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When is surgery used for acne scarring?

When is surgery used for acne scarring?

Varies: Depends more if you are bothered by the scarring. Redness after acne is not scarring. Scarring on the face are depressions, and rarely elevated areas. Once the acne is under control, laser can be an effective method for improving the scars. ...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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When is laser surgery used for acne scarring?

Inactive acne: When the acne is under control, depressed facial scars or raised back scars are very responsive to fractionated laser. The healing is fast and predictable. Repeat sessions increase improvement. ...Read more

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Is there acne scar surgery?

Is there acne scar surgery?

Yes, for improvement: Scar excision, subcision, fillers/fat grafting, tca cross, dermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels are options for acne scars. These options have various ranges of improvement. For best results, it is better to get the skin surface relatively smooth before using the skin resurfacing procedures. If acne scars are depressed, skin resurfacing may improve the texture, but not the flatness. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get surgery for acne scars?

Is it possible to get surgery for acne scars?

Yes: Type of scarring will dictate your best treatment options. Sometimes fillers, fat grafting, surgical excision or sanding of the sites are chosen. Occasionally use of laser resurfacing and chemical peels (medium to deep) are recommended. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the most successfull type of surgery for acne & scars ?

Please help! what is the most successfull type of surgery for acne & scars ?

Excision: It all depends on the scar, but excising (surgically removing) the scar can be one of the more succesful treatments for severe scars. ...Read more

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Hello docs, is 17 young enough to have acne scar surgery?

Hello docs, is 17 young enough to have acne scar surgery?

Young enough?: I'm really sorry you ended up with acne scars. It must have been severe, and it should have been managed like any other serious, chronic disease. You're basically grown-up now, and you need to be under the care of a competent physician for acne until it self-cures. Once it's managed, surgery for the scars is your choice. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is there an effective acne scar removal surgery?

Is there an effective acne scar removal surgery?

DIfferent techniques: Are available. Depending on the location, depth, and size of the scar your facial plastic surgeon may recommend different treatment options. Laser treatments or peels can help for more superficial scars. Ice pick type scars can be helped by excision and follow up treatments like dermabrasion. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of my acne scars without surgery?

How do I get rid of my acne scars without surgery?

No Magic: Unfortunately scars are permanent. With that said we can do things to make them less noticeable. First any active components should be treated medically. Then deep pock marks can be punch excised and finally the skin can be smoothed some with dermabrasion, chemical peels or laser resurfacing. Expect a noticeable improvement but not a miracle and you will be happy. ...Read more

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How old should you be to have laser surgery for acne scars?

How old should you be to have laser surgery for acne scars?

Age isn't main issue: Generally ablative laser treatments that remove tissue are recommended after active acne breakouts have stopped. This often doesn't occur until late teen years or after (parental consent may be required). Ablative laser treatments should be delayed for at least one year after Accutane use. A variety of other laser/light treatments for active acne can help control breakouts and reduce scarring. ...Read more

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How old do you have to be to have laser surgery for removing your acne scars?

How old do you have to be to have laser surgery for removing your acne scars?

When breakouts stop: First lasers do not remove scars, acne or otherwise. Treat for acne scarring can be done when the break out have stopped. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...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