Scars:

The acne scars that develop on the skin vary greatly based on appearance and shape. There are different types of acne scars: 

  • Boxcar Acne Scars - These scars are atrophic. It is a typical acne scar that makes up 20 to 30 percent. There are two types of atrophic scars: rolling and ice pick scars. The look of boxcar scars is oval depression, round or crater. The boxcar scars are wider than ice picks but less wide than rolling scars. Also, they have sharp edges in a vertical shape. Deep scars are difficult to remove, and shallow ones react well to treatment. 

  • Ice Pick Scars - These scars are more severe than atrophic, boxcar, or other acne scars. As they are severe, these are hard to treat using homemade remedies. With professional treatments, the texture and appearance of the scars are more likely to be improved. The characterization of acne scars is that they look narrow and pitted in shape. They are caused due to severe acne, such as pimples and cysts deep in the pores.   

  • Rolling Scars - These acne scars are the outcome of the healing process of acne. They have the appearance of indents on the skin. The rolling scars give the skin an uneven and rolling appearance. The wide appearance of the rolling scars ranges between 4 to 5 millimeters. If one looks closely, it appears like the letter "M." One can manage the rolling scars carefully, but sometimes they become stressful. 

Just like there are different types of acne scars, the same way there are different types of laser treatments for acne scars. The most common types of laser treatments are mentioned below:


  • Fractional Laser Treatment - This laser treatment affects only a small portion of the skin. The design of this laser treatment is done in such a way that it impacts only a scarred part of the face. It is a laser treatment in which the laser penetrates the skin. However, this laser treatment is considered best for big acne scars. In simpler terms, the laser beams affect the area of the skin and take less time to recover.

  • Carbon Dioxide Lasers - This laser treatment vaporizes or melts damaged tissue layers. It gets poked by small holes in the skin. It causes minimal pain as the holes are made by laser light technology, not a needle. The idea behind this laser treatment is the production of collagen. It takes approximately 5 to 7 days to recover. 

  • Fraxel - This laser treatment is a modern one to treat acne scars. The outer layer of the skin does not get destroyed by vaporizing. The skin tissues get heated, the skin starts to clear, and the old skin cells burn out. If we compare Fraxel to carbon dioxide lasers, then Fraxel is a milder laser treatment recommended for sensitive skin. It takes 3 to 4 days, but more than 2 sessions are required. 

  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) - This laser treatment is recommended for brown or dark acne scars. The laser treatment does not attack the acne/skin texture but reduces the dark color of the acne. The additional benefit of IPL is to wipe out the bacteria causing acne. The main principle behind this type of laser treatment is that darker things attract more light. In short, the heat absorbed breaks the acne scars into pigmented cells. 

  • Pulse Dye Laser (PDL) - This laser treatment is perfect as a high level of technology is used in this treatment. That is why it is effective enough in removing the redness of rosacea and acne scars. The enlarged red blood cells get attacked by the concentrated light beams. The outermost layer of the skin gets eroded by oxygen and nutrients due to the extreme heating of the blood vessels. There is a high chance of the skin growing back normally.   

  • Pixel Laser - This laser treatment is highly recommended for Indian skin tones. It requires 4 to 6 laser treatment sessions in a month. The light beams create invisible tiny small holes that encourage the skin to heal harmlessly. Meanwhile, the skin is healing; the new skin cells grow in an even skin. 

  • Active FX and Deep FX - This laser treatment does not affect the top sensitive layer of the skin. It only affects the dermis. The additional benefit is that one gets scar-free skin and more youthful-looking skin as it grows. However, Deep FX is found to be more suitable for deeper acne scars that are bigger ones. While on the other hand, Active FX is recommended for shallow and small areas. 


Summing It Up!

There is no doubt that laser treatment for acne scars is the best solution. Moreover, it is a powerful one. The other great thing is that it is a non-invasive treatment. It also does not strip away the skin and is found to be more painless. Side effects are also less likely as there is no bleeding or cutting required. The minimal recovery time and lack of chemicals make laser treatment the best. But, all these do not justify that laser treatments are suitable for almost everyone having acne scars. So, it's essential to consult a dermatologist before trying laser treatments. Also, remember that the cost of laser treatment depends on the number of scars, the size, and the number of laser treatment sessions required. 

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