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Scar Treatment in New York

Unwanted scars can be reduced or removed using a variety of laser treatments. Our physicians are experts in scar revision techniques, with numerous research studies and publications on the subject. With more than 100 lasers in use at our practice, we can target your scars with unprecedented precision to produce the best possible results.

  • Downtime: Minimal
  • Pain Level: Minimal
  • Results Duration: Long-Lasting


Scars from injury, surgery or trauma

Side Effects:

Mild redness and swelling following treatment – skin wounding is also possible


Anywhere on the face and body 

Follow Up:

Some patients will require a series of treatment sessions to achieve an optimal outcome

How Performed:

Lasers target the scar without damaging surrounding skin and tissue


Some patients do not need any anesthetic, while others might have topical or local anesthesia, as well as nitrous oxide or IV sedation

Procedure Type:


Expected Outcome:

Reduction or elimination of scarring


Results are apparent after final treatment session

Scar Treatment

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Scars are often unwanted reminders of medical conditions, injuries, trauma, or surgery. When they are noticeable, they can also lead to significant embarrassment and self-esteem. Fortunately, there are ways to treat scars today that do not involve incisions, anesthesia, and downtime.

Top, board-certified dermatologists 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 treat patients of all ages, including young children, through laser therapies and injectable treatments designed for maximum improvement.

The ability to customize treatments to the precise needs and skin tone of each patient is the primary factor in a successful procedure. Our physicians lead the field in scar treatment with more than 100 laser devices to choose from. Through extensive experience and expertise, we are able to achieve superior results that attract patients from across the country and around the globe.

What Causes Scars?

Scars can be caused by an injury, accident, or as part of a disease process such as cystic acne. They form when the dermis (the skin’s middle layer) becomes damaged. To repair the damage, new protein-rich collagen fibers develop. Too little collagen can leave depressed scarring, while an overproduction can cause raised scars to form. The new scar tissue will have a different texture compared to the surrounding tissue. They can appear red and thick, feeling smooth and rubbery to the touch, then fade to a pinkish hue over time.

Are There Different Types Of Acne Scars?

Yes. There are several types of acne scars, including:

  • Atrophic scars – flat, thin, shallow depressions
  • Boxcar scars – broad, box-like depressions with sharply defined edges
  • Ice pick scars – deep, narrow, pitted scars that point down into the skin’s surface
  • Rolling scars – broad depressions with sloping edges and varying depths that cause the skin to appear wavy and uneven
  • Hypertrophic and keloid scars – thick, lumpy scars. Both are caused by excess scar tissue, but keloids grow beyond the wound and into the surrounding skin

What Types Of Scars Can Be Treated?

At Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, our top board-certified dermatologists treat a variety of scars, including:

  • Cystic acne scars
  • Red scars
  • Brown scars
  • White scars
  • Surgical scars
  • Raised scars
  • Depressed scars
  • Mohs surgery scars

Various laser devices are FDA-cleared for acne and surgical scars on any area of the body, including the face.

How does Scar Treatment Work?

Although a scar cannot always be completely removed, treatment can significantly improve its appearance. At Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, we have over 100 lasers and devices available to treat your scars, improve their texture and pigment, and accelerate the healing process.

Subcision, which is a minor surgical procedure, can also help create new connective tissue to repair and smooth the skin.

Energy Devices & Laser Treatment Options

Treating and removing scars is a very challenging cosmetic procedure, but Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York is renowned in this aspect of dermatological practice. Our board-certified dermatologists are not only well-published but regularly receive media coverage for their expertise in scar removal.

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Do Scar Treatments Hurt?

Most of the laser treatments performed at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York involve little discomfort for our patients. We will apply a topical numbing cream or local anesthetic prior to the procedure when necessary to prevent a painful experience. Our doctors are highly experienced in using these devices and will take the steps to ensure your treatment is experience is both positive and as comfortable as possible.

How Does Laser Therapy Treat Scars?

The laser’s high-energy light will effectively remove outer layers of the skin (referred to as ablative laser therapy) and will stimulate collagen production in the inner layers. As the top layer of your scar peels off, skin will appear smoother and the appearance of the scar becomes less noticeable.

