As a host beauty editor for On Magazine, Dr. Fiona Wright has published a series of Q & A articles in response to emailed questions, sometimes with collaborations by other medical colleagues in her network. She would now like to share the information with everyone!
Q: In the past, I had a consultation for my acne scarring and was told that only surgical procedures could help. I now have been seeing ads for other types of non-surgical procedures. Do they work as well?
-K. Elder, Dallas, TX
A: Long considered the gold standard, skin resurfacing with surgical CO2 lasers may provide the most dramatic results for acne scarring. Similar to an Erbium laser peel, they work by vaporizing skin layers, creating skin contraction and rebuilding collagen – and ultimately reducing acne scars and wrinkles. While impressive, many people cannot endure the painful recovery, prolonged healing time, or daily wound care regimen.
The latest treatment for acne scarring still makes use of the old laser, but in a new way. The Micro Laser Peel uses Modified Erbium Technology. The same Erbium laser will now perform an extremely precise, lower energy peel. Instead of one surgical treatment, you will have a series of four to five gentler peels without the downtime. This rejuvenation treatment can provide a noticeable improvement in your acne scars and wrinkles. It also is used to improve skin tone and texture, brown spots and pigmentation. Healing takes two to five days. The procedure can be performed on a Thursday or Friday, so you can return to work the following Monday. To learn more, you can search the Internet under Micro Laser Peel.
-Fiona Wright M.D.