Stem Cells and Laser Treat Acne Scars
Acne scars can be one of the most difficult skin issues for dermatologists to address: the damage has already been done, and even if a patient’s acne has already been cleared, the remaining scars can cause discomfort and self-esteem issues for many. With the rise of new methods of treatment, many dermatologists are now able to diagnose and determine what kind of treatment can be used to remove scars and improve the look of skin.
Among the new treatments available, stem cells are being used in place of traditional fa graft treatment, with mostly positive results. The stem cells are either taken from connective tissue or bone marrow, cultivated to stabilize them and create fat cells, then implanted below the surface of the scar.
Occasionally used in tandem with stem cells, CO2 laser therapy is also an option for treating aggressive acne scars. Using a concentrated laser, dermatologists can easily treat the entire face or affected regions in two to three sessions. The downside of CO2 laser therapy is that it creates a sunburn-life effect on the skin, and patients must take time off of work to recover indoors while avoiding sunlight. However, it gives long-lasting results, whereas stem cell therapy’s effectiveness decreases with age.