Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery

SYMPOSIUM - LASERS
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 85--94

Fractional carbon dioxide laser: Optimizing treatment outcomes for pigmented atrophic acne scars in skin of color


Shehnaz Z Arsiwala1, Swasti R Desai2,  
1 Renewderm–Skin Hair Lasers Aesthetics Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Consultant dermatologist, Janta hospital, Surat, Gujarat, India

Correspondence Address:
Shehnaz Z Arsiwala
Renewderm Skin Hair Lasers Aesthetics Centre, Nesbit Road, Mazgaon, Mumbai 400010, Maharashtra
India

Abstract

Dark skin type has high propensity to acne scarring and is often complicated by persistent erythema or pigmentation at the base. Fractional lasers are available for the longest period and are able to improve most atrophic acne scars. Often pigmented scar bases and dark skin types limit the use of aggressive laser parameters. Long pulse mode is preferred over short pulse to prevent epidermal damage; low fluence is chosen versus high fluence and low density versus high density. Repeated treatments are needed to minimize complications and optimize results; all these must be achieved through a controlled stage of inflammation. Interventional priming with chemical peels and laser toning before ablative fractional carbon dioxide laser helps to reduce photodamage, recent tan, and pigment at scar base, thus minimizing the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Multiple recent literature evidence validates the combinations to optimize outcomes in atrophic acne scars as discussed in this review article.



How to cite this article:
Arsiwala SZ, Desai SR. Fractional carbon dioxide laser: Optimizing treatment outcomes for pigmented atrophic acne scars in skin of color.J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2019;12:85-94


How to cite this URL:
Arsiwala SZ, Desai SR. Fractional carbon dioxide laser: Optimizing treatment outcomes for pigmented atrophic acne scars in skin of color. J Cutan Aesthet Surg [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Sep 19 ];12:85-94
Available from: http://www.jcasonline.com/text.asp?2019/12/2/85/262315


Full Text



 Introduction



Acne scars are a sequela of deep, persistent, and inflammatory acne. Individuals who scar after acne have specific biochemical characteristics in their skin, which predispose them. Managing acne scars is a challenge, and treating pigmented acne scars in skin of color multiplies this challenge.

Multiple treatment modalities for surgical to nonsurgical, peels to lasers and energy-based devices, and ablative to nonablative fractional and nonfractional are available in our armamentarium to improve acne scars [Table 1]. Of all the various modalities available, fractional lasers are available for the longest period and are able to improve most atrophic acne scars. Combination of technologies when used sequentially or rotationally improves outcome, thus minimizes side effects. The results are better lasting. Multiple recent literature evidence validates combinations to optimize outcomes in atrophic acne scars as discussed in this review article.{Table 1}

Acne scars morphology

Progressive scarring with acne clearance is a known phenomenon. Scars have various morphological characteristics and vary in size, shape, and depth, and are thus graded in various types as rolling, boxcar, and ice pick types. Goodman and Baron classification for acne scars is a standard tool for assessing atrophic scars and are graded from types 1–4.[1] Clinically, in addition to grades of atrophic scars, one needs to assess their stage of development, early scars may be erythematous, as they progress they may get purplish or pigmented. Pigmented scars are a prominent feature in Indian skin, which belongs to Fitzpatrick types 3–5[2],[3] [Figure 1], [Figure 2]. Acne scars in an individual maybe of mixed types and may be distributed pan-facially with variable appearance in different face zones. Dark skin type has high propensity to acne scarring and is often complicated by persistent erythema or pigmentation at the base.[4] Initial erythema may be replaced by purplish base, which may later pigment. Coexisting active acne may be superimposed[3] [Figure 3].{Figure 1}, {Figure 2}, {Figure 3}

Pathogenesis for acne scars

Scientific studies highlight that prolonged inflammation leads to scarring and if the inflammation is persistent then scarring may be progressive.[5] High-grade acne leads to high degree of inflammation as seen with papulonodular and cystic acne; dermal insult to tissue metalloproteinases is more long lasting and results in a decrease of tissue leading to atrophic scars. If the inflammation is nonspecific but robust and generates early angiogenesis with a quick resolution, there will be minimal scars. In all those cases, where more specific, ineffectual, but prolonged inflammatory response and angiogenesis are seen are the scarrers. Involvement of epidermis, upper, or deep reticular dermis defines the depth of acne scars and also the treatment choice.[5] Mild-to-moderate scars involving epidermis and papillary dermis respond to resurfacing laser or other technologies [Table 1], whereas the deep scars involving reticular dermis require more aggressive or combination modalities.[6]

