What is the best laser treatment out there for scars on the face?
For deep, noticeable scars:
Hands down, if the scars are deeper, quite noticeable, or irregular, a Fractionated CO2 laser will give the best results. Examples are the DEKA Dot, or the Lumenis Active/Deep FX, or the Fraxel Repair are the most customizable. There are other good ones. How does this technology work? The fractional CO2 laser takes the CO2 laser beam and fractionates, or pixellates that beam into thousands of tiny little shafts of light. These tiny shafts of light penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. The skin then repairs those tiny shafts by pushing out the old sun damaged skin and replacing it with new skin. I explain more about the procedure, downtime, and other frequently asked questions on Fractionated CO2 lasers in my article here
For shallow acne scars:
The Fraxel Restore (erbium) could be fine for shallow acne scars or a traumatic scar that’s small or not very visible. Expect to need 3-10 treatments, depending on the size, shape and depth of the scar. Usually treatments can be done about a month apart. More on how Fraxel works, results, costs and other common questions on my article here
– My article on scars in-depth here
– What is the best laser for raised scars? I answer here
Hope this helps, Dr. I