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As many as 80% of people will have acne by the time they reach their teens or twenties. Acne scarring can make you feel self-conscious, insecure and embarrassed. Fortunately, there is a solution to diminish the negative effects of acne scarring.


At Sistine Facial Plastic Surgery, what do we feel is the most effective acne scar treatment?

Many patients are initially interested in a way to cure acne scars by using a topical treatment. They have often searched for the best cream for acne scars, home remedies for acne scars, or perhaps tried microdermabrasion for acne scars. Frequently, Dr. Leong finds that patients have been disappointed in these treatments. In order to have effective acne scar treatment, resurfacing of the skin with an optimal laser resurfacing procedure is often the best approach.

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The laser treatment advantage

It is important to understand that treating laser scars is distinct from treating active acne. Treating active acne is best addressed by a medical doctor or dermatologist. Laser resurfacing of acne scars is best performed after the active phase of acne infections has subsided.

We now use one of the most advanced laser systems to achieve improvement in acne scars, fine lines, sun damage spots and wrinkles. At Sistine Facial Plastic Surgery®, we use the Cortex™ Fractional CO2 and/or Erbium/Yag Laser to reduce the appearance of acne scars, improve skin texture and restore confidence.

The Cortex™ Fractional CO2 Erbium/Yag Laser can achieve real results and improve acne scars because it truly resurfaces the skin. Dr. Leong feels that this laser strikes an optimal balance between real resurfacing and real results, along with a manageable downtime.

Resurfacing lasers used in the 90s that required many weeks of downtime proved unrealistic for patients because they could not tolerate the extended downtime. On the other hand, many lasers that require minimal or no downtime often resulted in minimal results. Dr. Leong finds that Cortex™ Fractional CO2 Erbium/Yag Laser requires around of week of social downtime and delivers results to our patients in Pittsburgh.

What can I expect the day of treatment?

Before treatment at one of our Pittsburgh area offices, possible side effects and post-treatment care will be discussed. Numbing cream with lidocaine will be applied to the treatment areas to increase comfort. This will be left on for 30-40 minutes.

Depending upon your cosmetic concerns, fractional CO2 and/or the Erbium Yag Laser may be used. Your treatment can take anywhere from 20 minutes to one hour, depending upon the areas being treated and whether you receive Fractional CO2 laser treatment, Erbium laser treatment, or a combination of both CO2 and Erbium laser treatment.

How long does Cortex™ Fractional CO2 and/or Erbium/Yag Laser treatment last?

Results are usually long-lasting. Once the scars have been improved, unless there are further acne episodes to cause new scarring, the improvement should be durable. It is important to maintain and maximize results by properly following post-op instructions and following your prescribed skin care regime.

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What does Sistine Plastic Surgery represent?

At Sistine Facial Plastic Surgery, our patients can expect total transparency during every interaction. Our staff and Dr. Leong are determined to provide our patients with real education about their cosmetic concerns and treatment options. If we feel a treatment is not suitable for you, we will be forthcoming. It is important that our patients get all necessary information so they can make the correct decision.

Additionally, at Sistine, we always strive for natural results. No matter if your procedure is surgical or non-surgical, our goal is a subtle outcome that simply complements your existing appearance—rather than dramatically altering it. Rest assured, when you come to Sistine for treatment, you are entering an environment of technical excellence and high integrity.

It’s your face. Trust it to a specialist.

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