Struggling with acne is hard enough, but then the worst comes when you discover your acne left unsightly pits and scars. Alethia Pantazis, MD, at Vitality Medicine has a pain-free and effective solution: treatment with one of today’s most advanced lasers, the Aerolase LightPod Neo®. Along with diminishing your acne scars, the Neo can treat active acne and eliminate other facial problems like sun damage. To learn more about treatment for acne scars, call the office in Ocala and The Villages, Florida, or book an appointment online.
Acne Scars Q & A
What causes acne scars?
Acne begins when oil and dead cells get trapped inside a hair follicle. Bacteria can also get into the mix, causing inflammation and infection that spreads to surrounding tissues. Your body heals the damaged area by producing thick collagen, which creates a scar.
You can develop two types of acne scars:
- Hypertrophic scar: Too much collagen is produced, causing a raised scar
- Atrophic or depressed scar: Not enough collagen is produced, causing an indented scar
Dr. Pantazis diminishes the appearance of acne scars using the innovative Aerolase LightPod Neo.
How does the Aerolase LightPod Neo treat acne scars?
The Aerolase LightPod Neo, or simply Neo, is an innovative laser that can reach structures deep below the surface without harming your skin. It does the job by delivering light energy in very rapid pulses.
With the Neo’s 650 Microsecond Technology™, your skin’s exposure to the laser is up to 50 times shorter compared with other lasers. What does that mean to you? It means your skin doesn’t get hot and your procedure is exceptionally comfortable, without needing cooling gels or topical anesthetics.
The handpiece emitting the laser doesn’t need to touch your skin, yet the laser’s energy is tightly targeted. As the laser reaches below each scar, its heat shrinks the existing proteins and triggers collagen production. With the boost in collagen, skin strengthens and tightens, diminishing the scar’s appearance.
The Neo doesn’t stop there. It also removes red or brown discolorations in acne scars, a feature that makes the Neo effective for treating other aesthetic concerns.
What other cosmetic problems are treated with the Neo laser?
The Neo operates at a wavelength that selectively targets dark pigments without harming or heating the surrounding skin. The laser heats the pigments to a temperature that makes them break down. Then the discoloration is permanently removed as your body naturally clears away the cellular debris.
Using the Neo, Dr. Pantazis can treat cosmetic problems such as:
- Sun spots
- Visible blood vessels
- Pigmented lesions (including active acne)
- Unwanted facial and body hair
When Dr. Pantazis uses the Neo to remove hair, the laser targets pigments deep in the hair follicle. The heat destroys the follicle, so it can’t continue to grow hair.
Your face can be free from unsightly acne scars and other imperfections — call Vitality Medicine or book an appointment online.
Please call Vitality Medicine today at 352-804-2397 for a consultation or more information.