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    What is a dermatologic surgeon?

    One of the most innovative and progressive medical subspecialties, these ASDS experts perform medically necessary and cosmetic treatment and procedures to improve skin health and beauty.

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    From aging skin to skin cancer...

    No one is more qualified to help than an ASDS member dermatologist. Each year, these skilled doctors perform 5 million cosmetic procedures and 2.6 million skin cancer treatments.

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    One American dies of melanoma almost every hour

    The good news: With early detection, melanoma has an almost 100 percent five-year survival rate. Schedule a free skin cancer screening today.

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    From crow's feet to spider veins...

    You'll look and feel your best when ASDS member dermatologists combine their training and expertise with the widest range of options available.

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Laser/Light Therapy for Acne Scars

 

Treatment Options

 
 

In laser/light therapy, an intense but gentle beam of light is used to treat acne scarring without damaging surrounding tissue. 

Why choose laser/light therapy for acne scarring

  • Pain and recovery time is minimal.
  • Procedure is non-invasive.
  • Works best in combination with other acne treatments.

Risks

As with any treatment, there are risks associated with it, though they are minimized in the hands of a qualified ASDS dermatologist. These include:
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Crusting

Estimated Cost

 
Treatment costs average around $1,100. Since most medical insurance companies consider laser/light therapy a cosmetic procedure, treatment usually isn't covered. Factors including cost include:
  • Type of skin condition being treated
  • Size of skin condition being treated
  • Location of skin condition being treated
  • Number of office visits required for treatment
  • Need for anesthesia, tests or prescriptions

Preparing for the procedure

 
Before the procedure, an ASDS dermatologist will usually review the patient's medical history and conduct a physical exam. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure. Patients also should:
  • Avoid sunbathing, tanning beds, waxing, chemical peels or collagen injections for two weeks prior to the procedure. 
  • Avoid perfumes, deodorants or any potential irritants in the treatment area before and after treatment. 
  • Avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements due to increased risk of bleeding. 

What to expect after the procedure

 
  • Patients may not see any significant changes until several weeks to months after the surgery.
  • Treated area may be pink or red for four to eight hours after treatment. 
  • Patients may feel a slight stinging sensation, similar to a mild sunburn, in the treated area. This sensation usually subsides within four to six hours. Cool packs or moist cloths may be applied to reduce the sensation.
  • Mild swelling in the treatment area that usually dissipates within several days. 
In addition, patients should:
  • Avoid applying makeup or lotion to the treated area for either 24 hours or until all signs of redness and stinging have dissipated.
  • Apply a good moisturizing lotion to the treated area twice daily for the duration of the treatments and for at least three months after final treatment. 

Finding a doctor 

 
Visit "Find a dermatologic surgeon" and choose "Lase Therapy" or "Light Therapy" from the dropdown menu. Because ASDS dermatologists are trained in a variety of the best and latest techniques, they are the most qualified to evaluate and select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient's condition. 

 

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