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Should I go to a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist for removing acne scars?

Should I go to a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist for removing acne scars?

Both are good!: Your could ask for referrals within both groups of doctors. A wise approach is to find a doctor with the most experience with this. Look for one who is a board-certified physician and accepts your insurance if possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne 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 face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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Need consult with plastic surgeon in chicago il for acne scars?

Need consult with plastic surgeon in chicago il for acne scars?

PlasticSurgery.org: You can go to the american society of plastic surgeons' web site at www.Plasticsurgery.Org to find listings of board certified members in your area good luck. ...Read more

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Should i go to a cosmetic plastic surgeon, dermatolgist or esthetician for acne scar/hyperpigmentation. I would like laser produces or peels done.

Should i go to a cosmetic plastic surgeon,  dermatolgist or esthetician for acne scar/hyperpigmentation. I would like laser produces or peels done.

See a Specialist: You should see either a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon who specializes in acne scarring, cosmetic surgery and lasers. They would own many lasers and have many years of experience treating acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and other disorders. Chemical acid peels do not work as well as lasers but some doctors do not own any lasers and only offer chemical peels. But lasers cost more. ...Read more

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I have acne scars and don't know where to start with a dermatologist.

I have acne scars and don't know where to start with a dermatologist.

Evaluation: If you have your acne under control that's step one, speak to a dermatologist who is involved with laser resurfacing. This type of laser will remove several layers of skin down to the dermis and will allow for the healing to reduce the visability of your scars. The scars normally do not go away 100% but very good results can be accomplished. ...Read more

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I don't have money to see a dermatologist or insurance for my acne scars or acne troubled skin. What could I do?

I don't have money to see a dermatologist or insurance for my acne scars or acne troubled skin. What could I do?

See derm residency: You may want to look for a dermatolgy residency program, often asssociated with a university hospital. Here, the docs are in training and often accept patients without insurrance. The residents are not fully licensed dermatologists, but they are under supervision of one or more dermatologits in the program. Also, many docs will work with you on a payment plan etc...Good luck to you. ...Read more

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How can I make acne scars on my face go away without seeing the dermatologist?

How can I make acne scars on my face go away without seeing the dermatologist?

Scarring: Is tricky to treat. You need the help of a professional - either a plastic surgeon, or a dermatologist, for example. Don't try to mess around with home remedies! ...Read more

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I have acne scars on my face and pitted skin. My dermatologist recs derma roller?

I have acne scars on my face and pitted skin. My dermatologist recs derma roller?

Maybe.: For deeper pitted acne scars, you will need something with significant effectiveness is resurfacing the skin. This would be either dermabrasion, a surgical procedure requiring either local or general anesthesia; or co2 laser skin resurfacing, possibly more than once. The derma roller will have very minimal benefit for significant acne pit scars. ...Read more

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Dermatologist prescribed me retinac a nd benzylperoxide. Even after using them my pimples nd acne scars not reduced. Please prescribe me a good gel?

Dermatologist prescribed me retinac a nd benzylperoxide. Even after using them my pimples nd acne scars not reduced. Please prescribe me a good gel?

Active Acne vs Scars: Do you have active acne no as well? The benzoyl peroxide is a good place to start for acne, and especially combined with Retin-a (Tretinoin). The tretinoin will be long term to controll your acne and help you from having even worse acne scarring. Other combo agents can be used during flares, your derm can prescribe. To treat scars, microdermabrasion or fractional laser depending on severity. ...Read more

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Is there something I can ask my dermatologist to use for acne scars ?

Is there something I can ask my dermatologist to use for acne scars ?

Yes: There are many types of chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser that can treat acne scars. Discuss with him what are the best options for you. Happy New Year! ...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. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more