Resurfacing of facial acne scars with pulsed carbon dioxide laser: a case series of 10 patients

Anil P. Gosavi, Ravindranath B. Chavan, Darshana R. Kundale, Neelam Bhatt
2020 International Journal of Research in Dermatology  
<p class="abstract">Acne vulgaris is a common skin disorder affecting 80% of people between 11-30 years of age with many experiencing some degree of scarring. Pulsed wave carbon dioxide (CO2) laser resurfacing is a recent addition in armamentarium of treatment options for acne scars. This study focuses on one of the most common type of acne complication - atrophic scars treated with pulsed wave carbon dioxide laser. To evaluate efficacy of pulsed carbon dioxide laser for treatment of mild to
more » ... erate atrophic facial acne scars. 10 subjects (6 male and 4 females, aged 22-35 years) with skin type III-V and atrophic acne scars were treated with 4 sessions of carbon dioxide non-ablative laser resurfacing on 6 weeks interval. 7 out of 10 subjects in our study perceived an excellent to good improvement with 2 patients showing fair improvement and 1 patient with no improvement. Adverse effects were limited to prolonged erythema (two patients), and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (three patient). Excellent to good clinical improvement observed in 70% of patients with acne scars. This underscore pulsed carbon dioxide laser's effectiveness in the treatment of mild to moderate atrophic acne scars.</p>
doi:10.18203/issn.2455-4529.intjresdermatol20205605 fatcat:ry7bicrg5za2rewc3dwclw6pna