Quite a few people have been asking about my results as well as randomly messaging me, so here’s the follow up post after my Acne Scar treatment from Tiffiny Yang Clinic (do read my article for a comprehensive introduction of the procedure).
Do note that again, it takes time for results and there is a resting period of 1 month between each session. So 5 sessions of CO2 laser treatment will take you 5 months at least to finish the procedure and see revealing results.
Before we go into the actual results, I want to show the downtime and redness that occurs after each treatment so you have a fair idea of what to expect after a treatment and whether you want to show your face to the world.
Down time Redness Immediately after Treatment
After each session, you get this red, sunburnt effect on your face as such. Especially when the power of the laser goes up after each session, it becomes more prominently redder which is why its referred to as ‘down time’ so that you can hide at home to recover from the redness, and let it dissipate before going back out into public. If however this level of redness doesn’t bother you, you can go back to work or school anytime you wish.
Its highly noticeable though, so do be prepared to answer questions about why your face resembles a tomato. Do note to still avoid direct sunlight and always apply sunsceen, or the sunlight might create dark pigmentation when your skin is so sensitive and raw.
Scabbing a Few Days After Treatment
Yes, there will be a bit of blood from the areas that the laser passes, and after a couple of days it forms little dotted scabs as seen here. Be sure to use moisturizer to minimize the scabbing, which will start to come off after about a few days of just normal washing of your face or using non-alcoholic toners.
So with much embarassing adieu, here’s a reveal of my acne scar treatment after 5 sessions of CO2 refraction laser from Tiffiny Yang’s Clinic.
After 4th Session
I’d say there’s about a 20% improvement so far after the 4th treatment but don’t expect any miracles. It takes quite a few treatments to slowly renew the skin and make the scars shallower.
After 5th session of CO2
Side by side comparison: Left is before, Right is after.
Even months after treatment, improvements will continue as your face’s collagen work to rebuild skin tissue. Non-smokers and younger people who stay out of the sun tend to recover faster and have better results.
I’d say that overall after 5 sessions of CO2 refraction laser, there has been roughly 30% improvements, and scars are noticeably shallower. For the deeper scars, there are other options like subcission, while the kind doctor also recommends a combination with Chemical Peel to attain optimal results.
Chemical Peel Effects
I’ve also tried the TCA chemical peel, which uses acid to burn the top layers of acne scarred skin so they peel off over a period of several days. It takes about a week to heal and there’s quite a bit of obvious peeling more than the CO2 laser treatment.
The whiteness you see here fades after a couple of days, then skin starts to peel off like a sunburn.
After a combination of CO2 + Chemical peel, this is my current results:
Improvements have been pretty significant! As you can see, my skin has a lot less discoloration, and the acne scars are a markedly smoother. This photo was taken a few weeks after the chemical peel – the small line marks below my eyes were temporary and have since recovered.
Yes, there’s some inconvenience here and there with some minor discomfort, but the results from CO2 Refraction laser for acne scarring has been pretty satisfactory. Just be realistic and don’t expect your scars to fade away completely as this is real life, not photoshop. Results continue to improve up to 6 months after treatment, and my skin gets better each week.
You can’t tell straight away, but if you compare to my previous photos you WILL see the difference. I would recommend this investment if you’d like to improve your acne scarring and be more confident of your looks.
Do read my previous article on Acne Scar Treatment for a more detailed explanation of how CO2 Refraction laser works for acne scarring.
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