Health Team

New laser treatment smooths acne scars

Posted November 6, 2014 6:00 p.m. EST

Years of acne left Greer Kurlander uncomfortable with her skin.

“It bothered me a lot,” she said. “I couldn't leave without a ton of makeup on.”

She tried a number of treatments to fade her scars but wasn't happy with the results.

The 29-year-old took part in an experiment using a laser called Picosure that was recently cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

According to its website, PicoSure delivers ultra-short pulses of energy to break up tattoo ink and skin spots faster and in fewer treatments with improved recovery time.

“What we are talking about is how energy is being delivered to the skin in an attempt to improve texture and appearance,” said Dr. Jeremy Brauer, who conducted a study on the laser.

Treatments take about 15 to 20 minutes, and most patients see results after about three sessions. The site can feel red and tender for a day.

“This is a new treatment that, compared to others, offers great results with less preparatory time and down time,” Brauer said.

Greer has had seven treatments.

"I've been able to wear less makeup. My friends and family notice it, and of course I notice it,” she said.

Doctors say patients may need to return once a year for touch-ups.