• April 16, 2024

Last updated on April 18, 2024

Many people find that surface-level treatments fall short of fully addressing acne scars. Despite numerous options, achieving truly smooth skin can often be difficult. At The Bougainvillea Clinique, we offer an alternative that can help patients see better results in a shorter amount of time.

Laser resurfacing goes deeper than many conventional methods, targeting the underlying skin layers that are most affected by scarring. This technique can remove layers of damaged skin and make it appear smoother and more uniform. We offer a variety of laser options that are effective and convenient. 

Learning More About Acne Scars

How Do Acne Scars Form?

Acne scars are a common aftermath of severe or chronic acne. When acne penetrates the skin deeply, it damages the skin and the underlying tissue. As the acne begins to heal, the body repairs the damage. During healing, the body produces collagen, a protein that supports the skin and gives it suppleness and firmness. If the body produces too little or too much collagen, you are left with a scar which can either be raised or indented depending on the amount of collagen produced during the healing process.

Types of Acne Scars

The most common types of acne scars include boxcar scars, ice-pick scars, and rolling scars. Boxcar scars are angular with sharp edges, sometimes resembling chickenpox scars and often appearing on the jaw and lower cheeks. Ice-pick scars are deep and narrow, creating the impression of being poked with a sharp object. Rolling scars create wave-like undulations across the skin and are typically a result of long-term inflammatory acne.

How Laser Skin Resurfacing Works to Reduce Acne Scars

Laser resurfacing involves using focused light beams to remove damaged skin layers. This process, known as ablation, not only removes the scar tissue but also triggers the body’s natural healing processes. As the treated area heals, the new skin that forms is smoother and more uniform. This method, which can be adjusted for depth and intensity, allows for tailored treatment plans that are effective across different types of scars and individual patient needs.

Our Laser Devices

Erbium YAG Laser

The Erbium YAG laser is a tool for skin rejuvenation that targets medium-depth lines, wrinkles, and scarring. Unlike deeper resurfacing options, this laser offers a gentler solution, which means recovery can be quicker compared to more intense treatments. The precision of this technology makes it an excellent choice for patients seeking noticeable improvements without extensive downtime and is a valuable addition to our laser skin treatment options.


For deeper scars, the fractional laser resurfacing of the CO2RE device by Syneron and Candela can produce significant results. It is engineered to treat various layers of skin tissue, from the superficial to the deeper layers. By using a fractional method, this technology targets fractions of the skin at a time, which reduces recovery periods. As one of the most robust laser skin resurfacing tools available, CO2RE is particularly effective for acne scar removal, improving skin texture, and revitalizing the overall complexion.

Preparing for Laser Acne Scar Removal

When preparing for laser resurfacing to treat acne scars, it is important to follow specific guidelines to ensure the skin is ready for the treatment. Avoid sun exposure and retinoid products in the weeks leading up to your treatment. We may also recommend a pre-treatment skincare regimen to optimize your skin’s condition for laser resurfacing for scars, enhancing the effectiveness of the treatment.

What to Expect During the Treatment

During the laser skin treatment, you will experience the precise application of laser energy to targeted areas of your skin. During skin rejuvenation, you will feel minimal discomfort thanks to the advanced technology of the laser devices and our strategies for pain management such as topical anesthetics. Depending on the acne scar treatment, you may feel warmth or a snapping sensation on the skin.

Aftercare and Recovery

Post-treatment care following fractional laser resurfacing is important for delivering the best results. You can expect some redness and swelling initially, which typically subsides within a few days. It is important to follow all aftercare instructions, including avoiding direct sunlight and applying prescribed topical treatments to aid healing. Proper skin resurfacing aftercare accelerates recovery and enhances the regeneration of healthier skin.

A Closer Look at Your Laser Resurfacing Results

The outcomes of laser resurfacing can vary based on the severity of the scars and the number of treatments received. Patients may need one treatment or multiple sessions spaced several weeks apart. While some improvements may be visible shortly after the first session, the full benefits of laser resurfacing treatment develop as the skin heals and regenerates new tissue. Results are long-lasting, and maintaining them may require occasional follow-up treatments or skincare routines.

Strategies for Preventing Further Acne Scarring 

  • Treat Acne Early: Addressing acne promptly can reduce the risk of scarring. Early intervention with effective scar therapy measures can prevent acne lesions from worsening, which is key to avoiding long-term skin damage.
  • Avoid Picking and Squeezing: Resist the urge to pick or squeeze pimples. This not only spreads bacteria but also increases the likelihood of scar formation. Implementing disciplined acne scar treatment practices helps protect the skin’s integrity.
  • Use Gentle Skincare Products: Incorporating gentle skincare products into your routine can help you manage acne without over-irritating your skin. Products that soothe and heal contribute to effective scar therapy and minimize the risk of new scars forming.
  • Protect Your Skin From the Sun: Sun exposure can exacerbate acne-related issues, including post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Using sunscreen daily is a preventative measure that supports acne scar removal efforts by shielding healing areas from further pigment changes.

Regain a Smooth, Healthy Complexion With Laser Resurfacing

Leveraging over 30 years of expertise, we specialize in laser skin resurfacing at The Bougainvillea Clinique in Oviedo, FL. Our practice has developed a deep knowledge base and refined skill set through decades of focused work and training, enabling us to deliver effective solutions for your skincare concerns. These treatments are designed not just to reduce acne scars but also to enhance overall skin texture and appearance. If you’re ready to see how these treatments can benefit you, please reach out through our online form or call us at (407) 678-3116.

Schedule A Consultation Appointment Today

If you are interested in learning more about dermal fillers and how they can help improve your appearance and boost your confidence, schedule a consultation with The Bougainvillea Clinique today. Our experienced team is available to work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that meets your aesthetic goals, whether surgical or nonsurgical. Call 407-678-3116 to request an appointment at our Winter Park, FL, area facility. doctor will always avoid obvious positioning for scars where possible, and scars will heal over time. This can be helped along with the use of a quality skincare routine.

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