Let our laser treatments help you get rid of your acne scars. At Heber Davis in Sydney, you will find the best specialists and the leading equipment in the industry. Say goodbye to your acne scarring issues when you let us take care of you.
Whether you live in Double Bay, Rose Bay, Camperdown, Pyrmont, Balmain or anywhere else across Sydney, our clinic in Broadway (close to Ultimo) is easily accessible and in a convenient location.
With more than 20 years of experience in the cosmetic industry, we are able to provide our clients with the best treatments, so you know that you will get nothing less than quality acne scarring treatments when you choose Heber Davis here in Sydney.
What are the benefits of acne scarring treatment?
Laser skin treatment is one of Australia’s leading procedures in treating acne scarring, and produces fast and effective results. With our laser treatments for acne scarring, your skin will be smoother, clearer, and more even, with reduced scarring.
What’s involved in acne scarring treatment?
Acne scarring can occur in a variety of forms, including elevated, ice pick, boxcar and rolling. Each type responds best to specific and different treatments. Many of our patients have had a combination of scar types, and as a result, have found that a combination of different treatments work best. A variety of treatments such as needling and lasers, including Fraxel laser, vascular lasers and resurfacing lasers, can be used to improve your acne scarring.
What’s the recovery period for acne scarring treatment?
Recovery usually takes 1 to 4 days. You may experience redness, swelling and/or bruising, depending on the type of laser used and depth of treatment.
How much does acne scarring treatment cost?
The cost of acne scarring treatments start from $250. Medicare rebates apply to some treatments.
Your skin isn’t the only thing that can be scarred by acne. Acne can also damage your self-confidence and reduce your sense of wellbeing. In spite of many recent advances in the treatment of acne, acne scarring is still one of the most common causes of facial scarring.
While acne scarring is no longer a problem without a solution, it is important to understand that there is still no “one size fits all” solution for your particular needs. No single treatment can correct every acne scar. This is because acne scarring comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and degrees of severity. Each type of scar responds best to a particular treatment.
As many people with acne scarring have a combination of different scar types, some of the best outcomes are sometimes achieved by using a combination of targeted treatments. Treatment options for acne scarring can include lasers, dermal fillers, TCA Cross, subcision, skin needling, cortisone injections, microdermabrasion, punch excision and surgery.
It is also important to be realistic about acne scarring treatments. While expectations of 30 to 70% improvement after a course of treatments are realistic, expectations of 100% eradication are not. The reality is that many scars can’t be completely erased.
The user of lasers in acne scarring treatment
Laser treatments for acne scarring fall into two different categories: those that improve the colour of your scars, and those that smooth out the surface of your skin.
Colour improving lasers: Persistently red scars can be improved using a vascular laser. A short course of treatments spaced at monthly intervals is usually enough to achieve a good reduction of colour in red scars.
Skin smoothing lasers:
- The current gold standard laser for acne scarring treatment is the Fraxel laser. The Fraxel laser represents a major breakthrough in the treatment of acne scarring. It is an effective solution for some types of scars. Fraxel technology represents a safe, low downtime alternative to older, more aggressive laser treatments such as carbon dioxide laser resurfacing, which though often effective, also exposes the skin to significantly more risk of long term complications.
- The Erbium laser resurfaces the scarred area to a precise depth by removing the upper layers of the skin. This results in gradual remodeling and smoothing over the course of treatments. Unlike the Fraxel, which treats only a “fraction” of the skin at any one time, the Erbium resurfaces 100% at each treatment, which means that results accrue faster. However, there is also more downtime involved.
Fraxel laser for acne scarring treatment
Fraxel treatment uses the simple principle of creating thousands of microscopic channels of energy in the skin (see illustration). Each of these channels are only the diameter of a shaft of hair, but they extend deeply into the middle layer of the skin where your scars lie. Your skin interprets Fraxel energy channels as “injuries” or “wounds” and immediately switches on its repair enzymes that begin producing new collagen. Fresh, new collagen remodels the skin more evenly and this has the effect of smoothing out the clumps and irregularities of collagen that exist in acne-scarred skin.
Fraxel stimulates your body’s own natural healing process, encouraging it to replace old scarred skin with smoother, fresher and healthy skin. Fraxel technology allows us to achieve better results with far fewer complications than with traditional treatments for acne scarring. Healing can occur rapidly over the first 24 hours and the risk is reduced. Results can be seen over a series of treatments.
Which types of acne scars do best with Fraxel laser?
Superficial scarring works well with the Fraxel laser. Deeply pitted or ice pick scars are best managed using alternative treatments.
How many acne scarring treatments will I need?
