Acne can be a disfiguring skin condition, even long after the breakouts have stopped. Scarring from acne can be as cosmetically embarrassing as the condition itself, leaving deep pock marks and icepick scars in the skin that can’t be covered up with makeup. Laser treatments can be a good option for these unsightly scars, but which laser should you choose? At Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery, we use the innovative Halo Laser for many of our patients concerned about acne scarring.
The Hybrid Advantage
There are three basic types of laser that can be used for cosmetic enhancement:
Ablative lasers vaporize the outer skin layers, revealing smoother, more youthful skin underneath. This is typically the best way to eliminate acne scarring and other imperfections like fine lines and wrinkles. However, ablative laser procedures can be quite painful and the recovery time may be two to three weeks. This is a major drawback for patients with busy schedules that cannot drop out of their active lives for that long. The discomfort associated with the procedure and recovery process also make ablative lasers undesirable for many patients.
Non-ablative lasers do not work as deeply into the dermal layers, ensuring a comfortable procedure with little or no downtime. These procedures can also reduce the appearance of superficial imperfections, such as shallow scarring and fine lines. However, the results are much more subtle and multiple treatments will likely be required to achieve full results.
Now, there is a third choice in laser treatments that offers the similar benefits to ablative treatments but with the comfort level and recovery time of non-ablative procedures. These lasers are known as hybrid lasers because they provide both an ablative and a non-ablative wavelength at the same time. This allows the laser to work deeper into the dermal levels without extensive discomfort or downtime afterward.
The Halo laser used by Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery is a top choice in hybrid lasers with the ability to treat a wide range of concerns in addition to acne scarring. Treatment targets for the Halo laser might include:
- Shallow scarring from acne or chicken pox
- Fine lines and facial wrinkles
- Enlarged pores
- Age spots and other pigmentation irregularities
- Uneven skin texture and tone
This procedure is particularly effective on mild to moderate acne scarring, offering positive results after just one treatment session. Some patients opt for more than one treatment, allowing them to see progressive improvements in the skin over time. Those results will be long-lasting, giving you the smoother, more beautiful skin you are wanting for many years to come.
No Pain, Plenty of Gain
A Halo laser treatment can be performed using topical numbing cream, ensuring your comfort throughout the procedure. An integrated cooling device also keeps your skin at a safe temperature during treatment while the laser energy heats the deeper dermal layers to stimulate the body’s own healing response. The procedure typically takes a couple of hours from the time the numbing cream is applied to leaving our office to return to your regular activities.
The results from your Halo laser treatment will be seen in the days and weeks following your procedure. If you want additional enhancement, you can schedule subsequent treatments to see further improvement. Your results will last for a number of years before any type of touch-up procedure might be needed to maintain your positive new look.
Don’t let acne scars keep you from feeling your best about your appearance. Contact Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery today at 201-552-4155 to find out if the Halo laser is the right choice for you.