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Can I get laser resurfacing for acne scars if I still have acne?

Can I get laser resurfacing for acne scars if I still have acne?

Best to wait: It is best to have the acne under control before doing scar treatment. See your dermatologist and get the acne clear and then plan on a treatment for the acne scars. ...Read more

Dr. Ingrid Warmuth
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Dermabrasion (Definition)

Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure designed to gently remove the outer layers of skin. It is commonly performed to improve the appearance of the skin, camouflage scars, and remove irregularities of the skin. A brush or diamond fraise is commonly used for this procedure ...Read more


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I have indented acne scars. Is laser resurfacing the only option or are other alternatives available?

I have indented acne scars. Is laser resurfacing the only option or are other alternatives available?

Other treatments: There are other treatments as well, for example:
1) scar subscission
2) dermapen
3) cross tca peel
4) direct excision
5) fillers
6) traditional dermabrasion. ...Read more

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What is laser resurfacing for pitting acne scars like?

What is laser resurfacing for pitting acne scars like?

Excise pitting scars: Laser resurfacing (or for that matter, dermabrasion resurfacing) can improve the overall quality of skin, and even acneiform-scarred skin. Of course, darker pigmented skin is potentially more difficult to treat via resurfacing techniques due to possible hyperpigmentation.

Nonetheless, ice pick scars or deep pitting scars, are often best excised first; then resurfacing treatments can follow. ...Read more

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Could laser resurfacing completely remove acne scars. Any side effects?

Could laser resurfacing completely remove acne scars. Any side effects?

Not completely: But it's pretty good. There's also microsurgery and fillers. It's safe and not so bad. I'm sorry you weren't treated as you should have been when you had your acne, and I hope you get what you want. ...Read more

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Does laser resurfacing really get rid of acne scars?

Does laser resurfacing really get rid of acne scars?

Partially: Honestly, deep acne scars are difficult to treat with our current methods. At best, even with a good laser resurfacing treatment, 50% improvement would be considered a "good result". ...Read more

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Could the co2 fractional laser resurfacing really work for acne scars?

Yes: Fractional lasers can do a nice job of improving acne scars. I generally treat bad acne scars with a combination treatment, including laser, PRP and sometimes subcision (for the deep ice picks) or fillers/fat transfer. For scarring that is not so severe I will generally start with a course of Laser Genesis (about 5-6 treatments). ...Read more

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How can I get some insight with laser resurfacing for acne scars (had severe cystic acne when I was younger)?

How can I get some insight with laser resurfacing for acne scars (had severe cystic acne when I was younger)?

Acne scar laser: I think the best laser for acne scars is the carbon dioxide laser or the newer fractionated lasers (like fraxel). ...Read more

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What is the difference between a chemical peel and laser resurfacing? What is better for purple/red acne scars?

What is the difference between a chemical peel and laser resurfacing? What is better for purple/red acne scars?

Peel versus laser: Chemical peels use an acid to chemically damage the outer layers of the skin. Lasers also damage the skin using light energy, there is a new laser that emits a pattern of laser energy in the skin, it can be done with numbing cream on the face. Purple /red scars are still active and a probably are best treated with steeroids. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use laser resurfacing for acne scars if you had radiation for cancer years ago?

Is it safe to use laser resurfacing for acne scars if you had radiation for cancer years ago?

Yes: Doublecheck with the physician who'll administer the laser, but unless you have old radiation dermatitis or telangiectasias in the area, you'll probably be fine. Congratulations on your recovery from cancer. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I did eribium laser for my acne scars I got more scars. I don't want to go for laser treatments. I want to do dermabraison for my acne scars. Helpful?

I did eribium laser for my acne scars I got more scars. I don't want to go for laser treatments. I want to do dermabraison for my acne scars. Helpful?

Dermabrasion works: Dermabrasion is an old tried and true method of treatment for acne scarring. It is not used as much anymore, because lasers are sexier. If your scarring is not around your eyes dermabrasion can be very effective. ...Read more

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Can dermabrasion work for acne scars?

Can dermabrasion work for acne scars?

Yes but not the best: Dear abrasion can certainly work but there are more precise means. My favorite is a combination of a fractionated (not co2) erbium laser for full thickness treatment combined with a full coverage superficial erbium treatment. ...Read more

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What kind of dermabrasion has best results for acne scars?

What kind of dermabrasion has best results for acne scars?

Depends: It really depends on he size and distribution of the scars. Dermabrasion and chemical peels (possibly retinoid topical) can help with finer scars but for bigger scars may have to consider laser or deeper peels such as co2 peels - please see a cosmetics dermatologist/plastics surgeon. ...Read more

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Is dermabrasion something you have to do more than once? I'd like to smooth out my skin, which has a lot of acne scars, and I'm wondering if dermabrasion is something i'll need to have done multiple time, or just once? Will the scars return if I only have

Is dermabrasion something you have to do more than once? I'd like to smooth out my skin, which has a lot of acne scars, and I'm wondering if dermabrasion is something i'll need to have done multiple time, or just once? Will the scars return if I only have

Neither: Neither dermabrasion, nor fraxel laser re-surfacing will remove acne scars completely, with one session. They can make the scars less noticable, when done properly. Further improvement can be obtained, with a repeat session, if these are crater shaped scars. Pitted and keloid scars do not respond well to these methods. A combination therapeutic approach is usually best, if there is a mix of scar types. Punched out and pitted scars can be removed surgically, or with cross method, while bound down scars are treated with subcision. Shallow, crater scars can benefit from dermabrasion or laser re-surfacing. These options, and risks of each, are best discussed with your dermatologist, after he/she does a thorough history and physical exam. ...Read more

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How good is dermabrasion for acne scars?

