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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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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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How effective is microdermabrasion for acne scars?

How effective is microdermabrasion for acne scars?

Acne scars: One important factor is prevent new scars-get your acne under control. Find a dermatologist to tackle that with you. Most treatment to improve the appearance of acne scars use special technology to remodel the skin. The device I use to treat acne scars is called ematrix--see for info: http://www.Smacboca.Com/e-matrix-sublative-rejuvenation.Html other options include laser, microderm, or subscision. ...Read more

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What is BBL fotofacial laser? And is it good for acne and acne scars?

What is BBL fotofacial laser? And is it good for acne and acne scars?

BBL laser: BBL treatments may help with acne, as well as red and brown pigmentation issues, and skin rejuvenation. It will not address acne scarring. Other lasers may better help with the concerns of acne related scarring ...Read more

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Is microdermabrasion effective for acne and acne scars?

Is microdermabrasion effective for acne and acne scars?

Yes & No: There are two types of acne scars. Craters and ice-pick. The ice-pick scar has sharp borders whereas the crater has smoother borders. Ice-pick variety of scars have to be excised and can be done quite easily with small punch biopsies. The crater variety can be helped with multiple sessions of microdermabrasion. ...Read more

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What is a good remedie for acne scars on face?

What is a good remedie for acne scars on face?

Laser is an option: Laser can reduce the scarring of acne. It may take several treatments however. Also, darker skinned individuals are at higher risks for the side effects of laser such as pigmentation changes. ...Read more

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How useful is microdermabrasion on acne scars?

How useful is microdermabrasion on acne scars?

Not very: It may help small scars. I'm sorry you ended up with these rather than being treated effectively in the first place. If you want them made permanently less visible, get with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon; even deep dermabrasion is giving way to lasers, microsurgery, and fillers that will make the scars less visible. Several hollywood leading men have kept theirs for effect; it's your choice. ...Read more

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How long would laser treatment for acne scars take?

How long would laser treatment for acne scars take?

About an hour: Laser resurfacing for acne scarring usually takes about an hour and in my practice is done with a twilight anesthesia. It will be about ten to fourteen days before a patient will be able to apply makeup. ...Read more

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Is micro-dermabrasion effective for acne and acne scarring?

Is micro-dermabrasion effective for acne and acne scarring?

Usually not: Micro-dermabrasion is best suited for removal of dead cells from the skin surface. Does not go deep enough to effectively reduce the depth of scarring or produce an adequate reaction under the skin to help smooth the base. ...Read more

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How effective is acne scar revision?

How effective is acne scar revision?

Acne scars: Acne scarring is very difficult to treat. Do not expect any miracles. It can take many surgeries or lasers etc and still could not look great. Obviously it depends on the extent of scarring. ...Read more

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How effective is laser resurfacing for acne?

How effective is laser resurfacing for acne?

Wrong choice: Laser resurfacing fixes acne scars, not acne. For acne scars, it can work great. It usually takes more than one treatment, and it takes time to see the results, but it works well. Other lasers and ipl devices can be used to treat acne. The procedures are not the same or even similar. If somebody tells you that a single treatment will do both, run away. ...Read more

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Is laser light therapy for acne scars good on teenage skin?

Is laser light therapy for acne scars good on teenage skin?

Yes for some scars: In our experience it has been useful for either atrophic acne scars and some of the red elevated scars. We have used both the pulsed dye laser and the fractional co2 laser on selected patients with good results. ...Read more

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Is it good for you to get laser treatment for acne scars?

Is it good for you to get laser treatment for acne scars?

May Be: Correct laser treatments for acne scars may help for some patients, but may not help others. Also, on the same patient some scars could get better results than some other scars. ...Read more

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How effective is proactive on healing acne scars and skin conditions?

How effective is proactive on healing acne scars and skin conditions?

Derm evaluation: Proactiv is topical dermatologic treatments based around salicylic acid, which is a known treatment for acne. Proactiv really has an effective marketing scheme, but it may not be the best treat for all skin conditions. I would seriously suggest a consultation with a dermatologist before starting any skin therapy and learn about all the options. ...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 the no7 micro-dermabrasion exfoliator effective for acne and acne scarring?

Is the no7 micro-dermabrasion exfoliator effective for acne and acne scarring?

Microdermabrasion: Over the counter microdermabrasion kits can be helpful for weekly use, but a microdermabrasion performed in office will be the most effective as this also has suction. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what spa treatment is best for scars, stretchmarks and hyperpigmentation?

I'm curious as to what spa treatment is best for scars, stretchmarks and hyperpigmentation?

The best treatments: Would be done by physicians-Plastic surgeons or dermatologists. There are surgical procedures, lasers and medications that can help each of those things. It is unlikely anything done at a spa will be of any benefit. ...Read more

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Is retin a (tretinoin) cream is works better for acne scars on face?

Is retin a (tretinoin) cream is works better for acne scars on face?

Not for scars: I'm sorry your acne was neglected and you ended up with scars. Nothing you can apply will touch them. If you want them less visible, a plastic surgeon or dermatologist can do laser, filler, or microsurgery. Several Hollywood male stars have kept their scars for "tough guy" roles, and depending on your self-concept, they may be a plus. ...Read more

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How can I cure acne vulgaris and acne scars. Precautions for acne?

How can I cure acne vulgaris and acne scars. Precautions for acne?

Scientific Rx: If you are male and still have acne while on benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin, your physician may try a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day. Or if this is deep / cystic / severe acne, it may be time to consider accutane. For the scars, a dermatologist can abrade, fill, operate and/or laser; your choice, but note the hollywood stars who keep their scars for character. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is dermabrasion for acne effective?

Is dermabrasion for acne effective?

No: May actually worsen acne, is only used for scars, and is rapidly being replaced by fractionated lasers, whichh also do not help acne. ...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


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more