Many of us experienced some form of acne as teenagers. This skin condition is the result of changing hormonal levels that cause the obstruction of sebaceous glands and result in pimples; however, for some of us the effects of acne didn’t go away once we reached adulthood. Inflammatory lesions, the dreaded and painful blisters that appear on the skin, leave long-lasting and sometimes permanent scars. As if it was not enough to have to live through acne as a teenager, now we are left with a perpetual reminder of those days.
How acne affects self-esteem
Acne is a particularly cruel skin condition. Firstly, it is unattractive; secondly, it wrong suggests that the sufferer has poor personal hygiene. As anyone who has ever had acne will know, this could not be further from the truth. Acne sufferers tend to over-clean their skin rather than under-clean it. This deep social misunderstanding leaves sufferers angry and ashamed and unfortunately these feelings can follow through to adulthood, especially when there are still scars there to remind us.
Treating acne scars in adults
Luckily there are a wide range of treatments available that can effectively treat acne scarring. Dermabrasion, microdermabrasion and chemical peeling are one avenue worth bearing in mind, but many surgeons recommend laser therapies.
Choice of laser treatments
Probably the most popular option is intense pulsed light therapy (IPL). This treatment is a form of laser therapy that uses short pulses of micro-fine laser light delivered through a wand to activate and encourage new cell and collagen production in the skin’s layers. The treatment is typically carried out over four to six different sessions, with each lasting around 40 minutes.
IPL is not the only possibility. Depending on the advice of a cosmetic surgeon, clients may choose to explore other laser options such as non-ablative Fraxel laser treatment, carbon dioxide lasers, fractional laser treatment, pixilation, or Active Fx or Deep Fx laser treatments. Each of these options offers patients different benefits and qualities.
Advantages of laser treatment for treating acne scaring
Laser treatments are often seen as the preferred method of treating acne scarring because they work to restructure skin tissue; what is more, when used under the supervision of a trained and experienced doctor, the results are considered the best on the market.
There is also the non-invasive and disconnected treatment system to consider. If for any reason a patient’s skin is not reacting as desired, the surgeon can choose to change or abandon the course of treatment. This makes the procedure far safer and less prone to unwanted side effects than any one-time treatment or surgical procedure.
Things to consider
As with any procedure, there will always be a cost element; however, with regard to the outcome relative to the cost, laser treatments can be a very good decision. The initial outlay can be a small price to pay for the confidence and self-esteem boost that alleviating acne scars can bring.