The Efficacy of Combined Plasma Gel and Fractional CO2 Laser in Treatment of Atrophic Acne Scars

H.H. Sabry1, R.M.Salem 2, M.M.Mohamed 3"


Atrophic post acne scars have a profound psychosocial impact on patients of all ages. The dermatologists usually face the dilemma of choosing the most effective or choosing the safest modality of treatment. The fractional CO2 laser (FCL) resurfacing is the gold standard for treating atrophic scars but is associated with prolonged recovery and many side effects. To address these limitations, newer combined therapies have emerged. The current work aimed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of FCL combined with topical application of plasma gel in the treatment of atrophic acne scars.Twenty patients with facial atrophic post acne scars were enrolled in this study. All of them completed the study. All patients underwent 4 treatment sessions at 4 – weeks intervals. The evaluation was applied by the investigator at the baseline, and one month after final session. Then, the percentage of improvement was calculated. Patients were with Fitzpatrick skin types II-V. They were 8 males and 12 females. According to the qualitative global scarring grading system (GSGS), patients with grade 4 acne scars comprised 50% of the study population, followed by 10% with grade 2 and 40% with grade 3. GSGS scores were decreased from 3.10 ± 0.99 to 2.00 ± 0.47 after 1 month from the last treatment session with P- value <0.001. Reported side effects were mild and transient.The combination of plasma gel and FCL resurfacing was noticeably outstanding in their efficacy and safety.

Key words

Plasma gel, PRP-gel, Fractional laser, Atrophic acne scar.