Non-ablative laser therapy works by heating the dermis to trigger collagen production, encouraging new, healthy skin cells to grow.

Radiofrequency devices and pulsed light sources can also be used to make scars less noticeable without damaging the outer layer of skin.

Can Lasers Help Treat Mohs Surgery Scars?

Yes. Pulsed Dye Laser, CO2 ablative fractional lasers, or a combination of both can be used to reduce the appearance of scars after Mohs surgery. If Mohs surgery was performed in our office at Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, our board-certified dermatologist can repair the skin with laser treatments.

Can Injectables Be Used For Scar Removal?

Yes. We can offer a combination of treatments for optimal results, including Botox and dermal fillers. Injectables can improve the appearance of scars for smoother, clearer skin. While Botox softens the skin to minimize scarring, fillers can safely and effectively plump depressed acne scars.

When Is The Best Time To Treat Scars?

While we can treat old/fully healed scars, it is best to have a scar treated before it has fully matured. Ideally, you should come to us within 6 weeks after an injury (before you have finished healing). The sooner you get treated, the better the outcome.

When Will I See Results?

You may start to see improvement in the days following your procedure. However, most patients will require more than one treatment session to achieve an optimal outcome. That result will become apparent after your final session. 

How Long is the Recovery Time After Treatment?

While it depends on the specifics of your procedure, most of our scar treatments do not require much, if any, downtime afterward. You might experience some mild redness and swelling in the treatment area for a day or two. It is imperative to protect your skin from the sun while it heals to avoid potential damage.

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Questions about Scar Removal treatments? Contact us at laser & skin surgery center of new york today!

If you’re tired of covering up your scars with clothing or makeup, you may benefit from having a scar removal treatment by our expert dermatologists at Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York. Regardless of what type of scarring you may have, our renowned dermatologists can effectively treat them and provide you with the best results. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.


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Real Patients Before and After photos

Laser Treatment for Scar Removal Under the Eye

Laser Treatment for Scar Removal Under the Eye

Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed.
Laser Treatment to Remove Facial Acne Scarring

Laser Treatment to Remove Facial Acne Scarring

Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed.
Laser Treatment for Acne Scarring on the Back

Laser Treatment for Acne Scarring on the Back

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Questions and Answers

Q: Is Scar Treatment Safe?

A: Yes. All the laser devices that we use for our scar removal procedures have been approved by the FDA. In addition, our board-certified physicians have extensive experience in using these devices and will use their expertise to customize your treatment plan so it is both safe and effective for you. 

Q: How Successful Will My Treatment Be?

A: Scar treatments vary in terms of how much reduction you might see. Variables include the type and depth of the scar, your skin tone and how well your skin responds to the laser. Our doctors are highly experienced in scar removal and will be able to advise you at the beginning of your treatment plan as to how much improvement you should expect from your procedures. 

Q: How Long Do Results Last?

A: Because scar treatment permanently alters the scar, the results are long-lasting. You should not see the scar return once it has been successfully treated. 

Q: Are There Any Side Effects?

A: Most scar treatments do not involve many side effects and the ones that do appear are usually mild and temporary. Some patients might experience mild swelling, tenderness, skin redness, or bruising around the treatment area. Make sure to protect treated skin from direct sun exposure while it heals to avoid possible damage. 

Q: What are My Options in Scar Treatment?

A: Most of our scar treatments are performed using a laser device. With multiple options at our disposal, we can customize your treatment to your specific scar, skin tone, and desired results to ensure the best possible outcome. Devices we use include the Vbeam Perfecta laser, alexandrite laser, Nd:YAG laser, Fraxel lasers, the PicoSure, Active and Deep FX, and the Excel V.

Q: How Long Does A Typical Laser Treatment Take And How Many Sessions Will I Need?

A: Laser treatments take 40 minutes or less on average. It will depend on the size and severity of the treatment area. The number of your sessions will depend on the scar, skin type, skin color, and the area being treated.

While you will already notice a difference in your skin’s appearance after just one treatment, removing older and deeper scars may require additional sessions. 3-7 sessions may be recommended for best results.

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