Results can be seen over a course of treatments, but the exact number of treatments will depend on the depth and extent of your acne scarring. A series of 3 to 5 Fraxel laser treatments are typically recommended for scarring at 2 to 3 monthly intervals. This timeframe will allow for complete healing as well as the production of new collagen and elastin to replace your damaged tissue.
What does acne scarring treatment with Fraxel laser involve?
The area will first be anaesthetised using a numbing cream. A stream of cold air will be used throughout your treatment to further improve the effect of the anaesthesia. Eye shields will be worn throughout the procedure and a computer-guided scanner will direct the laser light to the areas that need to be treated. Full face treatments will take about 30 minutes.
How do I prepare for Fraxel acne scarring treatment?
Two weeks before your treatment, do not use active skin care products that contain any of the following: retinol, glycolic acid, or salicylic acid. Do not tan, either naturally or artificially. Do not have any other laser or microdermabrasion treatments in the area to be treated, and do not wax or use abrasive scrubs. Do not have any dermal filler treatments in the month before Fraxel acne scarring treatment. Remember to come in at least an hour before your appointment so we can give you numbing cream.
What should I expect after acne scarring treatment?
Depending on the intensity of your treatment, you may experience redness and/or swelling that diminishes as quickly as the next day or over the next several days. Surface pigmentation will darken, then shed around day 4. As it is with sunburn, your skin will flake and exfoliate normally, revealing fresher, glowing and smoother looking skin.
How do I look after my skin after acne scarring treatment?
When do results appear and how long do they last?
Because Fraxel treats both the surface and deeper layers of your skin, results of acne scarring treatment are both immediate and progressive. Soon after the treatment, the surface of your skin will feel softer and smoother. It will also look brighter and have a more even tone. The next 3 to 6 months will bring more improvement as the deeper layers of the skin continue to create new collagen. Results of these laser treatments are long lasting and can be further improved by ongoing use of active skin care at home.
Does Fraxel acne scarring treatment hurt?
Most patients describe an increased sensation of heat during the Fraxel laser treatment. To minimise discomfort, topical anaesthesia is applied before the procedure and cold air is applied to your treatment area during the procedure. After the treatment, most patients feel like they have a sunburn, which usually diminishes in 1 to 3 hours.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t have Fraxel acne scarring treatment?
Yes. Fraxel is not recommended if you’ve taken Roaccutane within the preceding 12 months, if you are pregnant, have a history of bleeding disorders or vitiligo, or have active infections in the area to be treated on the day of your treatment. Optimum results depend on your body’s capacity to manufacture new collagen. Smokers should be aware that smoking compromises this ability and their results may fall short of those achieved by non-smokers.
Is Fraxel acne scarring treatment safe?
Fraxel’s safety record is backed by extensive research. Of course, as with any laser procedure, there are always some risks and/or downtime. Your clinician will discuss these issues with you during your consultation.
What are the risks of Fraxel acne scarring treatment?
Fraxel treatment is well tolerated and side effects are minimal. Nevertheless, potential risks include prolonged redness or swelling, infection, pigmentation changes (either darker or lighter), scarring, activation of pre-existing herpes (cold sore) infections and acne flare-ups. Patients who are prone to cold sores may need to commence antiviral medication prior to treatment.
Please let us know if any of the following apply to you. Precautions may be needed if you are taking anticoagulants to thin your blood, or medication that makes you sun sensitive. If you have a history of keloid or abnormal scarring, are an uncontrolled diabetic in whom healing may be compromised, are immune-suppressed, or have a connective tissue disease, please inform us.
How much does Fraxel acne scarring treatment cost?
- Full face $995 or course of 3 for $2650
- Cheeks $500
Erbium laser for acne scarring treatment
Resurfacing is the most invasive of laser acne scarring treatments, delivering substantial results in fewer treatments but with more associated downtime. However, these treatments can leave you with smooth skin.
The Erbium laser may be used for your entire face or limited to affected areas only. Erbium laser treatment is performed under local anaesthetic, with or without light sedation. Usually one to two treatments is required several months apart.
Immediately following treatment, your skin will be red and weepy. Healing occurs over 7 to 10 days, and the treated area may remain pinker than normal for one or more weeks, during which time makeup or a tinted sunscreen can be applied. Improvement continues for up to six months and 30 to 70% reduction of acne scarring can be expected.
Medicare rebates may apply for erbium laser resurfacing of acne scarring. Rebates from exceeding the Medicare safety net may also apply.
What are some alternative treatments for acne scarring?
Alternative treatments such as skin needling will be discussed with you at your consultation.
What’s my next step?
For quality acne scarring treatment in Sydney, call 02 9552 6277 or email us at email@example.com to arrange a consultation with one of our doctors. Our doctors will be able to recommend the best treatment for your particular types of acne scarring.
If you are based in Melbourne, you can also make a booking for an acne scarring treatment with our partner Total Face Group.