Laser For Acne Scars? Not So Fast...

Yesterday I said I would speak to the other ways to remove acne scarring. Today I want to focus on laser therapy.

There are growing questions surrounding laser treatments for damaged skin. It is well to note here that dermatological laser therapy is a very new technology and like everything that comes along has been touted as the fountain of youth and repair by the companies that manufacture them.

Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Laser therapy works only under very specific conditions and has its own brand of side effects. The most common type available is the Fraxel Laser Treatments.

Low level light is used to create a reaction in the surface of the skin. Currently this method is not very effective because more research needs to be developed in the laser's ability to cause a major change in skin cells. This just does not happen at this point.

What's more, since laser therapy is a drugless therapy, it does not undergo or get the FDA scrutiny that drugs and surgical/chemical methods do. So, you have a lot of people selling, well, not much truth.

These treatments are not cheap either! They average $1000.00 for a single treatment to $5000.00 for a session of three to five visits, and as you might guess more than one visit is needed to see measurable results.

Since I want to keep this simple for all of us I am going to outline here what laser treatments can do for the skin and what they can't do. Hopefully this will clear up any misconceptions (I had quite a few myself when I first learned of the technology) on how they work.

What Laser Treatments Can Do Currently:

1. Disperse ink in skin such as tattoos. (70% success rate)

2. Lighten surface skin discolorations. (80% success rate)

3. Lighten some birthmarks, more effect on "wine" or red birth marks than dark.

4. Tighten loose skin on the back of the hands and under the chin. (less effective)

5. Improve broken capillaries or "spider vein" areas. (90% success rate)

6. Strengthen weak or healing fractures in bones.

7. Shrink and reduce some forms of cancerous tumors.

8. Even pockets and indentations of misplaced collagen in areas of the skin.

9. Kill unwanted hair follicles.

What Laser Treatments Can't Do Currently:

Results in acne patients and other skin diseases have been very minimal, mostly because lasers are not able to target the root causes (such as immune response) to these diseases.

Laser treatments as of today are truly relegated to the cosmetic enhancement side of skin care. I hope this has shed a little light on laser therapies and what they can and can't do.

As I always say, if this is something your interested in please get more information for yourself. Do your research and watch your dollars.

Laser light therapy holds a lot of promise in many medical situations and it will be exciting to see how it develops as we move into the future. If it did all the things you see and hear.... everyone would be doing it, no question.

The great news is you can treat yourself and your skin to the healthy alternatives that really work and support you today.

I always like to give everyone more access to information that you can use today so visit the next link below to get step-by-step information on how to keep your skin healthy, clear, and youthful looking!

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Wishing you a healthy and joyous day,

Chris Gibson
The Hardest Working Guy In Skin Care

"Inspiring Healthy Choices For Better Living."


Kiki said...

Chris, you may also be interested in learning that a great number of people have been HARMED by lasers and light devices. Actually, permanently damaged for life. These devices have the ability to seriously do negative things to the skin and of course can get so hot as to burn the skin. Peels are much less risky, in my opinion. Furthermore, lasers and light devices have actually been known to cause acne, not treat it.

Anonymous said...

I am glad you said something about laser. Wish you had said it earlier before I invested thousands of dollars. FRAXEL DOES NOT, I REPEAT NOOOOT WORK FOR ACNE/ACNE SCARS. Instead I was left with a suntanned faced that is still quite obvious after 8 months. Save your money and try a probiotic with cod liver oil.

Anonymous said...

i have also had laser done and it wasted my precious money. it was really very expensive for just 4 sessions and not a difference to the skin! yes people should become aware of this and boycott this industry as it is a total ripp-off!