Full layer resurfacing of acne scars still remain as one of the best methods to treat acne scarring. This is a very highly skilled method of scar revision ideally suited for lighter skin types. An Erbium laser or CO2 laser is used to remove the outer layers of skin and the upper dermal layers. Our Specialists combine full resurfacing with fractional lasers to achieve far superior results than either treatment alone. The recovery time for full laser resurfacing ranges between 7-12 days depending on the depth and your recovery speed.

Full laser resurfacing is ideal for multiple shallow scars, and has several advantages over fractional laser- in most cases one treatment will yield at least 70% improvement in acne scars. This form of laser treatment of acne scars also carries a partial Medicare rebate.

Facts on full laser resurfacing and acne scarring

  • Full laser resurfacing is a highly skilled method of laser resurfacing
  • A CO2 or Erbium laser is used
  • This type of scar treatment is ideal for fair skin patients
  • Full laser resurfacing is ideal for shallow scars, or box car scarring
  • Full laser resurfacing can be done after TCA cross for ice pick scars
  • We often combine Fractional laser with Full Laser Resurfacing for superior results
  • Full laser resurfacing is partially covered under Medicare as a treatment for acne scars
  • We often combine V Beam Vascular laser 3 weeks after resurfacing to markedly reduce the redness of treated areas
  • Full resurfacing forms part of The Synergy Method of acne scar revision
  • Synergy involves the use of multiple methods to treat acne scars including TCA Cross, Fractional and Full Laser ablation, VBeam Vascular lasers, RadioFrequency treatments, dermal grafting, and dermal fillers
  • Synergy method of acne scar revision gives the best results

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Related before & afters

Case 1 - Moderate to severe acne scars

Diagnosis: Moderate to severe acne scars. Rolling, atrophic, mixed scars, uneven skin texture in 35 year old female. Acne scars on cheeks, but also neck area. Enlarged pores.
Treatment: Full laser resurfacing coupled with Fractional Laser. Followed by V Beam laser to reduce recovery time. 3 treatments of RadioFrequency. Program period 4.5 months. Downtime of 7 days following first procedure.

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Case 2 - Moderate severity box-car scars on type 2 skin

Diagnosis: Moderate severity box-car scars on type 2 skin
Treatment: Laser resurfacing Erbium Laser combined with Fractional erbium at the same time. One treatment. Subscision used on anchored scars on right cheek, all in the same procedure. Only one scar revision procedure performed.

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Case 2 - Severe cystic acne

Diagnosis: Severe cystic acne, treated with Isotretinoin and anti-inflammatories for several months. Remaining severe scarring- hypertrophic coupled with mixed scars.
Treatment: Full laser resurfacing with Erbium laser, followed by VBeam. 2 treatments. I used 3 RadioFrequency treatments to finish the program. Program period of 6 months. Maximal downtime of 9 days.

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Case 3 - Moderate to severe mixed acne scars

Diagnosis: Moderate to severe mixed acne scars cheeks of 24 year-old female.
Treatment: Full laser resurfacing coupled with Fractional Laser + Subscision, all in one treatment. 4 treatments of V Beam vascular laser were conducted to reduce redness following full laser resurfacing. Excellent improvement in acne scars. Picture 2 shows recovery 24 hours follow laser resurfacing. Downtime of 8 days.

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Case 3 - Moderate to severe mixed scars

Diagnosis: Moderate to severe mixed scars, including hypertrophic scars, box and rolling scars. Extensive acne scarring on cheeks, temples and chin area of female patient.
Treatment: Laser resurfacing Erbium Micorpeel (Full resurfacing) combined with Fractional Laser resurfacing. Patient took 8 days off work to recover, however only one Full Resurfacing procedure was conducted, followed by 2 vascular laser treatments to reduce redness.

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Case 5 - Enlarged acne pores, minor acne scarring

Diagnosis: Enlarged acne pores, minor acne scarring
Treatment: This patient has enlarged pores, treatment was with full laser resurfacing. Recovery time was just over 8 days. Redness will settle over 2 months, however can be hastened with V Beam Laser. One treatment to deliver permanent reduction in pore size.

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Case 5 - Scarring in Asian skin type

Diagnosis: Scarring in Asian skin type. Note - mixed scars, ice pick and box car scars.
Treatment: TCA Cross to Ice Pick scars and pores, followed by full erbium laser resurfacing + Fractional laser during the same procedure. Downtime of 5 days following TCA Cross, and 8 days following laser.

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Case 6 - Moderate to severe mixed acne scars

Diagnosis: Moderate to severe mixed acne scars-element of hypertrophic and rolling scars.
Treatment: Full laser resurfacing (ERBIUM) coupled with Fractional Laser all in one treatment. V-Beam vascular laser and one RF treatment were conducted following full laser resurfacing. Great improvement in acne scarring. Picture 2 shows recovery 6 days follow laser resurfacing. Downtime of 8 days.

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Case 7 - Mixed acne scars

Diagnosis: Mixed acne scars. This patient had FRACTIONAL RESURFACING before seeing me- hence the grid like patterns on top on acne scarring. I had to remove the grids and the acne scars.
Treatment: Full laser resurfacing (ERBIUM), no Fractional component was used due to pre-existing grids. Downtime of 9 days. Followed up with 3 VBeam vasulcar laser treatments to aid recovery and decrease redness. Marked improvement in pore size, grids, texture and scars.

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