The Use of Laser Treatment For Acne Scars

scarIt is common to come across individuals that suffer from acne whether they are women, men or even children. Some cases of acne are much more severe than others. For those of us with bad acne the problems can last even after the spots have cleared up in the form of scars. The number of treatment options for people with acne is increasing gradually with some being considered more effective than others.

Recently laser treatment has become more popular. It’s a non invasive treatment that doesn’t require serious surgery. The proper treatment of scars can make the difference between having smooth silky skin and skin which looks rough and bumpy.

How Lasers Can Help

Acne scars that form in an affected area of the body usually because of either squeezing the pimples or picking them. When the pimples are not left to heal in their own time, they result in unsightly scars that can leave people embarrassed or contribute to low self-esteem. The scars that form as the healing of acne progresses can either have a depression or be deep and narrow. It is important to treat the acne before dealing with the scars it leaves behind.

Laser treatment is one of the best way of treating acne scars on any part of the body whether they are mild or even severe. However, it is crucial to keep in mind that this treatment may not be able to completely erase the scars left behind by acne. But it should make the appearance of the area much improved as the sessions continue. There are two types of laser treatments that can be categorized as ablative and non-ablative.


Ablative laser treatments are best for those people with severe scarring from acne as the procedure involves the removal of the outer layers of the skin in a bid to have it resurfaced. The lasers used in ablative procedures burn skin tissues to a specified depth so that a new skin is revealed that is much smoother and does not have scars.

This type of treatment requires a bit of time to be done well and usually takes at least two weeks to heal with some redness that disappears over time. However it’s still less invasive than surgery.


Non-ablative laser treatments use laser beams to make changes to the skin below the surface without damaging it. The result is that the skin is much tighter and more collagen is produced to help in forming the new skin. The procedure takes a very short time and as soon as the patient is out of surgery they should be able to go on with their regular activities. It is the best option for individuals who have mild scarring from acne as well as problems with their skin pigmentation. Non ablative lasers like this can help with a range of cosmetic skin conditions.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information report the following on the use of the laser:

Our findings support the use of a short-pulsed, low-fluence 1,064-nm Nd:YAG laser as a safe, effective treatment for facial acne scarring. Scar improvement was noted in all treated subjects with minimal discomfort and no downtime. This protocol appears to be most effective at reducing scar depth and softening scar contours. A laser upgrade needed for the study was provided to the authors at a reduced price.


Overall, treatment of acne scars using laser treatment has minimal side effects. But depending on the sort of laser there can skin color loss for individuals with darker skin tones. There may also be some swelling and redness which is common with procedures of this kind.

If you’re worried go and have a talk with your dermatologist. This will help in two ways:

  • It will show you their experience – They should be able to answer the questions accurately and clearly if they know what they’re doing. If their answers don’t seem clear perhaps look for treatment elsewhere.
  • Reassure you – It’s important that you feel comfortable about the treatment and are made aware of potential side effects. There are many different laser systems which could be used in the treatment. All have their own advantages and disadvantages.