Clinical characteristics and assessment of pigmented acne scars

Fitzpatrick skin types 3–6 are predisposed to more inflamed acne and hence more pigmentation (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation [PIH])[3],[4],[7] than erythema. This results in pigmented acne and acne scars and has been proven histologically.[2],[7],[8],[9] Histological studies in post-acne pigmented macules revealed epidermal melanin granules and dermal melanophages infiltration up to the reticular dermis, along with foreign body granulomas and giant cells.[9],[10] Callender and Davis[4] have postulated that this heightened inflammatory response may be a major reason that African Americans with even mild-to-moderate acne still develop hyperpigmented macules, which were studied by histopathology, showing dilated, distorted, keratin-filled follicles consistent with comedones and patchy chronic inflammation.[1],[8] Kligman and Mills[11] described comedogenicity of cosmetic products applied on face because of the presence of certain ingredients in their formulas also called as acne cosmetica. In skin of color with acne lesions, increased use of cosmetic products may inadvertently be a causative factor for acne and PIH.[11]

A thick stratum corneum, large melanosomes, and a thick dermis with abundant fibroblasts constitute morphological features in a dark skin prototype 4–6.[9] According to the author, interventional therapies for skin of color revolve around achieving optimum outcome, creating no pigmentary sequelae. Aggressive modalities are hence replaced by less aggressive, safer options. Repeated treatments are needed to minimize complications and optimize results; all these must be achieved through a controlled stage of inflammation as inflammatory mediators play a large role in progressive scars. Features that influence choice of therapy and predictability of outcomes include the presence of active acne, degree of erythema or pigmentation at base, scar type and grading, skin stretch test where stretchable scars have better improvement than adherent ones, which need subcision.

Principle of fractional photothermolysis

Laser resurfacing delivers monochromatic light into the scars and subsequent heat initiates collagen injury and neocollagenesis.[12]

Manstein et al.[13] introduced the concept of fractional photothermolysis (FP). Their FP device tends to emit laser beam into pixilated manner, producing array of microthermal zones (MTZ) and creating microscopic channels by thermal injury to the skin.[13]

In contrast to ablative devices, which produce uniform and confluent patch by ablative epidermal and dermal injury, fractional resurfacing (FR) produces MTZ by ablating epidermal and dermal tissue in regularly spaced channels on the skin surface leaving intervened skin untouched, which leads to faster healing of ablated columns of tissue.[14],[15]

The depth, density, and size of microthermal columns depend on the type of device and parameters used, that is, fluence, wavelength, density, and stacking of the pulse. A study reported that in atrophic acne scars with a density of 100 spots/cm2, an energy of 100 mJ would reach a depth of 1236 µm with a coverage of around 8.6%.[14] Microthermal channels have epidermal and dermal debris, which get eliminated by transepidermal elimination.[14],[15],[16] It is followed by stimulation of reepithelialization and repair mediated through adjacent intact tissue, and thermally ablated channels get repopulated by fibroblast-derived neocollagenesis. Healing is faster as the large percentage of intervening area is not affected. Four to six treatments are performed, each treatment at the interval of 30–45 days. Neocollagenesis is significant after 3 months and continue for 6 months.[17]

Advantages of FP include the following:

Reduced postprocedural erythema and edema

Less chances of PIH as water in collagen is the chromophore

Less downtime

Better patient compliance and acceptance photothermolysis

Ablative fractional resurfacing with CO2 laser

The wavelength of CO2 lasers is 10,600nm. It has high affinity for water, which is the chromophore and targets 20–60 µm depth of epidermal and papillary dermal layers, the surrounding zone of thermal damage extends up to 20–50 µm.[13] MTZ are formed and are variable according to the fluence used and the depth of penetration achieved. Thermal injury generates coagulation and denaturation of collagen and reepithelialization ensues. Fractional ablation of epidermis and dermis is enabled thus reepithelisation is facilitated from the surrounding non ablated skin and appendages.

