Laser surgery is a popular method for removing acne scars. It's kind of the twenty-first century version of dermabrasion (although that still exists). It's a reasonably successful way at treating your acne scars, and your dermatologist may have recommended it. The thing is though - laser treatment is not cheap. In fact - it's very expensive. To add insult to poverty, you may even need more then one treatment to remove all the scars. So it's worth looking into it a bit further...
Typically you can expect to pay several hundred dollars all up for your laser treatment. Individual treatments may cost less then $100 (although that's not always the case) however you will need several treatments to see results. You will need to discuss this with the people you are looking to provide the treatment with.
One of the advantages of laser treatment though is that you can save a bit on creams and on some of the after care that's often needed after you've done something like dermabrasion or microdermabrasion.
Lasers work by blasting away the top layer of skin. This forces new skin to grow in its position, and it's a simple idea in concept, don't you think? Basically it's a high tech version of dermabrasion (which uses a mechanical scrub to remove scars). That might sound rather painful. Most laser treatments these days employ some cooling mechanism for the skin, and it's alternated, laser, cooling, laser, cooling etc. This will reduce the amount of pain, but don't think that there isn't going to be any! In addition to this, you will need to be careful on the days immediately following the laser treatment. Your skin will feel fairly raw, and you may even need to take a couple of days off work. This will depend though on your treatment provider - so make sure you get all the facts before you take the plunge.
Unfortunately there is no guarantee that you will respond from laser treatment. Some people have had great results, while others have ended up with a big hole in their pocket, and even more scarring (that's depressing!). Therefore, I recommend that you resort to laser treatment only after you've tried some cheaper alternatives. There are some great home remedies, and while I know they don't sound as cool as a laser, nor do they work quite as fast, they can be effective. There are lots and lots to choose from, so have a look, try the home remedies, and then move on to surgery if you haven't had results yet. The best of luck to you.
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