Red acne scars are very commonly seen and can be evident as acne pimples resolve. Red scars can be flat, however in some patients red acne scars can also be indented or atrophic or conversely raised or hypertrophic. Red scar occur due to inflammation and formation of new blood vessels. We use a special type of vascular laser called the V Beam Candela laser to target blood vessels. Red scars can be faded by 80% with 3 -4 laser sessions. Laser can also treat lumpy or hypertrophic scarring. Early treatment of red scars can also remodel collagen, reducing further scarring.

Facts on laser treatment for red acne scars

  • Red acne scars usually occur as acne is resolving
  • Red scars are secondary to inflammation in the skin, and formation of blood vessels
  • Macular erythema refers to flat red scars
  • Hypertrophic scars refers to raised acne scars
  • Atrophic acne scars refers to depressed or divet scars
  • Vascular laser treatment using V Beam Candela or 1064 Nd-Yag can target blood vessels, reducing redness over a few sessions
  • Treating active acne can reduce further red scars
  • If scars are raised or atrophic, other methods of scar revision can help correct the contours of the skin

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