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Acne and Acne Scars


Types of Acne Scars

Concave or rolling type scars are the most common type of acne scar. They appear as small circular or oval depressions in the skin. These scars have smooth borders.

Pitted scars or "ice pick" scars are small, sharp or pinpoint type scars that penetrate deeply into the skin. They look like enlarged pores.

Box car type scars are similar to "ice-pick" scars but the size of the box car scar is much larger and has the impression of a cut-out.

Hypertrophic scars or keloids are thickened, red or pink scars that are raised above the skin surface. Skin color changes such as skin lightening (or hypopigmentation), skin darkening (or hyperpigmentation) and redness of the skin are commonly seen with acne scars.


There are multiple options for the treatment of acne scars. Our dermatologist will evaluate your condition and will explain the different options to you. She will help you choose a treatment plan that best fits your condition and your goals. Often, a combination of treatments is recommended to help improve your acne scars and achieve your goal of smoother skin and improved appearance.

Dermal Fillers

Filler agents are injected into areas of acne scars in order to lift and fill the depressions. Results are best when used on larger concave scars or to refill areas where volume loss has accentuated the appearance of acne scars. Restylane®. or Juvederm ® are often used for this procedure

Microdermabrasion or Dermabrasion:

This technique abrades the skin - improving the skin surface and stimulating collagen production below the scar as wound healing occurs.

Punch excision or punch floating:

This technique is used for the treatment of box-scar or large ice pick type of scars. A small circular device is used to excise or cut out the acne scar, before a small suture is placed. Often this is combined with laser resurfacing, but may be used alone for scars that are likely not to respond well to laser treatment.

Subcision of acne scars:

A needle is used to disrupt and release the fibrous bands that attach to scars and pull down on the skin. The needle is passed under the scar to interrupt these bands and induce a wound healing reaction that can lead to collagen deposition.

TCA Chemical Reconstruction of Scarred Skin ( TCA CROSS)

Very concentrated 90% - 100% trichloroacetic acid is applied to the base of pitted or ice pick scars using a tip of a wooden toothpick. This technique is often combined with other laser treatments for best results.

Collagen Induction Therapy

Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), also known as "derma roller", medical skin needling, or micro needling, is a new minimally invasive skin reconstruction treatment designed to improve the appearance of scars on the face and body. The treatment uses medical grade tiny needles or micro-needles that is moved over the skin to create tiny, evenly spaced micro puncture wounds on the skin. This process stimulates the body's natural collagen and elastin production as a response to wound healing. As the wounds heal, remodeling and restructuring of the damaged layers of the skin take place. New collagen and elastin are produced creating a new healthy and younger looking skin. The procedure is effective in treating unsightly concave or rolling scars.

Mono or Bipolar Radiofrequency (RF)

Radiofrequency (RF) technology heats up the dermis inducing dermal repair and renewal of collagen which results to smoother appearing ski and improved appearance of scars.

Fractional Laser

Fractional Laser is a revolutionary new technology based on a new science of "fractional skin repair". It can enhance the surface of scars as well as promote collagen production and remodeling under the skin, resulting in a smoother skin appearance. It is ideal for concave scars and is often combined with other treatments.

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