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Scars are marks left on the body from wounds, cuts, acne, surgical procedures, or any other damage to the skin. The board-certified physicians, laser experts, and plastic surgeon at Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York have the expertise to target scars with the precision necessary to achieve an optimal outcome.

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Image Dr. Leonard J. Bernstein is performing scar removal treatment in New York, NY.
Images showing hands with the scars that are removed shown in the after photos, laser treatment for scars in NYC.

Scars are the body’s healing response to an injury, surgery, or infection. Trauma that goes deeper into the dermal tissue will result in new tissue production that creates the appearance of a scar on the skin’s surface. Scars often start out as pink markings, but they can get lighter or darker over time. Most scars are flat, but it is not unusual to have a raised or depressed scar as well, depending on how the skin heals.

Scars can negatively impact your self-confidence and your self-esteem. They can even affect your social interactions. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the appearance of scars today, to restore your appearance and your confidence.

Top, board-certified dermatologists and plastic surgeons at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York® treat a variety of scars including acne scars, red scars, brown scars, white scars, surgical scars, raised scars, and depressed scars. We work with patients of all ages, including young children. Laser scar removal and other scar removal techniques can reduce and improve the appearance of scarring on the face and body. To learn more about laser treatment for scars, click here.

What are possible treatments?

Common scarring treatments include injections and laser therapy. The Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York® performs laser scar removal using the following laser devices:

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before and after image of a laser treatment for scar removal on a woman's face under the eye
image of a before and after for laser treatment to remove a scar on a little boy's cheek
image of a before and after for laser treatment to remove a scar on a man's nose post mohs surgery

Are there specific acne treatments? 

There are currently multiple treatments available to improve the appearance of acne scars. Fortunately, the options for acne scar treatment 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.

what options are available for acne scars?

The options that are presently available include:

Non-ablative fractional resurfacing: 

Ablative fractional resurfacing:

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 and Halo lasers as well as the Active FX and Deep FX. 

before and after image of a laser treatment for acne scars on a young mans face
before and after image of a Fraxel Laser Treatment For Facial Acne Scarring
Before After photos of scar removal treatment  on the nose, New York, NY.

Publications

“Treatment of Atrophic Facial Acne Scars With Microneedling Followed by Polymethylmethacrylate-Collagen Gel Dermal Filler.” Dermatologic Surgery, 2019 Dec.

“The Role of Elastic Fibers in Scar Formation and Treatment” Dermatol Surg. 2017 Jan.

“Safety and Efficacy Evaluation of Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment, CO<sub>2</sub> Ablative Fractional Resurfacing, and Combined Treatment for Surgical Scar Clearance.” Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, 2016 Nov. 1.

“Acne scarring: A review of available therapeutic lasers.” Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 2016 Feb.

“Acne scarring: A review of available therapeutic lasers.Lasers Surg Med” 2015 Sep 28.

“Use of a picosecond pulse duration laser with specialized optic for treatment of facial acne scarring.” JAMA Dermatology, 2015 March.

“Use of a Picosecond Pulse Duration Laser With Specialized Optic for Treatment of Facial Acne Scarring.” JAMA Dermatol. 2014 November 19.

 

 

“Successful Treatment of Atrophic Scarring with CO2 Ablative Fractional Resurfacing: Quantitative Volumetric Scar Improvement.” Arch Derm. 2010 February.

“Successful Treatment of Acneiform Scarring with CO2 Ablative Fractional Resurfacing.” Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 2008 August.

“Ablative Fractional Resurfacing of Acne Scars.” Lasers Surg. Med. 2008.

“Fractional Photothermoloysis for Treatment of Surgical Scars: A Case Report.” J Cosmet Laser Therapy, 2006 April.

“Treatment of Atropic Facial Acne Scars with the 1064nm Q-switched Nd:YAG Laser.” Arch Dermatol. 2004 Nov.

“The Safety and Efficacy of the 308nm Excimer Laser for Pigment Correction of Hypopigmented Scars and Straie Alba.” Arch Dermatol. 2004 Aug.

“Scar Resurfacing with High-Energy, Short-pulsed and Flashscanning Carbon Dioxide Lasers.” Dermatol Surg. 1998 Jan.

Real Patients Before and After photos

Genius microneedling to treat acne scarring – after three treatments

Genius microneedling to treat acne scarring – after three treatments

Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed.
Fraxel and Vbeam used to treat acne scarring

Fraxel and Vbeam used to treat acne scarring

Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed.
Fraxel and Vbeam used to treat acne scarring

Fraxel and Vbeam used to treat acne scarring

Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed.

Scars In The News

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what is the fasa technique?

The new FASA technique can be helpful for lines and scars with less downtime than traditional resurfacing procedures. This approach uses a conservative resurfacing approach with the topical application of fillers.

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. 

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Questions and Answers

Q: Which Treatment Is Right For Me?

A: Our doctors at Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York® can help you figure out the best treatment plan based on your skin and scars. 

Q: When Will I See Results?

A: Results vary from patient to patient but can be seen as early as 2 weeks. Full results are typically seen within 3-6 months after treatment.

Q: Is Scar Treatment Permanent?

A: Yes, treatment is permanent. For best results, consult your dermatologist to find a maintenance skin care regimen for your skin type.

Q: How Much Is Scar Treatment?

A: The cost of treatment depends on the severity of the scars. Consult your dermatologist to get a better idea of cost. 

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