Acne Scarring

All scars are permanent features of the skin, however their appearance maybe reduced or modified by the use of lasers. A big step forward in treating acne scars occurred with the advent of fractional lasers. These treat pixel-fashion (rather like a digital photo) by affecting the skin down into it's deeper layers to produce more collagen fibres and incorporate the scars better into surrounding tissue.

A series of treatments is required with results increasing for several months afterwards. A few days of swelling and some redness is expected but the skin is intact and is treated as normal after each session. Other forms of treatment for acne scarring include dermal fillers, skin needling and various forms of resurfacing procedures.

At Melbourne Cosmetic Medicine, the fractional laser we use is the highly acclaimed ProFractional. The treatment is fast and comfortable, and we recommend a series of 3-5 treatments, spaced about a month apart, to produce about a 50% improvement in acne scarring. As the skin is sun sensitive after treatment, it is important to avoid direct sun exposure until fully healed.

A Medicare rebate of up to $338.80 may be claimed for ProFractional erbium laser resurfacing of the face or neck for severely disfiguring scarring resulting from trauma, burns or acne. The remaining out-of-pocket costs may then be eligible for the Extended Medicare Safety Net, more information of which can be obtained by ringing Medicare Australia on 13 20 11.

Watch treatment video on MicroLaser Peel / ProFractional.

Cost: $1350 for MicroLaser Peel & ProFractional with Medicare refund of $338.80 - $657.65