Ablative fractional resurfacing with CO2 laser (AFRCL) is evidenced based for resurfacing atrophic acne scars of moderate-to-severe variety [Table 2]. Multiple studies support the efficacy of AFRCL for atrophic acne scars. Various parameters, densities and fluence levels, modes, and the respective outcomes were studied by multiple authors and are enumerated in [Table 2].{Table 2}

Often pigmented scar bases and dark skin types limit the use of aggressive laser parameters. Long pulse mode is preferred over short pulse to prevent epidermal damage, low fluence is chosen versus high fluence and low density versus high density.[18] Though this becomes safer to prevent PIH in dark skin, it results in less depth of penetration and less deeper thermal effects on acne scars.[3] Topical priming agents are often insufficient to prevent PIH when optimum parameters need to be used. Fractional lasers do not correct pigmentation at the base of scars.[3]

According to the author’s experience, while conducting AFRCL for moderate-to-severe atrophic scars, dual modes of operation in the same system enable better treatment outcome where the stack mode enables high-fluence laser ablation of individual scars, and the dynamic mode with mosaic pattern of beam delivery enables textural improvement of the unscarred surrounding skin. At higher fluence and low average density with a moderate peak power, one can safely treat deep scars focally in static mode. With a low fluence and high average density and larger scan size, one can treat surrounding skin and rest of the face for textural improvement.

The conclusions drawn on the basis of the various studies [Table 2] were that ablative fractional resurfacing (AFR) improved the depth and appearance of acne scars by as much as 50% after a series of four to five treatments performed on a monthly basis. All studies reported textural improvement. A high-fluence, low-density setting has been shown to be more efficacious than a low-fluence, high-density setting. For deep scars one can selectively treat with small spot size and rest of face can be treated with large spot size and low fluence for textural improvement thus enabling dual mode treatment pattern to improve overall outcome for atrophic acne scars.[16],[18],[22]

Furthermore, FP significantly improved acne scars with PIH as well as scar volume. Improvement was better appreciated after 6 months of sessions as neocollagenesis sets in. As with all laser treatments in skin of color, treatment levels should be increased with caution.[16],[18],[22]

Special considerations for pigmented acne scars in skin of color

Priming: Before embarking on laser therapy for atrophic pigmented acne scars, one must ensure resolution of active acne and adequate priming [Figure 3], [Figure 4], [Figure 5], [Figure 6]. As pigmented acne scars limit the use of high-fluence parameters, priming is mandatory, especially in dark-skin prototypes. Priming reduces wound healing time and decreases the risk of PIH, it determines patient tolerance and establishes patient compliance. Added antioxidants/anti-inflammatory cosmeceuticals are the new focus in priming as are oral sunscreens, antioxidants as systemic priming agents. All these enable ultraviolet damage protection and prevent pigment darkening and hence prepare the skin.{Figure 4}, {Figure 5}, {Figure 6}

In cases of pigmented acne scars, as pigment at base of scar is a limitation for high-fluence laser therapy and often only topical priming agents are insufficient to alleviate pigmentation adjuvant therapies (such as chemical peeling) [Figure 3A–D], [Figure 5A–D], low-fluence QS laser toning acts as interventional priming, the concept being to make the scars as skin colored as possible.[2],[7],[24]

Optimizing outcomes, advantages of peels/laser toning as priming agents:

Adjunctive therapy

Pigment elimination, textural improvements, and photodamage correction

Improve compliance and tolerance

Adherence to therapy and enables acne and squeal monitoring

Synergistic to fractional ablative lasers in treating atrophic scars

Enhances outcome to laser resurfacing

Used for acne and scars in males as skin is more seborrheic and thicker

Combinations rationale for combination therapies

Achieving synergism with multiple adjunctive therapies when combined shortens time interval to achieve results with albeit safer parameters [Figure 3], [Figure 4], [Figure 5], [Figure 6]. Combination of technologies when used sequentially or rotationally improves outcome, thus minimizes side effects. The results are better lasting. The evidence from multiple recent literature validates combinations to optimize outcomes in atrophic acne scars. [Table 3] shows the possible combinations.{Table 3}

Subcision

Adherence of rolling acne scars can be addressed with subcision before laser resurfacing sequentially or rotationally. It is less suited for ice pick and deep boxcar scars.[26] An 18- or 20-gauge needle breaks fibrous strands, holding the scar down, and elevates the scar and subcision also stimulates and produces neocollagen formation.[26],[28] Multiple treatments may be required to achieve an optimal outcome.[25],[26],[27],[28],[29],[30] Combination of ablative fractional and nonablative lasers is another rationale for reducing complications and optimizing outcomes in skin of color as studied by Kim and Cho[31] who combined it in a series of 20 Asian patients (skin prototypes 4–6) with atrophic facial acne scars. Good outcome was reported in scars and texture and pigment compared to stand-alone AFR.[31]

