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Fractional Acne Scar Treatment
F.A.S.T. LASER treatment for acne scar
Fractional Laser treatments for acne scars are
widely known to be the gold standard in scar
reduction. But there’s a new procedure called
Fractional Acne Scar Treatment (F.A.S.T.
procedure), which was developed by Dr. Ishoo
utilizing the most effective fractional laser
technology along with subcision, microneedling
or punch excision for the treatment
of depressed acne scars is an innovative way to
dramatically improve results and decrease
downtime. This fractional acne scar treatment
utilizes fractional CO2, Erbium or Nd:Yag Laser
energy to treat only effected areas of scarring
on the face. Previously, acne scarring was addressed by treating the entire face with medium levels of energy. The F.A.S.T. technique uses much higher energy levels along with release of depressed scars and rapid recovery with PRP, but does not treat the unscarred areas of the face. This allows for improved results with faster healing. Patients treated with this technique have been thrilled by the results.
How do Fractional CO2 lasers treat acne scars?
Fraxel Re:pair is a fractional CO2 laser which pokes very tiny holes in the skin, leaving healthy skin intact surrounding the treated area. This stimulates the production of new collagen in these areas to fill in the acne scars. Traditional Fractional CO2 resurfacing treats the entire face, while the F.A.S.T. technique treats only the acne scars.
Is there downtime after Fractional CO2 laser treatment using the F.A.S.T. technique?
After F.A.S.T. laser acne scar removal treatment, patients can expect four to five days of downtime. They may experience crusting, redness and sometimes even weeping, though only the treated areas will be involved. Patients may have small patches of redness on the treated areas for one to two weeks following the treatment, though this is often much more manageable than redness over the whole face that can be seen with traditional fractional CO2 laser treatment.
What types of acne scars are treated with the F.A.S.T. technique?
Isolated atrophic (“pitted”) acne scars respond very
well to the focal acne scar treatment. Approximately
50% to 70% improvement is usually noted during
the first follow up visit. Although no results are
guaranteed, most acne scar treatments require
months to produce the degree of improvement that
the F.A.S.T. technique gives after only 1-2 weeks.
Are there any side effects associated with the F.A.S.T. technique?
Some patients experience mild redness over the treated area after this laser acne scar removal treatment that persists longer than expected. This redness can be effectively treated with one treatment of the Fraxel Dual laser.
What is the cost of the Fractional CO2 F.A.S.T. procedure?
Based of the skin and scar types and severity, the starting cost of treating focal acne scars with the F.A.S.T. laser acne scar treatment is about $2500. For most patients, only one treatment is required to obtain 50% to 70% improvement of acne scars.
Where is the Fractional CO2 F.A.S.T. procedure performed?
The F.A.S.T. technique is performed by our physicians only; all laser acne scar treatments are performed at the Boston Acne Specialists Treatment Center in the greater Boston metro area.
Acne LASER treatment for scar removal
The F.A.S.T. procedure, developed by Dr. Ishoo
uses the most effective laser technology for the
treatment of acne scars in an innovative way to
improve results and decrease downtime. F.A.S.T.
stands for Fractional Acne Scar Treatment; this
focal acne scar treatment utilizes increased
Fractional Laser energy, in combination with
subcision, microneedling and fillers as needed,
to treat only the fraction of the face afflicted with
scarring. Previously, acne scarring was addressed by treating the entire face with medium levels of
energy. The F.A.S.T. technique uses much higher energy levels, but does not treat the unscarred
areas of the face. This allows for improved results with faster healing.