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I’ve got a mixture of rolling and box scars due to cystic and pustule acne a year ago. The acne scars are mild to moderate mainly on the cheeks and hairline. The best option would be fractional lasers. But, why do i see some clinics suggest 4-6 sessions. Spaced out for about 4-6 weeks and it requires downtime for 5 days as well. And some says 1-3 sessions is enough? I would go for the second option if the results is good?
With regards to your question,
The number of sessions really depends on 2 main factors:
- How your skin reacts to the treatment. For some individuals, good results may be seen after 3 sessions whilst others may require 6 or even more sessions.
- The depth of penetration of the laser. If mild settings are used then more sessions may be required and results may not be as satisfactory.
Additionally, as Dr Chua CY has pointed out, combination treatments usually yield more effective results. I personally do not usually just stick with one kind of treatment modality to treat acne scars.
Hope that helps.
All the best!
Dr Ho Rui Ming
Dear Trisya, depressed acne scars like rolling/box scars cannot be removed completely. Depending on each individual assessment, it may take 3 or up to 6 sessions of fractional lasers to substantially improve them.
I would go for a clinic that uses different modalities and combination treatments to treat acne scarring as that is proven to improve it faster (in fewer sessions). It helps also to stick with a doctor and a treatment plan that you trust and makes sense, since you may see less results at the start (acne scar treatments rely a lot on collagen regeneration which takes time).
Hope this helps!