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Does Laser Resurfacing Work for Acne?

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ANSWER:

There is no evidence to show that laser resurfacing has positive results for treating acne.

What Skin Conditions Does Laser Resurfacing Treat?

According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, laser resurfacing has been found to be effective in treating a variety of conditions. This procedure has shown positive results in helping to erase fine lines and facial wrinkles, smoothening and tightening the eyelid skin, improving the appearance of crow’s feet and frown lines, evening out the skin tone, lightening and flattening scars and improving the skin’s overall tone and texture[1]. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, laser resurfacing treatments also help to remove or treat vascular conditions, such as blood vessels that are noticeable on the skin or small blisters filled with blood that crop up on the skin surface[2].

Apart from the variety of skin conditions that laser resurfacing has been proven to treat, doctors and patients alike prefer laser resurfacing to other procedures because of the convenience and practicality of this treatment. All you need is at thirty minutes to one hour per session for you to see results.

What Are The Side Effects of Laser Resurfacing?

Despite the claim that laser resurfacing has minimal side effects, this procedure is not without its risks and special considerations.

You must keep in mind that your skin becomes more sensitive after undergoing a laser resurfacing treatment. Therefore, you must stay away from the sun and diligently apply sun protection on your skin. Your skin may also feel slightly raw and it may look reddish[3].  Some people with more sensitive skin feel a slight stinging and/or itchy sensation on the treated skin. These side effects however do not last long and will disappear within the next five to seven days following your procedure. Some patients have also been found to experience acne flare-ups following their laser resurfacing treatments[4].

 

Resources

[1]“Laser Resurfacing Information.” ASDS – American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Web. 23 May 2011. <http://www.asds.net/LaserResurfacingInformation.aspx>.

[2] “Skin Rejuvenation and Resurfacing.” The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Web. 23 May 2011. <http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/skin-rejuvenation-and-resurfacing.html>.

[3] “Skin Rejuvenation and Resurfacing.” The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Web. 23 May 2011. <http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/skin-rejuvenation-and-resurfacing.html>.

[4] “Skin Rejuvenation and Resurfacing.” The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Web. 23 May 2011. <http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/skin-rejuvenation-and-resurfacing.html>.

 

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