Permanently remove acne scarring in Tacoma
Here at HM Advanced Skin & Lash Spa, we have several ways to improve the appearance of scars over time. In addition to simple, manual microneedling done with a pen and disposable cartridge of multiple tiny “micro” needles, we have devices that are only available under the supervision of a medical director with prescribing power. Microneedling will work to improve scars, but lasers accomplish the same thing faster with little to no downtime. In other words: Chemical peels are slow, microneedling is faster, and lasers are the fastest.
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Types of laser treatments we offer for acne and scars
Coolpeel Laser Scar Removal
Our very mild CO2 Laser works great to break up scar tissue while encouraging collagen growth. Since it works by targeting the water in the skin, the most effective treatments will be on well-hydrated skin.
Virtue RF Microneedling Scar Removal
Radio Frequency Microneedling (RFMN) is a superb treatment for stretch marks. It breaks up scar tissue while simultaneously delivering warmth (collage stimulating energy) to the dermis.
Fibroblast Plasma works on the surface of the skin. It is a great treatment for crepey, thin skin. Fibroblast Plasma has the most downtime of all the treatments we do, but it’s worth it.
What kinds of scars can be improved with lasers?
The human body is built with protein. Collagen up to between 25% and 35% of the body. Unfortunately, beginning in our mid-twenties, we lose roughly 1% just from general aging every year. Therefore, if we want to fix the skin, we need to support the skin and encourage it to grow more collagen in the following cases:
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Acne Scars
- Stretch Marks
Laser vs microneedling vs plasma vs chemical peels
With microneedling, tiny needles are used to micro-puncture your skin. It’s a non-surgical procedure and works by improving and increasing collagen production in the treated areas.
A chemical peel works to resurface your skin by using chemicals that are applied to your skin. The chemicals applied will react with your skin and have an exfoliating effect on the top layer. This causes the top layer of skin to peel off and allow new, smooth skin to develop.
How to prepare
Proper skincare before your treatment is highly recommended. That’s because when you care for your skin well, the laser treatment will provide better results.
It’s also important to limit your sun exposure a minimum of two months before your acne scar removal appointment.
How long does it take?
The length of the treatment process depends on your unique needs. However, most people see results from this treatment after the initial one, though most require multiple sessions for optimal results.
What to expect after treatment
After you undergo laser treatment, you must be vigilant about your skincare routine. Your skin will be more vulnerable to damage from the sun, which means you must apply sunscreen any time you will be outdoors. You should also avoid tanning or similar activities.
Our estheticians will recommend quality skincare products to help improve and maximize the impact of your treatment. You must keep the treated area clean to help prevent infection. You may notice that your skin has residual redness for a few days or weeks as well. Some people need to avoid wearing makeup for about a week to avoid complications.
How many laser treatments do I need?
The number of laser treatments required depends on your situation. Most people benefit from a series of ongoing treatments to fully remove the scars and ensure they do not reappear.
How effective is laser treatment?
It’s been proven that laser treatment for acne scars is up to 80% effective for shallow ones. However, deeper scars may require other treatments to disappear fully.
How much does laser acne scar removal cost?
The cost for laser treatment for acne scars (and other scarring) on your body depends on several factors. It all depends on the scar’s size and the extent of the treatment you need. You can get a more accurate quote for this treatment by scheduling an initial consultation with us.
Is laser treatment for acne scars worth the investment?
If you have used at-home remedies and various topical solutions in the past, and they fall short of your expectations, then it may be time to consider laser acne scar removal. With this treatment, you can finally achieve the results you have hoped for.
In fact, today, laser removal of acne scars is one of the most effective solutions because it eliminates scarred tissue and encourages your body to replenish and replace it with fresh, new skin cells.
If you are interested in learning more about this treatment, we encourage you to reach out and schedule an initial consultation with us.