As summer continues to fly by, and the school year is quickly approaching, it is time to get rid of those deep acne scars. Luckily, Dr. Schweiger has developed a technique called the F.A.S.T. Scar Treatment, for improvement of pitted acne scars. The F.A.S.T. treatment stands for Focal Acne Scar Treatment. This technique uses high laser energy levels to treat only the deep scars.
Previous laser acne scar treatments utilized lower energy level to cover the entire face. Dr. Schweiger developed the F.A.S.T. Acne Scar Treatment for his patients with only focal areas of acne scarring. He notes that, “Our patients are seeing very quick improvement, sometimes up to 50% improvement when they return for their one week follow up visit. Older techniques of laser acne scar treatments yielded nice results, usually around 50% improvement total, but did not produce dramatic improvement until up to six months after the treatment. The F.A.S.T. technique allows us to treat aggressively, in order to produce a 50-70% improvement of acne scars very quickly.”
The Fractional CO2 laser, which is used to perform the F.A.S.T. acne scar procedure, uses tiny columns of energy to stimulate the skin’s production of its own collagen. Even though the new F.A.S.T. technique yields fast results for acne scars, the results continue to improve for up to six months, as more collagen is produced. The F.A.S.T. treatment for acne scars has one other advantage over traditional fractional resurfacing treatment; our patients experience much shorter downtime after their treatment. Traditional full-face Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing has ten days of downtime, while patients treated with the F.A.S.T. technique of acne scar resurfacing experience an average of five days of downtime.