A new study showed that the same laser used for removing unwanted tattoos can also be used to remove any acne scars.
The new study tested the tattoo removing laser called the picoseconds pulse on 17 patients with severe acne scars on their face. The researchers used the tattoo removing laser on the subjects’ face six times. The sessions came 4 -8 weeks apart and each laser session lasted between 10 to 15 minutes.
One of the authors of the new study, dermatologist Dr. Jeremy A. Brauer said that:
“In general, even those who had deeper scars seemed to be pleased with the results.”
Dr. Brauer works at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center in New York.
The scars of the ones who participated in the study showed an improvement of 25 to 50% a month after the last laser session. The improvement was maintained for three months after, as seen in the pictures taken before and after the sessions with the tattoo removing laser.
Those who took part in the study said that they are satisfied with the results of the laser treatment for removing acne scars. The sessions were paid for by the company that makes the laser, Cynosure.
Cynosure designed the study but was not involved in collecting, managing and analyzing the data of the patients. Dr. Brauer and his partner, Dr. Roy G. Geronemus were the ones to manage the data. The doctors said they received money from the Cynosure / Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc.
Currently, the method used for treating acne scars involved a device called a fractional ablative laser, which is harsher with the skin than the tattoo removing laser tested in the study. After sessions with the ablative laser, it takes people about a month before healing. Dr. Brauer said that both methods are efficient for treating deep acne scars but it depends on the patient, the skin type or the type of the scarring.
“For someone who cannot afford much downtime or who wants a ‘quicker treatment’ and doesn’t mind coming more frequently for multiple sessions, the picosecond laser is a great option.”
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