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Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing for Acne Scars

Fractional ablative lasers are good for acne scar treatment, especially boxcar scars. Fractional ablative lasers directly affect the surface of the skin. They also split the laser energy into separate fragments, meaning not all skin is affected by the laser - this speeds healing time. Compared to nonfractional ablative lasers, fractional ablative lasers have a shorter healing time - about three to five days. Skin may appear flushed for several weeks.

Popular fractional ablative lasers include the CO2 ActiveFX (10,600 nm), the CO2 Pixel (10,600 nm), the Er:YAG Starlux (2,940 nm), and the Er:YSGG Pearl (2,790 nm). Fractional ablative laser treatment cost between $500 and $2,500 depending on the size of the treatment area. The back, for example, will cost more than doing just the chin.

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