For acne scars, would multiple CO2 treatments help?

Hi Dr. Irwin, I am a big fan of your column and follow your recommendations religiously. I live in London, do you ever travel to this part of the world to see patients? Secondly I had 1 session of Deka fractional Co2 treatment after reading your column, it was done in a specialist clinic, I was very happy with the results. My main aim was to improve skin tone and get rid of my deep acne scars close to my hairlines on the sides of my face. While skin tone is much better, my scars are still very apparent. For your patients do you recommend more sessions or a combination of different lasers? Thanks a lot Piril

You are so welcome!   I’m glad you were helped by the treatment. 

You’re exactly right for the deep acne scars, they generally need more than 1 treatment or a different kind of treatment.   Perhaps consider talking to your doctor about adding subscision also –  see description here.  Scroll about half way down the page to Subscision.

Or your doctor may be able to spot treat just the deeper acne scars with the CO2 laser.  In some cases, that’s not advised because it might create a color/texture blending problem, in which case a full face treatment might be needed again. 

Hope this helps,

Dr. I

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