Acne can leave behind a devastating reminder. Thankfully at Denver Laser Solutions we get great results improving pitted and darkened acne scars. We treat them with both laser and chemical peel treatments. When it comes to surgical or wound-healing scars it is best to start revision as soon as possible. Ideally this will occur after the wound is healed and before scar tissue can really set in. Whether they started out raised or discolored, your surgical and acne scars will no longer be the first thing people see.
Fractional laser energy is delivered into the skin to breakup scar tissue. Over a series of treatments collagen regeneration smooths out both pitted acne scars and raised (keloid) scars. Intense pulse light photo facial may also be used if the scar has irregular pigment.
Price per treatment:
Small area, $150
Medium area, $250
Large area, $400
How does laser scar removal work?
Although we may never be able to fully remove your scars we will reduce their appearance and fade them from view. Laser scar removal works by delivering heat columns into the skin to break up scar tissue. This heat causes slight damage to the tissue resulting in collagen stimulation. The production of collagen helps the skin return to its natural state.
What types of scars can be treated?
This type of removal treatment can be used for virtually any kind of scar, acne scars, wound healing scars and surgical scars can all be improved, reduced or removed, anywhere on the body.
How many treatments will I need?
Reducing the appearance of your scar will take some time. Although you will see improvements fairly quickly we recommend a series of at least three treatments from our Master Estheticians. For some of our Denver scar revision clients, Intense Pulse Light (IPL) and/or chemical peels are encouraged to assist in obtaining your most optimal result. Schedule a complementary consultation with Denver Laser Solutions today. We can analyze your situation and customize the right treatment plan for you.
Am I a good candidate for scar removal?
If you have a scar that’s been bothering you please don’t hesitate to discuss with us your options for treatment. Our laser is safe for all skin types, from very light to very dark.
Does it hurt?
Although the discomfort is manageable, we recommend using a topical numbing cream to make the procedure a little more comfortable. You can purchase prescription-strength numbing cream from us, or we can apply it for you approximately 45 minutes prior to your treatment.
What should I expect after treatment?
You will experience some warmth and slight swelling in the treated area. This will start to fade several hours after treatment. We recommend using ice packs on the area intermittently for several hours to reduce redness and swelling. Most patients can usually receive a treatment and go back to their daily activities.
Chemical peels can be used to assist laser treatments by thinning out the surface layer of the skin. This allows laser light to penetrate more effectively. At the same time it will lessen the depth of pitted scars and resurface raised scars.
Price per treatment: $75-$150
What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a treatment that uses naturally derived substances to peel away the top layers of the skin. This stimulates the skin’s natural healing process which creates new healthy, young skin cells. Chemical peels can help with sun damage, acne, melasma (pregnancy mask), acne scarring, pore size, and fine lines and wrinkles.
Are chemical peels safe?
Some people see the word “chemical” and imagine something unnatural or harsh, but all of the acids that we use are from a natural origin. The word “chemical” is used to denote that it is not a mechanical form of exfoliation like a scrub or microdermabrasion. Instead there is a “chemical” reaction taking place within the skin cells.
Chemical peels are completely safe substances when used properly and for the appropriate skin type. However it is very important that you protect your skin from our Denver sun to void unnecessary risk of sunburn post treatment.
What is the difference between a level I, II, and TCA peel?
There are lots of variables that come into play to determine the strength of a chemical peel. The ingredient, PH level, how long the chemical peel is left on the skin, how many layers are applied, and whether the peel is lightly applied or vigorously rubbed in all play a role in determining the level of peeling and downtime.
Level I peels have no downtime with zero to minimal flaking, also known as a “lunchtime” peel. These chemical peels are usually alpha hydroxy acid based witch give a lovely glow to the skin and are a great form of exfoliation for skin that feels rough and lackluster.
Level II peels have a higher percentage active ingredient with mild to moderate skin peeling that usually lasts 2-3 days. These peels are typically Jesner’s solutions which contain a blend of resorcinol, lactic acid, and salicylic acid. Best for more corrective and lightening effects compared to a level I peel.
TCA or trichloracetic acid (level III) peel is a medical-strength peel that has the longest peeling time (usually 3-5 days) but also provides the most correction in one treatment. TCA peels are perfect for someone trying to correct acne scarring, severe sun damage, or more advanced signs of aging.
How many chemical peels will I need?
Number and frequency of peels are all dependent on your skin care concerns- whether you are trying to correct years of sun damage, fine lines, acne, or even skin that looks dull and lackluster. We like to use a variety of treatments and modalities, so we highly recommend coming in initially for a facial or consultation so that we can create a customized treatment plan, tailor-fit to your own individual needs.
Does it hurt?
You should expect a slight tingling sensation and warmth during the treatment. The higher level of the peel the more activity you will feel. Your esthetician will be checking in on your comfort level throughout the treatment by using a scale from 1-10 to gauge the level of activity you feel.
How should I prepare for my treatment?
An at home skin care regime containing the same type of active ingredients found in the chemical peel solution will better prepare your skin for accepting the chemical peel and post treatment healing. We do however recommend discontinuing prescription topical exfoliators like Retin-A for three days prior to treatment.
What should I expect after treatment?
Immediately after treatment your skin may feel flushed or warm, this sensation dissipates within a few hours but we recommend avoiding any aerobic exercise, hot showers, saunas and pools with chemicals for 72 hours. Typically by day two your skin starts to feel rather dry and tight, which is a sign you will start the peeling process. The peeling process can be mild or more significant depending on the level of the peel and last 2-5 days. Throughout the healing process you will want to be diligent about sunscreen and avoid excessive exfoliation of the area. By day 7 your skin is fully healed and you can enjoy the benefits of the service!
Any 3 treatments 10% off
Any 6 treatments 20% off
Any 9 treatments 25% off