Combination with Quality- Switched (QS) neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) quasi-pulse nonablative and/or QS Nd:YAG low-fluence laser toning[24] is another combination with good synergism with AFRCL and is widely used for pigmented atrophic acne scars [Figure 4A–D]. The author uses the low-fluence laser toning before AFRCL as an interventional priming method.

Safety and efficacy of AFR with CO2 laser are well documented, a few studies also elaborate longevity of the results from 1–2 years. Ortiz et al. reported clinical maintenance of the improvement in up to 74% among 10 patients.[32 The presence of inflammatory mediators and heat shock protein 47 in first 3 months after FR may attribute better appearance of improvement initially compared to that in long term],[ according to this study as shown by certain histologic studies.

Platelet-rich plasma

Autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injected or delivered into the scars after laser treatment enriches the skin with potential bioactive growth factors and chemokines released on platelet activation and enables faster wound repair.[33] Studies indicate faster reduction of post-laser edema, erythema, and PIH.[34] Synergizing AFR with PRP is also known to actively reduce atrophic acne scarring[33] [Table 4] [Figure 6A–D].{Table 4}

Autologous growth factors and secretory proteins, chemokines, and cytokines released on platelet activation facilitate wound repair and rejuvenation in cosmetic dermatology, they act by stimulation of dermal fibroblast proliferation and increase type I collagen synthesis.[8],[13],[35] Both topical and intradermal PRP injections have been studied with variable results for acne scars.[9],[36],[37] Fractional CO2 laser creates thermal wounds on the skin and also facilitates absorption gradient by a damaged epidermis and PRP is known to aid in wound healing, combining the two increases therapeutic outcome.[9],[36],[38],[39],[40]

Tips for treating pigmented acne scars with AFRCL are as follows:

Use the fluence judiciously in darker skin (Fitzpatrick skin types 3–6). Parameters to be chosen with caution as chances of post-inflammatory pigmentation are very high.

Priming with lightening agents and sunscreen should be started at least 3–4 weeks before first treatment, oral sunscreens can be added.

Interventional priming with chemical peels and laser toning before AFR helps to reduce photodamage, recent tan, and pigment at scar base, thus minimizing risk of PIH after AFR.

Low-fluence, high-density treatments are safer for pigmented acne scars.

History of oral isotretinoin and keloids formation to be elicited.Oral isotretinoin should be discontinued at least 6–12 months before resurfacing procedures.[42] This is recommended based on earlier reports of keloid formation and atypical scar formation after treatment with argon lasers and dermabrasion, which are more invasive and ablative procedures.[42],[43] Some of the recent studies suggest the safety of different procedures such as laser hair removal and dermabrasion in patients recently treated with oral isotretinoin.[44]

Postprocedural delivery of vitamin C, antioxidants and emollients, and PRP acts to facilitate better healing, rejuvenation.

Postprocedural emollients and sunscreen with antiviral and antibacterial prophylaxis when indicated minimize side effects.

Combinations with subcision, topical drug delivery, PRP, nonablative, and QS Nd:YAG lasers act by synergism and facilitate safer treatments and better outcomes. [Chart 1], [Chart 2], [Chart 3] show the algorithm of combination treatments.{Chart 1}, {Chart 2}, {Chart 3}

 Conclusion



The management of acne vulgaris and consequent scarring is a long-term process that must be individualized to each patient. Often we are dealing with patients who have coexisting active acne with acne scars. Problems while handling skin of color need great consideration while choosing aggressive modalities of treatment to avoid complications. For Indian patients, the current trends revolve around less aggressive and combination of various treatment modalities.

