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A 43-year-old member asked:

is there a permanent treatment for acne scars?

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Dr. Daniel Behroozan
Dermatology 21 years experience
Yes: The most permanent way to treat acne scars is using a laser such as the fractionated co2 laser or fraxel re:store laser. These laser treatments have become very popular due to their efficacy when performed by an experienced board certified dermatologist. In the past chemical peels have also been used with varying success and traditional dermabrasion as well, but this has fallen out of favor.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
A board certified facial plastic or cosmetic surgeon is another option for treatment of acne scars. Depending on the extent of acne scarring, chemical peels remain a well accepted and well tolerated treatment option.
Mar 5, 2012
Dr. Brock Ridenour
Plastic Surgery 36 years experience
There are several: There are several 'permanent' treatments for acne scars. Artefill is a long lasting filling agent that can elevate some acne scars. Other scars can be excised or 'released' with surgery. Fractionated lasers (fraxel dual, fraxel re:pair) produce consistent long-term/ permanent results. None of these, however, result in flawless skin. Be realistic, stay with it and you will see permanent improvement.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What is the greatest treatment for acne scars?

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Dr. Robert Alexander
Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
Dermabrasion, Mechan: For skin scarring from acne, surgical planing of the skin helps mask scar depressions and surface irregularities. Often requires >1 treatment, and may be followed by laser resurfacing, fillers or chemical peels to improve surface texture.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are treatment options for acne scars?

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Dr. John Cheng
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Microdermabrasion: I have had many patients have microdermabrasion which seems to remove the top layers of the skin and it improves the appearance of the acne scars.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How long is it supposed to it take for acne scars to fade?

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Dr. Anil Shah
Dr. Anil Shah answered
Facial Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: Acne scars when early on can create redness which is typically temporary. The acne scars which create visible impressions in the skin typically create permanent marks and changes to the face and typically do not fade without therapy.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What can be done for acne scars?

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Dr. Anil Shah
Dr. Anil Shah answered
Facial Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Combination therapy: A variety of approaches are necessary to improve not remove acne scars. Specific therapy is dependent on the type of scars and skin type. Potential therapies include subcision, cross tca, medical roll cit, dermabrasion, laser and other treatments, including prp.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Willsalicylic acid work good for acne scars?

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Dr. James Shire
Facial Plastic Surgery 40 years experience
No: Salicylic acid is an exfoliator and can not improve scarring. It does not extend into the dermis.

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