A lot of people deal with acne on their face, but there are a number of places that acne can develop. Laser acne treatments can be applied to a variety of areas, including arms, upper torso, neck, and back. There are a couple ways that laser acne treatment works to clear a patient’s skin.
First, the top layer of skin is removed with heat, which is concentrated on where scars have formed. A person’s skin begins to appear and feel smoother as more scar tissue is removed, and the scar’s overall appearance becomes less apparent.
Second, healthy cells are prompted to grow as heat and light are applied. The laser’s heat also increases blood flow to the area, which in turn reduces inflammation of the tissue. After the laser acne treatment is complete, the skin should look less raised, will start healing, and will begin to have a healthier look. Depending on the severity of scarring, a patient may need to have multiple treatments in order to see better results.
After a day or two, people that get the treatments can go back to work, with little to no downtime. Some necessary steps should be taken after, however, including avoiding any direct sun for four to six weeks after the procedure, using a cold pack or moistening a cloth and applying it to the area to help reduce swelling, using over-the-counter pain medication if necessary, and rinsing and applying moisturizer daily. For any work done on the face, makeup may need to be avoided for a few days. It’s important that sunscreen is applied thoroughly to avoid the negative effects that UV rays cause, such as hyperpigmentation.
While the thought of a laser on one’s skin may sound uncomfortable and daunting, the sensation can be described as a warm, tingly burn, but not uncomfortable enough where a person would need to have numbing cream applied before hand. However, every person’s skin is different, and it may be important to have a discussion about skin sensitivity with an expert such as CBB Blvd before proceeding with treatments.