Declaration of patient consent

The authors certify that they have obtained all appropriate patient consent forms. In the form the patient(s) has/have given his/her/their consent for his/her/their images and other clinical information to be reported in the journal. The patients understand that their names and initials will not be published and due efforts will be made to conceal their identity, but anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

Financial support and sponsorship

Nil.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

References

1Goodman GJ, Baron JA. Postacne scarring: a qualitative global scarring grading system. Dermatol Surg 2006;32:1458-66.
2Kubba R, Bajaj AK, Thappa DM, Sharma R, Vedamurthy M, Dhar S, et al.; Indian Acne Alliance (IAA). Acne in India: guidelines for management—IAA consensus document. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2009;75:1-62.
3Shehnaz AZ. Chemical peels for post acne hyperpigmentation in skin of color. Pigmentary Disorders 2015;2:162.
4Callender VD, Davis ECA. Review of acne in ethnic skin pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and management strategies. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol 2010;3:24-38.
5Jeremy AH, Holland DB, Roberts SG, Thomson KF, Cunliffe WJ. Inflammatory events are involved in acne lesion initiation. J Invest Dermatol 2003;121:20-7.
6Jordan R, Cummins C, Burls A. Laser resurfacing of the skin for the improvement of facial acne scarring: a systematic review of the evidence. Br J Dermatol 2000;142:413-23.
7Callender VD. Acne in ethnic skin: special considerations for therapy. Dermatol Ther 2004;17:184-95.
8Taylor SC, Cook-Bolden F, Rahman Z, Strachan D. Acne vulgaris in skin of color. J Am Acad Dermatol 2002;46:S98-106.
9Halder RM, Holmes YC, Bridgeman-Shah S, Kligman AM. A clinicohistopathologic study of acne vulgaris in black females (abstract). J Invest Dermatol 1996;106:888.
10Sardana K, Garg VK, Arora P, Khurana N. Histological validity and clinical evidence for use of fractional lasers for acne scars. J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2012;5:75-90.
11Kligman AM, Mills OH Jr. Acne cosmetica. Arch Dermatol 1972;106:843-50.
12Rivera AE. Acne scarring: a review and current treatment modalities. J Am Acad Dermatol 2008;59:659-76.
13Manstein D, Herron GS, Sink RK, Tanner H, Anderson RR. Fractional photothermolysis: a new concept for cutaneous remodeling using microscopic patterns of thermal injury. Lasers Surg Med 2004;34:426-38.
14Lee SJ, Choi MJ, Chung WS, Cho SB. Targeted laser reconstruction of skin scars using 10600-nm carbon dioxide fractional laser. J Cosmet Laser Ther 2012;14:87-8.
15Walgrave S, Zelickson B, Childs J, Altshuler G, Erofeev A, Yaroslavsky I, et al. Pilot investigation of the correlation between histological and clinical effects of infrared fractional resurfacing. Aesthetic Plast Surg 2011;35:31-42.
16Trelles MA, Shohat M, Urdiales F. Safe and effective one-session fractional skin resurfacing using a carbon dioxide laser device in super-pulse mode: a clinical and histologic study facing lasers. Dermatol Surg 2008;34:1443-53.
17Susan W, Brian BC, Gregory A, Andrei E, Ilya Y. Fractional photothermolysis: a novel aesthetic laser surgery modality. Dermatol Surg 2007;33:525-34.
18Jung JY, Lee JH, Ryu DJ, Lee SJ, Bang D, Cho SB. Lower-fluence, higher-density versus higher-fluence, lower-density treatment with a 10,600-nm carbon dioxide fractional laser system: a split-face, evaluator-blinded study. Dermatol Surg 2010;36:2022-9.
19Majid I, Imran S. Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing as monotherapy in the treatment of atrophic facial acne scars. J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2014;7:87-92.
20Chapas AM, Brightman L, Sukal S, Hale E, Daniel D, Bernstein LJ, et al. Successful treatment of acneiform scarring with CO2 ablative fractional resurfacing. Lasers Surg Med 2008;40:381-6.
21Manuskiatti W, Triwongwaranat D, Varothai S, Eimpunth S, Wanitphakdeedecha R. Efficacy and safety of a carbon-dioxide ablative fractional resurfacing device for treatment of atrophic acne scars in Asians. J Am Acad Dermatol 2010;63:274-83.
