Acne Scarring Treatment

There are currently multiple treatments available to improve the appearance of acne scars in NYC. Fortunately, the options for acne scar management have improved dramatically over the past several years with the advent of new laser technology. While a complete cure is not possible, most of our patients can appreciate significant improvement with laser treatment. The choice of treatment is based upon the types of scars and the characteristics of each individual patient. Acne scars that are hypopigmented, red, hyperpigmented, elevated, or depressed and sunken can typically be improved with the appropriate selection of laser treatments. We also have lasers that are safe for patients with darker skin types.

The options that are presently available include non-ablative fractional resurfacing with the Fraxel Re:store Dual, ablative fractional resurfacing (Fraxel Re:pair, Active FX and Deep FX), PicoSure®, Clear + Brilliant, Permea, pulsed-dye laser, and laser toning (Nd:YAG lasers). 

Some techniques that have minimal to no downtime include the Fraxel Dual laser, PicoSure, Clear + Brilliant , Permea, and the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. More downtime is seen with the Fraxel Re:pair laser as well as the Active FX and Deep FX. 

The treatment of acne scars is often performed in conjunction with the use of filler substances such as Sculptra, Juvederm, as well as Belotoro. Additionally, treatment of elevated acne scars, particularly on the chest and shoulders, is often further improved with injections of medication directly into the elevated areas at the time of laser treatment. 

To discuss which treatment will work best on your acne scarring, please call us for an appointment today.


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