Some patients’ acne lingers long after their initial skin breakouts have faded, in the form of scars that mar their complexion. Fortunately, solutions are available to reduce and erase acne scars. Laser Genesis treatment from the xeo aesthetic laser system offers permanent acne scar removal in just a few short treatments.

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What are the types and causes of acne scars?

Acne forms when your pores are clogged with dead skin cells, excess oil, or bacteria. The pore swells and may break, spilling these waste products into surrounding tissue. Your skin responds by increasing production of collagen to repair damage. However, these repairs sometimes fail to match the original skin, resulting in visible scars.

Acne scars come in two main types:

Hypertrophic or keloid scarring is an area of raised tissue on the surface of the skin. As acne spots heal, the body produces collagen to repair the skin, and too much collagen results in excess tissue.
Atrophic or depressed scarring is an area of lowered tissue, when the body produces too little collagen to repair acne spots. This type includes “icepick” scars, which are shaped like a long, narrow cut, and “boxcar” scars, which consist of circular or oval depressions.

How can I remove acne scars?

IPL laser treatment stimulates the formation of new collagen, restoring your skin to its original healthy glow. IPL, short for Intense Pulsed Light, is a laser system that reaches beneath your skin’s surface to heat the upper dermis, reducing excess redness. This treatment also reduces raised scars by evening your skin’s texture.

The procedure is safe for most areas of the body, and is particularly popular for the face and neck. During treatment, you will feel a gentle warming sensation on the affected skin area. No downtime is required, and you can return to normal activities immediately. Each individual treatment produces subtle results, and we suggest returning for four to six treatments, with several weeks between each treatment. We highly recommend clearing your acne before receiving any laser treatment. Any new acne breakouts may result in additional scarring, and the accompanying inflammation reduces the effectiveness of the treatment.
Some patients live with acne scars for years. But with IPL treatment as part of the revolutionary Skin Genesis procedure, we can address your acne scars and restore your skin to a smooth, unblemished appearance. Schedule an appointment to discuss how acne scar removal can benefit you.

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