This is an important step before you book yourself in for a full course of treatments. It is a good opportunity to speak to a laser acne scar removal technician regarding how the laser works. You can also find out the answers to any questions you may have, especially if you have any concerns.
Any health or medical issues will be checked into at this point to ensure acne scar removal is suitable for you.
The technician will be able to tell you how many treatments you should need, what the best treatment package is for you and any personal recommendations, if there are any.
Laser Acne Scar Removal Patch Test
A laser acne scar removal technician will examine your skin to ensure there are no allergies or skin irritations that could be impacted by the laser. Then a small area of your skin containing acne scars will be treated by the laser. This is known as a patch test because it’s just a small patch of skin that is treated as a trial.
You will wear dark glasses as a protective measure for your eyes. The laser will then be used on an acne scar, there should not be much pain but there will be an uncomfortable pricking sensation. After 48 hours, if you do not receive any adverse reactions you can proceed with a full course of treatments.
After your Laser Acne Scar Removal Treatment
You will experience redness and swelling on the treated skin, this normally goes away after a couple of days. We recommend using Aloe Vera on the treated area if it feels very uncomfortable.
You should avoid hot baths or showers and strong creams on the area that was treated by the laser for 24 hours following the patch test, this includes covering those acne scars with make-up. The area also needs to stay away from the sun, if this is impossible then use sunscreen as necessary.
If you have any further reactions to your patch test you should alert your technician. Remember this is the purpose of the test, to ensure there are no adverse reactions to the laser.