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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


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Topical treatment for acne scars?

Topical treatment for acne scars?

Fading creams: The gold standard for lightening dark marks is hydroquinone. You can purchase fading creams that contain 2-3% hydroquinone without a prescription (ambi, atra, porcelana, nadinola, to name a few). You should also be careful to protect your skin with sunscreen, as sun will make dark marks darker. Stronger prescription fading creams and chemical peels exist. Pitted scars require laser resurfacing. ...Read more

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Are there any laser treatments for acne marks or pitted scars?

Are there any laser treatments for acne marks or pitted scars?

Yes: There are a variety of options if you wish to be rid of acne scars; lasers are one choice. There's also the option of keeping them, as some of hollywood's stars have done. It's your body and your decision. ...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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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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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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Is there any laser treatment for acne scars?

Is there any laser treatment for acne scars?

Many: There are many lasers: noninvasive and invasive. Noninvasive lasers help with discolorations (ipl, ktp, nd:yag, alex, ruby, pulsed dye, diode) or collagen remodeling (thermage, titan). Invasive lasers include co2, fractional co2 (activefx, deepfx, totalfx, repair), erbium, fraxel, ematrix. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for acne scars?

What are some treatments for acne scars?

So many possible: Choices: chem peel laser abrasion fillers fraxel pixel excision face lift dermabrasion. ...Read more

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Are chemical peel effective for acne scars?

Not really: Acne scars are usually too deep for chemical peels to have much effect. They are better treated with fraxel lasers or dermabrasion. For isolated scars, surgical revision or fillers may be appropriate. ...Read more

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What are treatment options for acne scars?

What are treatment options for acne scars?

Acne Scar Treatment: There are a number of options for acne scars depending on their size, shape, depth, and skin type. Laser resurfacing, usually fractional, may help improve the texture of the skin but may require multiple treatments. If there is deep scarring, the scars can be excised or cut out. Subcision, releasing the scar underneath the skin, along with fillers or fat can also improve the skin texture. ...Read more

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What are some good treatments for acne scars?

What are some good treatments for acne scars?

Retinoids: Any Retin-A type product will improve texture of the skin; but they will not help with deeper (ice-pick or rolling) scars. There are several methods available: series of chemical peels (glycolic, tca) as well as laser. There is an excellent laser call fraxel dual which works great on scars. Its a long process, however, and several treatments are required. ...Read more

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Acne scars cure..Natural or laser treatment?

Acne is complex: The cause of acne is elusive and so is the treatment. I am not aware of any natural cures other than avoiding food which may precipitate an attack. Lasers are not typically used for active disease but more for scarring. "ilght therapy" may be effective and so is pdt with ala. ...Read more

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Can tretinoin used for acne scars and marks?

Can tretinoin used for acne scars and marks?

Not for scars: I'm glad to see that your acne is finally being treated appropriately and am sorry you ended up with scars because of treatment delay. When your acne self-cures, as it will eventually, if you want the scars less visible then a dermatologist or plastic surgeon can use fillers, microsurgery, or a laser. Thanks for writing. ...Read more

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Best removal method for pitted acne scars?

Best removal method for pitted acne scars?

Acne scar revision: There are many therapies used in acne scar revision, and none is the best. Your scars will be evaluated and classified. A unified approach with multiple therapies will be outlined. Improvement, not perfection, is the goal. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for old acne scars on face?

Is there any treatment for old acne scars on face?

See below: You may see a cosmetic dermatologist. Consult this site for information on this topic: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/features/acne-scars#1 Please note that scars do fade with time. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What are some effective treatments for acne scarring?

What are some effective treatments for acne scarring?

High-tech: For the depressed scars, microsurgery, laser and fillers are all helpful. Some male hollywood leads have kept their scars for the "tough guy" look. I'm sorry your acne was neglected. You do have a choice. ...Read more

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

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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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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


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more