According to a new study, the type of laser that is usually used for tattoo removal can also treat facial scarring from acne. Acne is the most common skin disease in the United States, according to the US National Institutes of Health. As far as the treatment of scars is concerned, another type of laser is already used to treat scarring from the condition.
However, the tattoo removal laser tested in this new study transmits lower energy doses and was used with a special add-on lens. The treatment reduced acne scarring by an average of 25 percent to 50 percent in 20 patients.
“We now have a safe, effective treatment option for acne scars in individuals of all skin types that requires minimal preparation before treatment and results in minimal downtime afterward,”
said lead researcher Dr. Jeremy Brauer, a dermatologist at Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York.
Moreover general research has shown that acne scarring has negative psychological effects as well. The scars can ruin the skin’s texture and are hard to conceal with makeup, Dr. Omar Ibrahimi, a dermatologist at Stamford Hospital and Connecticut Skin Institute who specializes in treating scarring explained.
“Acne scarring can have a very negative impact on a person’s well-being, and moderate and severe acne can leave its mark in the form of acne scars long after the condition has passed,”
“Given that acne is a disease of youth, these scars can have a negative impact on a person’s functioning in their most formative years. A procedure that has the potential to improve acne scars with only a few hours to a few days of redness and swelling is quite impressive.”
In this study, 15 women and 5 men received 6 treatments with the special laser. The research was partly funded by Cynosure, a company providing aesthetic laser treatments, however Cynosure was not involved in the collection or analysis of data. On a scale of 1 to 10, the participants rated the pain an average of almost 3 during the first treatment and slightly more than 3 during the last treatment. The pulse rate of the laser increased across the sessions. But compared to other alternatives, this laser treatment causes less pain, redness and swelling, and has a faster recovery time.
The findings were published online Nov. 19 in the journal JAMA Dermatology.