Cohasset, MA (PressExposure) October 31, 2008 -- Fraxel re:pair laser technology has been found to be a safer and more effective treatment for reducing the appearance of acne scarring than traditional CO2 lasers. South Shore Skin Center is now offering Fraxel re:pair laser treatments to patients with moderate to severe acne scarring.
Previously, ablative CO2 laser resurfacing was used to treat acne scarring, but the risk of side effects included changes in skin pigmentation; infection; edema; red patches and significant recovery time. With the Fraxel re:pair laser, healing is rapid and recovery time is drastically reduced. The side effects with Fraxel re:pair are minimal and include mild dryness and mild fluid retention.
Fraxel re:pair laser uses the technology of a fractionated laser beam to ablate the tissue deep within the dermis to improve the skinâs appearance by stimulating the bodyâs natural production of new collagen and skin cells. Patients can obtain results with far less down time than with traditional CO2 lasers.
In a recent study published in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, patients with acne scarring were given two to three full-face Fraxel re:pair treatments over a period of three months. The study showed that the majority of these patients experienced minimal side effects and were highly satisfied with the outcome of the their treatments.
Dr. Richard Eisen, a board certified dermatologist at South Shore Skin Center and a leading expert in Fraxel re:pair and Fraxel re:store laser systems explained, âFraxel re:pair is an ideal treatment for acne scarring because it enables deeper penetration into the layers of the skin to erase acne scarring. Fraxel re:pair is safer and more effective than traditional lasers. Patients will begin to see results after the first treatment.â
Fraxel re:pair and re:store laser treatments have been approved by the FDA to treat a variety of cosmetic conditions. South Shore Skin Center is the only provider in the area offering the advanced technology of Fraxel re:pair and Fraxel re:store laser treatments. To schedule a consultation, contact South Shore Skin Centerâs Cohasset (781) 383-3340 or Plymouth office (508) 747-0711.
Treating Acne Acne is caused by overproduction of sebum (oil), which is regulated by hormones, coupled with the obstruction of the pores. People can get acne at any age, but teens are most likely to experience it because it is triggered by hormone changes. While most acne sufferersâ breakouts are not serious and do not result in scarring, at least 40 percent of all cases need to be treated by a physician.
âAcne scarring is most often caused by cystic acne, a severe form of acne. Severe acne is hereditary,â noted Dr. Eisen.
For severe acne that may potentially result in scarring, South Shore Skin Center offers several types of treatment to control it including: Gentle YAG, which is a gentle, safe and effective type of laser treatment; Photodynamic Therapy which uses a light source in conjunction with chemical therapy; and Thermage, which is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radio frequency.
South Shore Skin Center Founded in 1984, South Shore Skin Center is one of Massachusettsâ most progressive dermatology practices offering a wide range of medical, surgical and cosmetic services.
South Shore Skin Centerâs cosmetic services include Fraxel re:pair and re:store; Gentle YAG, innovative Laser, IPL (Intensive Pulse Light), Thermage and treatments for age spots, acne scarring, birth marks, tattoos and more. The practice also offers a full range of affordable anti-aging services including Botox, wrinkle fillers, Microdermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels.
South Shore Skin Center offices are located at 223 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Suite 202 in Cohasset, Mass. (781) 383-3340, and 45 Resnik Road, Suite 102 in Plymouth, Mass., (508) 747-0711. For more information, visit their website at http://www.southshoreskincenter.com