Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)
Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics
Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
Dear Vic Cosmetic Institute,
I am contemplating getting several sessions of the Medlite laser treatment to help reduce the acne scarring that i have on my cheeks. The scars are pretty old (approx 10 yrs). I am prone to keloid scarring, and have keloid scars on both jaw lines as a result of severe chicken pox in my early 20s. I do get corticosteroid injections for the keloid scars probably once every 3-6 months to maintain them. Any suggestions and recommendations on the best treatments available on how to:
1) reduce the acne scarring
2) help maintain the keloids
would be much appreciated. thank you.
Medlite laser treatments can help with acne scarring, but generally, they are very light treatments, and a lot of sessions are required to achieve a small improvement. You could consider other treatment modalities like Fraxel laser, which help to remodel old scars.
As you have a history of keloid scarring, we would need to be relatively conservative with the laser settings to ensure that this doesn’t happen elsewhere. Generally speaking, keloid scarring is rare on the face itself, but can happen along the jawline / neck more commonly.
In regards to the keloid scars, the best treatment is probably corticosteroid injections as you have been receiving.