Dr. Schweiger developed the F.A.S.T. technique for the treatment of focal acne scars on the face. Traditional acne scar treatments utilized laser treatment of the entire face, including the area of scarring. The new F.A.S.T. technique for treating acne scars treats only the focal areas of acne scarring (F.A.S.T. is an acronym for Focal Acne Scar Treatment.) The result is better improvement of acne scars, with a faster healing time.
The new F.A.S.T. technique for treating acne scars is the right treatment for you if your acne scars are atrophic (pitted) and appear just in focal areas of the face. For example, acne scars present on only the cheeks or the temples are ideal candidates for treatment with the F.A.S.T. technique. The Fractional CO2 laser is used to perform the treatment. However, unlike traditional Fractional CO2 laser treatment, the F.A.S.T. technique treats only the areas of scarring, so you will experience only 2-3 days of downtime (rather than a more traditional downtime of 5-7 days for the Fractional CO2 laser.)
Patients see up to 70% improvement within weeks of their first treatment with the F.A.S.T. technique. For most patients, only one treatment is necessary, though improvement continues to be appreciated for months after the single treatment. The F.A.S.T. technique for the treatment of acne scars can be performed on most skin types, though it is recommended that patients with darker skin types use a skin lightening cream before and after their treatment, in order to prevent any complications.