For many years, the carbon dioxide laser (CO2) was a popular surgeon's tool for laser skin resurfacing, or peeling. Its use has been limited due to the risk of scarring and pigmentary changes resulting from the deep thermal damage (or heat build-up) produced in the skin. The introduction of the Erbium laser now allows the same type of results but with much less risk of complications. There are essentially two types of Erbium delivery systems, Laser Peel and Fractional Laser Peel
Laser Peel: The edges of the scar are treated with the Sciton Erbium laser, a clean, layer-by-layer vaporization of the edges of scar occurs, which smooth out the acne scar edges. The undesired tissue literally evaporates due to the high water content of the epidermis.
The procedure is quick and virtually pain-free. The initial healing process takes place over 2-7 days depending on the depth of the peel. Because the Sciton Erbium laser is so precise, the risk of scarring or other complications (such as infection) is minimized.
Laser Fractional Peel: This essentially involves burrowing hundreds of tiny holes in the skin and its collagen layer. Collagen once damaged, it stimulates production of fresh collagen that fills the acne scar "pit" further smoothing the acne scar. The process takes several months to show its maximum benefit. Treating acne scar is time consuming and requires patience. Two to three sessions may be required to achieve desirable results.
Call to schedule free initial consultation. During your complimentary consultation, Dr. Jafri will thoroughly examine your skin and discuss with you what type of program will deliver the optimum results for you.