22Cho SB, Lee SJ, Kang JM, Kim YK, Chung WS, Oh SH. The efficacy and safety of 10,600-nm carbon dioxide fractional laser for acne scars in Asian patients. Dermatol Surg 2009;35:1955-61.
23Hedelund L, Haak CS, Togsverd-Bo K, Bogh MK, Bjerring P, Haedersdal M. Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing for atrophic acne scars: a randomized controlled trial with blinded response evaluation. Lasers Surg Med 2012;44:447-52.
24Asilian A, Salimi E, Faghihi G, Dehghani F, Tajmirriahi N, Hosseini SM. Comparison of Q-switched 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser and fractional CO2 laser efficacies on improvement of atrophic facial acne scar. J Res Med Sci 2011;16:1189-95.
25Alster TS, Tanzi EL, Lazarus M. The use of fractional laser photothermolysis for the treatment of atrophic scars. Dermatol Surg 2007;33:295-9.
26Alam M, Omura N, Kaminer MS. Subcision for acne scarring: technique and outcomes in 40 patients. Dermatol Surg 2005;31:310-7; discussion 317.
27Orentreich DS, Orentreich N. Subcutaneous incisionless (subcision) surgery for the correction of depressed scars and wrinkles. Dermatol Surg 1995;21:543-9.
28Nilforoushzadeh M, Lotfi E, Nickkholgh E, Salehi B, Shokrani M. Can subcision with the cannula be an acceptable alternative method in treatment of acne scars? Med Arch 2015;69:384-6.
29Chandrashekar B, Nandini A. Acne scar subcision. J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2010;3:125-6.
30Kang WH, Kim YJ, Pyo WS, Park SJ, Kim JH. Atrophic acne scar treatment using triple combination therapy: dot peeling, subcision and fractional laser. J Cosmet Laser Ther 2009;11:212-5.
31Kim S, Cho KH. Clinical trial of dual treatment with an ablative fractional laser and a nonablative laser for the treatment of acne scars in Asian patients. Dermatol Surg 2009;35:1089-98.
32Ortiz AE, Tremaine AM, Zachary CB. Long-term efficacy of a fractional resurfacing device. Lasers Surg Med 2010;42:168-70.
33Alsousou J, Ali A, Willett K, Harrison P. The role of platelet-rich plasma in tissue regeneration. Platelets 2013;24:173-82.
34Na JI, Choi JW, Choi HR, Jeong JB, Park KC, Youn SW, et al. Rapid healing and reduced erythema after ablative fractional carbon dioxide laser resurfacing combined with the application of autologous platelet-rich plasma. Dermatol Surg 2011;37:463-8.
35Alves R, Grimalt R. A review of platelet-rich plasma: history, biology, mechanism of action, and classification. Skin Appendage Disord 2018;4:18-24.
36Mahajan PV, Abbasi J, Subramanian S, Parad SC, Danke A. Regenerative medicine using platelet-rich plasma and stem cells in atrophic acne scars: a case report. J Cosmo Trichol 2017;3:2.
37Faghihi G, Keyvan S, Asilian A, Nouraei S, Behfar S, Nilforoushzadeh MA. Efficacy of autologous platelet-rich plasma combined with fractional ablative carbon dioxide resurfacing laser in treatment of facial atrophic acne scars: a split-face randomized clinical trial. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2016;82:162-8.
38Shin MK, Lee JH, Lee SJ, Kim NI. Platelet-rich plasma combined with fractional laser therapy for skin rejuvenation. Dermatol Surg 2012;38:623-30.
39Abdel Aal AM, Ibrahim IM, Sami NA, Abdel Kareem IM. Evaluation of autologous platelet-rich plasma plus ablative carbon dioxide fractional laser in the treatment of acne scars. J Cosmet Laser Ther 2018;20:106-13.
40Garg S, Baveja S. Combination therapy in the management of atrophic acne scars. J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2014;7:18-23.
41Gawdat HI, Hegazy RA, Fawzy MM, Fathy M. Autologous platelet rich plasma: topical versus intradermal after fractional ablative carbon dioxide laser treatment of atrophic acne scars. Dermatol Surg 2014;40:152-61.
42Rubenstein R, Roenigk HH Jr, Stegman SJ, Hanke CW. Atypical keloids after dermabrasion of patients taking isotretinoin. J Am Acad Dermatol 1986;15:280-5.
43Katz BE, Mac Farlane DF. Atypical facial scarring after isotretinoin therapy in a patient with previous dermabrasion. J Am Acad Dermatol 1994;30:852-3.
44Mysore V, Mahadevappa OH, Barua S, Majid I, Viswanath V, Bhat RM, et al. Standard guidelines of care: performing procedures in patients on or recently administered with isotretinoin. J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2017;10:186-94.