How good is dermabrasion for acne scars?

Often very good: Mechanical dermabrasion (not microdermabrasion) can provide a "plane" removal of the acne scar edges, smoothing and flattening of the scar depressions. Better on scars that are crater-like (pox scar example) than deep "pit" type scars (called ice pick types). May require more than a single treatment, as there are limits to depth. New skin from oil & sweat glands and hair follicle to resurface. ...Read more

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Is there another way to remove acne scars without dermabrasion?

Is there another way to remove acne scars without dermabrasion?

Yes: Depends on the age of the patient, the pattern of scars and the skin type. Some scars can be injected with filling agents. Bound down scars must first be 'released' (subcision) before fillers or tissue grafts can be effective. Isolated scars can be excised. If there are many scars and the skin is lax, facelift can be helpful. Fractionated lasers and dermabrasion encourage new collagen production. ...Read more

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For acne scars im planning to go for dermabrasion, where can I go in kerala, how much cost for american?

For acne scars im planning to go for dermabrasion, where can I go in kerala, how much cost for american?

Dermabrasion: Thisnmay take more than one session and inhale found that fat grafting may improve your results. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of acne scars without dermabrasion?

How can I get rid of acne scars without dermabrasion?

Difficult: Depends on the nature and depth of the scarring. If minor, then use of resurfacing lasers and medium to deep chemical peels will help. If scars are "ice-pick" in nature, even deep mechanical dermabrasion is not totally effective. Most treat with deeper mechanical abrasion to provide a "planing" effect versus the surface change of microdermabrasion. See medical care. ...Read more

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Will microdermabrasion, dermabrasion or exfoliation help remove acne scars?

Will microdermabrasion, dermabrasion or exfoliation help remove acne scars?

Dermabrasion - Yes: Dermabrasion, medium/ deep chemical peels and laser resurfacing can help acne scars. The amount of benefit depends on the aggressiveness of the treatment and severity of scarring. Often, multiple treatments are required. Microderm and exfoliation will not help. I hope this information is helpful.

Stephen weber, M.D.
Lone tree facial plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Can sculptra treat deep acne scars? I have some pretty deep scars from acne. Dermabrasion hasn't done much for them. I'd like to try fillers, but I don't want to keep having injections every few months. Since sulptra is long-lasting, it seems like a good

Fillers for scars: Fillers for scars are difficult - it can be done, but I don't think sculptra is a good choice. As some other doctors note, laser is the better option.
Subcision can be used to loosen the scar floor and allow better laser results. ...Read more

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Is a dermabrasion a good way to soften / smoothen acne scars and skin tone?

Is a dermabrasion a good way to soften / smoothen acne scars and skin tone?

Acne scars: Dermabrasion is still the gold standard in treating acne scars. Other resurfacing techniques such as co2 laser are also excellent. Percutaneous collagen induction with a surgical roller is also a good option without the down time of the above procedures. If repeated once or twice after six months it gives very good results. ...Read more

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Is their a RX for GETING rid if acne scars or do I just have to get micro dermabrasion treatment?

Is their a RX for GETING rid if acne scars or do I just have to get micro dermabrasion treatment?

Hard to eliminate: Acne scars are generally not completely removed with topical therapy, athough appearance can be improved with them. ...Read more

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Severe acne scars on forehead, and the sides of the face. Besides dermabrasion & other skin resurfacing treatments how can I achieve clear skin again?

Severe acne scars on forehead, and the sides of the face. Besides dermabrasion & other skin resurfacing treatments how can I achieve clear skin again?

Don't give up!: Deep acne scars are a tough problem. Laser resurfacing, in my opinion, is the best way to improve the appearance. It is rarely a one time treatment, however. We use active fx and deep fx and repeat the treatment a few times (we wait a few months between treatments to evaluate the effect) for maximal benefit. ...Read more

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Which is better for acne atrophic scars: fraxel laser or dermabrasion?

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Which is better for acne atrophic scars: fraxel laser or dermabrasion?

The: The outcome from fraxel treatment is usually much more pronounced and more controlled than dermabrasion and microdermabrsion will not have much effect on the deeper layers of the skin. ...Read more

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Laser skin resurfacing--reimbursed if acne scars?

Laser skin resurfacing--reimbursed if acne scars?

Usually not: Insurance typically will help with the management and control of acne infections, but do not often pay for the care of the scarring that results. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Laser Resurfacing (Definition)

Is a procedure used to smooth the skin and remove pigmentation irregularities. Co2 and erbium lasers are the most common modalities. If you are considering laser skin resurfacing, you should also research chemical peels and dermabrasion. Sometime these alternatives ...Read more


Dr. M. Christine Lee
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Acne Scar (Definition)

Acne scars are much deeper than the 2 dimensional blemish on the surface. The collagen fibers may extend through the subcutaneous fat to pull the surface down toward the underlying fascial layers. This creates the three dimensional "pit" common ...Read more