Acne Scars


Acne scars are not only a visible problem but also a psychological hindrance to many of the sufferers. This problem is one that starts early on in the teenage years, but actually can last into the patients’ middle age and longer. Until recently, it was difficult to correct acne scars. The different modalities such as dermabrasion and resurfacing lasers such as Fraxel and Thermage didn’t give a very satisfying outcome. These procedures are not only costly but often painful, and the final results were not nearly as good as expected.

Most recently, a new treatment has been shown to bring excellent improvement in acne scars. The treatment, called Fractora, utilizes fractional radiofrequency (RF). This sophisticated technology breaks up the radiofrequency waves into microscopic spots (hence the term “fractional”), and ends up causing tremendous collagen production in the skin after each treatment. We have biopsy evidence in a number of patients to show that 50% or more of the scarring disappeared after only 4 treatments. Of course, it’s possible to pursue additional treatments for even greater smoothing of the acne scars. Most importantly, the patients are happy as could be to see the unpleasant look of the scars soften and disappear in some spots completely after the series of treatments.

The treatments are performed under topical numbing cream for pain control, and if needed, oral medications can be offered to those who are truly faint of heart. Our patients have pursued their treatment series without hesitation.

The treatments are not only effective for light skin, but also are good for dark skin tones, unlike most other lasers and similar light therapies. Dr. Hellman has great experience in treating Latin, middle eastern, Asian and other olive and darker skin tones and types.

The treatments are performed under topical numbing cream for pain control, and if needed, oral medications can be offered to those who are truly faint of heart. Our patients have pursued their treatment series without hesitation. The treatments are not only effective for light skin, but also are good for dark skin tones, unlike most other lasers and similar light therapies. Dr. Hellman has great experience in treating Latin, middle eastern, Asian and other olive and darker skin tones and types.

Not only does the treatment help with acne scars, it also helps treat active acne and residual red and brown spots. Additionally, if a big event such as a wedding makes the time period very tight for treatments, fillers can be utilized to quickly smooth out the more stubborn or deeper spots for immediate gratification and results. Best fillers are Perlane and Restylane although all the different hyaluronic fillers can be used. Fillers last about 1 year or so in areas such as the cheeks, which do not move as much as for example the area of the lips.

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Acne-Scars: Before and After Treatment Photos - Female (oblique view)
Acne-Scars: Before and After Treatment Photos - Woman (oblique view)

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Fractora treatments can be preformed every 4 weeks, although a more accelerated schedule can be pursued if needed. However, after each treatment, the skin will keep turning out new , plumper collagen for as long as 6 months, and as such, the appearance of the skin will keep improving long term. Fillers as well provide some collagen production at the siFractora treatments are usually performed every 4 weeks, although a more accelerated or, a slower schedule can be pursued if needed. However, after each treatment, the skin will keep turning out new, plumper collagen for as long as 6 months, and so the appearance of the skin will keep improving long term. Fillers as well provide some collagen production at the site of the injection, and leave behind more naturally produced collagen as they are absorbed by the skin over time.te of the injection, and as such, leave behind more collagen as they are absorbed by the skin over time.

FAQ’s


QuestionI heard that fractional CO2 lasers such as the Fraxel offer the best solution for pitted acne scars. Why use Fractora?

Answer

First of all, pitted scars are a big challenge for all lasers. Additionally, CO2 lasers are not suitable for all skin types, thus eliminating it for anyone with somewhat darker skin tones, because of the risk of significant hyper or hypo pigmentation after the treatment. Fractora doesn’t have this type of a problem because of the radiofrequency being “colorblind”. Additionally, the Fractora is constructed in such a way that it delivers the treatment energy 3 mm deep inside the skin. This is much deeper and therefore more effective than any laser device which is a light emitted that”shines” its energy into the skin, without actually being able to penetrated and deliver the treatment in the depth where most collagen production is found.

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