If acne scars bother you, safe and effective treatments are available. These include: laser treatments, minor skin surgery, chemical peels and dermal fillers.  As we age, these scars may become more noticeable because of loss of skin collagen. 

The keys to effective treatment:

  1. clearing up acne first
  2. selecting the right treatment based on the type of scar

The most common types of scars are:

1. Depressed (these may be different shapes)

2. Raised (hypertrophic )

3. Discolored (red or brown)

There are many reasons to treat acne scars. Most of these involve social aspects of scaring and loss of self esteem. Keep in mind that while almost all scars can be significantly improved, there may still be residual skin changes. Many of these treatments are not covered by insurance. Some may involve several days of downtime. Always inform your doctor if you have recently taken Accutane (isotretinoin) as many treatments must be delayed after this therapy.

Treatments for depressed scars include:

  1. Acne scar surgery
  2. Laser resurfacing
  3. Dermal fillers
  4. Dermabrasion
  5. Certain chemical peels
  6. Microneedling
  7. Skin tightening

For raised scars, some of these same treatments may help. Most commonly used are:

  1. Corticosteroid injections
  2. Acne scar surgery
  3. Laser therapy
  4. Silicone gel

Discoloration (red and brown) is often the easiest to treat and may be helped by:

  1. Lasers
  2. Chemical peels
  3. Bleaching creams
  4. Microdermabrasion / exfoliation

Talk with a professional who is skilled in ALL these therapies so that you select the treatment(s) that work best for you.

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