What treatments are used in the Synergy Program for acne scars?
The foundation of the Synergy Program is to use a combination of treatments based upon your scar type and skin colour. This program is tailored according to YOUR scars.
We have 2 types of Fraxel lasers for treating acne scars. One type is suited for shallow scars and the other Fraxel laser is for deeper acne scarring. In most cases we combine 2 treatments in the one session for better results.
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We have 4 types of fractional lasers to choose from. The choice of which type we use will depend on your skin type, scar type, and time off work. Darker skin patients are treated with the Erbium, deep rolling scars in Fair Skin patients are treated with the CO2RE laser.
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CO2RE resurfacing for acne scars. This laser can be used in different modes to target different types of acne scars. We can use this in the fully ablative mode or in the fractional mode. Much more powerful than the Erbium laser, CO2 is ideal in lighter skin patients with deep rolling scars and mixed tethered scars. The heavy guns of laser scar revision.
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RF or RadioFrequency
The newest, the latest, the safest. This form of non-laser treatment uses radiowaves to heat the scar tissue. It can be used in all skin types, including darker skin patients, and can be effective in the management of mild and early scars. Downtime following RF RadioFrequency is minimal.
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This is the best way to treat deeper scar and works by decreasing the height of the scar. Ideal scars are ice pick scars. We use 3 different concentrations of TCA cross, depending on your skin type and scar type. The recovery from TCA cross is relatively short, in most cases less than 6 days. Most patients will benefit from 2-3 sessions, 6-8 weeks apart. An excellent method of acne scar revision in the right setting.
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Vascular V Beam Laser
This laser is used to treat redness. V Beam can be used in several settings. If you have shallow almost flat red acne scars, several treatments with V Beam laser can lighten the scars over a period of weeks. Secondly, if you have red lumpy scars, V Beam can soften the lumps and reduce redness. Lastly, V Beam laser can speed up the recovery following laser resurfacing. Most patients require several treatments with V Beam Vascular laser.
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Subscision, Dermal Fillers, Dermal Grafting
These methods are non-laser ways to treat acne scarring. Subscision can break down anchored scars and tethered acne scars. Dermal fillers and dermal grafting can lift up acne scars that lie deep in the dermis, or fill atrophic acne scars.
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Omnilux Blue light treatment
Various light sources such as Blue light with Omnilux or Red light at 630nm can help with very early acne scars, and in some cases assist with clearing up acne lesions. We never use these treatments as stand-alone methods because their effectiveness is marginal compared with our other treatments. Omnilux and red light can speed up the healing process after laser treatments.
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