Laser Acne Scar Treatment

Once acne is healed, many experience stubborn scars that are often left behind. Our unique Laser Acne Scar Treatment is safe for all skin types and all types of acne scarring.

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The Laser Acne Scar Treatment targets superficial and deeper levels of the skin. The laser produces micro-wounds in the tissue, breaking up the old collagen and replacing the area with new collagen for a smoother-looking appearance. Depending on the severity or depth of scarring, your technician may pair this treatment with IPL, PRP, Filler, Subsection, Laser, or a Microlaser Peel. Multiple treatments may be needed for optimal results.

Laser Acne Scar Treatment


Before You Arrive:
+ Please ensure you have filled out your Health History/Intake form before your appointment. If you are unable to complete it, please arrive 15 minutes early
+ We recommend eating a light snack or meal 30min-1hr before your appointment
+ Remove makeup before the appointment
+ Ensure you wear medical grade SPF 50 in the treatment area 4-6 weeks prior
+ Wear loose comfortable clothing to your appointment
+ Ensure you have showered prior as you won’t be able to wash your hair for a couple days
+ Ensure all facial hair is shaved before the appointment

How to Prepare:
+ You can take Tylenol before your appointment to help with the pain

What To Avoid:
Please avoid the following:
+ Alcohol & smoking 24 hours prior
+ Caffeine on the day of treatment
+ Aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen, Advil®, Motrin®, Aleve®, Fish oil, Gingko Biloba, St. John’s Wort, and high doses of vitamin E, unless medically necessary
+ Neuromodulators for at least 2 weeks prior
+ Filler for at least 4 weeks prior
+ Sun exposure 4-6 weeks prior
+ Tanning including spray tan and self-tanning products 4-6 weeks prior (if you have a tan at the time of your appointment it will have to be rescheduled for safety reasons)
+ Retinol or active exfoliants for 5-7 days prior
+ Must be off of oral isotretinoin (Accutane) for a minimum of 6 months prior
+ It is our policy not to provide treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding


+ 7 days, this is true downtime and you must remain indoors until your skin is healed
+ Bleeding and oozing normal for the first 24 hours
+ Redness, swelling, and tenderness are to be expected for a couple days
+ Dryness and sloughing will develop as healing progresses

Post Care:
+ Vinegar soaks and gentle cleanser can be used on day 1 post-treatment
+ Apply a thin layer of Aquaphor after cleansing
+ Vinegar soaks can be done throughout the day, up to 5 times per day
+ Only cleanse with gentle cleanser morning and night
+ Aquaphor can be applied as needed to keep skin moist
+ You can start applying a gentle moisturizer (of your practitioner’s choosing on day 4)
+ Can take antihistamines to control swelling
+ Keep the area clean and keep hair tied up

What to avoid:
Please avoid the following:
+ Sun exposure for 1 week
+ Hot tubs, baths, saunas, and steam rooms for 1 week
+ Strenuous for exercise for 1 week
+ Makeup, lotions, and active skin care for 1 week
+ Cannot shave treated area for 2 weeks post

Follow Up:
+ Contact us immediately if you have any blister, cold sore, or pustule formation in the treated area
+ We recommend 3-5 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart for optimal results
+ Maintenance treatments potentially needed

Treatment Info

Treatments Needed
1-5, more may be needed based on the severity of the scar
Results In
4 weeks, continues up to 3-6 months
Results Last
Several years

Benefits of Laser Acne Scar Treatment

+ Reduce the appearance of the scar
+ Improve the texture of the skin tissue
+ Regain confidence, and improve quality of life
+ Minimize pigmentation or redness caused by the scar
+ More seamless appearance between the scar and + sounding tissue

Conditions It Treats

+ Acne Scars
+ Uneven Skin Texture
+ Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)

Frequently Asked Questions

+ How long does a Laser Acne Scar Treatment take?

Approximately 60-90 mins.

+ Who is a candidate for Laser Acne Scar Treatment?

Anyone who is suffering from deep, mild to moderate acne scarring.

+ Is the Laser Acne Scar Treatment worth it?

It is one of the most effective solutions for acne scars because it helps to break down scarred tissue and encourages your body to replace it with healthy, fresh skin cells.

+ Is the Laser Acne Scar Treatment painful?

Numbing can be applied and you can expect some mild discomfort during treatment.

+ How does the laser cause new healing to improve the old scar?

Your Laser Acne Scar Treatment needs to break down old scar tissue first and stimulate collagen production to support new, healthy skin – improving the appearance of the tissue.

+ Who is a good candidate for laser acne scar treatment?

Laser acne scar treatment is suitable for individuals with mild to moderate acne scarring. It is important to have realistic expectations and understand that multiple sessions may be required for optimal results. People with certain medical conditions, such as active infections or skin disorders, may not be suitable candidates. Please speak to SKIN Clinics dermatologist or skin experts.