Acne is one of the most common skin issues that people have and even after getting rid of these unsightly bumps, the scars and skin blemishes left behind by the inflammation can be highly distressing. Many a times oral medication, over-the-counter creams and home remedies to not work on these stubborn acne. Do you wish to get rid of them as quickly as possible? One of the options for comparatively a more quick way to deal with scars and hyper-pigmentation left behind when acne heals is laser treatment. It can also be beneficial for inflammatory acne. If you want to consider this option, we share with you some frequently asked questions about laser acne treatment answered by Dr. Roma Pandhi, Consultant Dermatologist & Dermatosurgeon, Pandhi Hospital, Chandigarh. (ALSO READ What are Age Spots? Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions about Age Spots or Liver Spots).

Do lasers work to clear acne? How?

In today’s time lasers and other light therapies are the best way to treat acne. Just beam a light to make the acne disappear. Studies show that lasers and other light treatments can reduce acne. To give you the best results, your dermatologist may recommend combination of Lasers and oral or other topical medications

What acne scar treatment options are available?

For acne scarring depending upon the type and depth of scarring there are multiple options .There are peels , IPL , Lasers Fractional Co2 or just Fractional , Micro needling or MCS , PRP to name a few. Non-invasive ResurFX technology by Lumenis eliminates wrinkles and scars with virtually no downtime. Clinical analyses of skin after a series of three to five non-surgical treatments show remarkable benefits. The ResurFX technology by Lumenis is an advanced fractional non-ablative system with a state-of-the-art Cool Scan scanner for customizable treatments. It is a very versatile technology offering treatment for dyschromia, acne and surgical scars, periorbital wrinkles and skin resurfacing. It is also best suited for fine lines, dis-colouration, age spots, open pores, keloids and stretch marks.

How to judge if you are the right candidate for laser acne treatment?

To select a patient for acne scarring treatment for laser, few things are to be kept in mind. First, for any laser treatment for selecting the patient we need to see his or her skin type and the kind of acne scars they have also as to whether the said laser will give the patient the desired results without any major unavoidable side effects.

What exactly happens during a consultation and how long does it take?

Acne consultations may take from about half an hour to one hour. Depending upon whether it is a first visit or revisit and also to address any associated issues of PCOS. Patients may require additional time if they are in for some procedures or its related counselling. (ALSO READ A Doctor Answers the Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions about PCOS).

Are there any side effects of laser therapy?

As far as after effects are concerned, if the right kind of laser is used for the right kind of problem and skin type with a good counselling for post care the side effects are next to nil and also the results are maximised. There is always a temporary erythema (redness) of the skin which can be easily camouflaged with makeup.

What are the results of laser acne treatment?

ResurFX technology by Lumenis can reduce the scars and can also smoothen the skin especially the rolling and box scars which are reduced by almost 80 percent.

How much does it cost?

The cost is variable depending on the laser being used and the number of sittings the patient needs but anywhere between INR 6000 to 10,000 per sitting.