is gaining tremendous traction for treating acne scars. It’s especially useful for shallow scars with a saucer-like appearance. There’s no heat, so there’s no big worry about pigmentation. It’s comparatively more comfortable than laser as well. Plus it’s a more affordable option when the budget is a big concern.
SmoothBeam: A non-invasive way to treat acne scars. Non-invasive lasers do not cut or remove the skin surface. Instead, their action occurs underneath the outer layers of the skin. Because the laser works at a deep level, you won’t experience prolonged pain or peeling.
The SmoothBeam laser employs a revolutionary, patented process with DCD (Dynamic Cooling Device). This device first deep-cools the area of skin to be treated with a short blast of cryogen spray which protects the epidermis. This is instantly followed by the laser beam which targets the upper dermis. This combined cooling/heating process protects the outer layer of the skin while allowing the heat to reprogram the collagen-building process within the deeper layers of your skin. Improvements occur “inside out” by the production of this new collagen. Multiple treatments are necessary to stimulate collagen and minimize the acne scars. We can never promise total removal of scars, so please set your expectation to one of improvement.
Smoothbeam is also used as an “active acne” treatment. Double benefits of lessening active acne lesions – which helps prevent future scarring – and scar reduction are provided in the same treatment. Another new system for active acne that many patients are benefiting from is Isolaz which cleanses the pores by suction and kills bacteria with special light.
VBeam: Taking the Red out of Acne Scars
The “red” left behind in acne scars is a result of tiny broken capillaries at the site of the healed acne lesion. This redness is more common to “newer” acne scars and is hard to conceal, making the evidence of acne more pronounced, even after it has healed. Lasers that target these broken capillaries cause the small vessels to coagulate and be reabsorbed by the body. This effectively reduces the redness.
Vbeam (Pulsed Dye Laser) is commonly used for the treatment of red acne scars, stretch marks, and keloids, which are thickened scar tissue. It is also useful in treating the redness and broken vessels in the skin caused by Rosacea. The Vbeam laser usually requires three to five treatments. Because the VBeam uses a similar cooling and deep heating process to that of the SmoothBeam (though the target is the broken vessel) the treatment is well-tolerated and protects the outer surface of the skin.
The combination of VBeam and SmoothBeam lasers are commonly used during the same session to improve acne scars. There is no down-time for either SmoothBeam or VBeam laser treatments. Procedures are generally very tolerable and laser pulses are only microseconds long…the laser pulse feels somewhat similar to the light “snap” of a rubber band.