Many people who have acne scars feel its negative effects down to their mental and emotional health. Studies have shown that those who suffer from this skin condition are at risk of developing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, low quality of life, poor self-image, and feeling lonely. Typical causes of acne include bacteria, excess oil production, hair follicles clogged by dead skin cells and oil, and excessive hormonal activity. Acne may get worse due to certain medications, hormones, stress, and diet.
Severe acne may clear up with proper treatment but it will leave scars. These scars, though, can be managed through effective acne scar treatment such as fractional CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser. This method targets only the scarred part of your skin, leaving the healthy, clear skin untouched. Premier Clinic is bringing you the fractional CO2 laser treatment for Malaysians so we can all benefit from it.
Why Fractional CO2 Laser
Fractional CO2 laser is preferred by those who suffer from acne for a few solid reasons. First, it does not only remove acne scars and other scars. It also reduces the signs of aging on the skin, including age spots, crow’s feet, age spots, and smoker’s lines.
Second, this laser treatment for acne scars comes only with a very mild discomfort, especially when a topical cream is applied on the skin before the procedure starts.
Third, this treatment works even on darker skin types, including Asian skin.
Fourth, the downtime is not that long, requiring only about four days. This meant that you will not have to take off as much time from your regular schedule after getting the procedure.
How Fractional CO2 Laser Works
During the procedure, a pattern of CO2 laser beams will create small, strategically-placed microscopic holes below the surface of your skin to generate new, healthy collagen and stimulate the healing of the acne scars. Collagen keeps the skin youthful and healthy. Fractional CO2 laser treatment works because its laser energy only affects a part of the skin instead of its entire surface, speeding up the recovery process.
What to Expect
The fractional CO2 laser treatment is performed using topical anesthesia. A topical numbing cream is applied to your skin an hour before the treatment starts. Throughout the procedure, you will stay awake and feel a slight discomfort.
A typical session only lasts around an hour, during which you will feel a peeling sensation and a slight sunburned feeling. This feeling is expected to last for four to five days.
Patients can get customized fractional CO2 laser treatment. They can get deeper treatments, but it would mean more downtime, around seven to 10 days, or shallower treatments, which would require less recovery time of around three to five days. But the deeper the treatment, the better the expected results are. Some patients, though, prefer to have two shallower treatments to avoid a longer downtime after each treatment.
After the treatment, you may notice your acne scars, age spots, wrinkles, crow’s feet, or other skin conditions becoming less noticeable. The skin will continue to clear over time. Results will start to show about a week after the treatment and will continue to show improvements within six months after the CO2 fractional laser was first used. In most cases, patients only require a single treatment if it can clear around 30 to 70% of the acne scars.
Getting a fractional CO2 laser treatment is more expensive than your usual over-the-counter treatments. However, it is a worthy investment that pays for itself over time in the form of clear, vibrant, healthy skin.
1. Is the treatment painful?
Fractional CO2 laser treatment has always been described as a series of fast, hot pinches. Local anesthetic will be applied to reduce the discomfort during the treatment.
2. Does the procedure have side effects?
CO2 laser treatment might leave some temporary redness in your skin after the procedure. However, this is normal as your skin reacts to the changes. The redness will reduce itself after 1-2 days.
3. Is there a long downtime?
The downtime for fractional CO2 laser treatment is approximately 5-6 days. However, the deeper the treatment goes, and the bigger area covered, a longer time is needed for your skin to heal.
4. How long does the procedure take?
Most of our patients completed their treatment after 1 hour to 1 hour and a half. However, the amount of time varies depending on the severity of the skin.
5. When can I start to see results?
CO2 laser treatment is the best solution for acne scar is you wish to get the most results with one session. The good thing about this treatment is that it can be customized. The deeper you go, the longer it is to see the result. For a shallow treatment, the result can be seen as soon as 1 or 2 days after the redness disappear.
6. How long do the result last?
Depending on the severity of the skin, most of our patients do not need a continued appointment as the result of CO2 laser treatment is permanent. As the collagen production continue, your skin retains its beautiful texture and bright complexion.
However, to complete a treatment, total of 4-5 treatments is needed. It would be spaced 1-4 weeks apart to give the skin time to heal and rest.
7. What should I do/don’t after the procedure?
You’re recommended to apply a cool pack to the treated area to reduce the redness. A warm shower can also help with your blood circulation. Applying skin care treatments and moisturizers can also help your skin to heal faster. You are also recommended to apply sunblock whenever you’re going out to reduce exposure to the sun that might cause pigmentation.
What should you avoid after the procedure is skin picking, as it may cause scarring. Please avoid using Retin-A, Benzyl Peroxide or glycolic acid for a few weeks. Our expert doctors will give you a detailed instruction on how to manage your skin properly. You are also advised to not put heavy pressure on the treated area as it might cause trauma to the skin. This involves massages, vigorous activities or further scratches.
8. Is there any food restrictions after the procedure?
There is no dietary constriction with this procedure.
9. What’s the entire process like, from the start of getting an appointment till the end of procedure?
The process starts with a FREE consultation session with our expert doctors. Here we will see whether you’re a suitable candidate to go for this treatment. If not, our experienced doctors will suggest other treatments for skin rejuvenation.
Then, you’ll be placed on a bed and applied anesthetic cream to help numb the skin area. The laser machine will then be used to penetrate and break down your skin tissue through the epidermis.
As a result, you’ll be able to have a fairer skin with no scar and tighter texture as the collagen produced naturally in your body.
10. How much does the consultation costs?
The consultation session is absolutely FREE of charge. We are keen to understand your concerns and your problems first before started charging you.
11. Is the procedure expensive? How do I get the price estimate?
The cost for Fractional CO2 Laser treatment is very minimal to other skin rejuvenation therapy. At Premier Clinic, we believe in providing the best treatment and solution with competitive price for our consumer’s benefits. We are also offering other payment alternatives that can help you get fair, smoother skin without having to break your bank account! Kindly check with our customer service representatives to get a price estimation.
12. How long do I make an appointment? Your locations and opening hours?
Appointment can be made the latest by 1 day before the procedure. You can make the reservation though Whatsapp/call at +6012-662-5552 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are available daily from 8am to 12pm.
We are also available in strategic locations around KL Valley namely TTDI, Bangsar, Puchong and KL City (Megan Avenue 1). Kindly proceed to our branches near you to view our facility.