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Does plastic surgery or facial reconstruction get rid the scarring from acne breakouts?
15 doctors weighed in

Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Skin resurfacing, facial tightening, and fillers can be used to treat acne scarring alone or in combination.

In brief: Yes
Skin resurfacing, facial tightening, and fillers can be used to treat acne scarring alone or in combination.
Dr. David Sherris
Dr. David Sherris
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Depends on the scarring.
best bet: see a facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist for advice.

In brief: Depends
Depends on the scarring.
best bet: see a facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist for advice.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. James Shire
Facial Plastic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes and no.
Acne scars are like any scar, once you have a scar you have it forever. What will try to do is to change the scar to be less visible and look better. There are 2 type of acne scars (ice pick and dish) and are treated differently.
Treatments include fillers, resurfacing, or punch excisions. Your can improve the scars but not get rid of them.

In brief: Yes and no.
Acne scars are like any scar, once you have a scar you have it forever. What will try to do is to change the scar to be less visible and look better. There are 2 type of acne scars (ice pick and dish) and are treated differently.
Treatments include fillers, resurfacing, or punch excisions. Your can improve the scars but not get rid of them.
Dr. James Shire
Dr. James Shire
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Dr. Reza Jarrahy
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes in some cases
Depending upon how severe the scars are some surgical methods may be effective for improving the appearance.
As well some laser resurfacing techniques recently have been shown to be particularly good at improving the appearance of acne scars.

In brief: Yes in some cases
Depending upon how severe the scars are some surgical methods may be effective for improving the appearance.
As well some laser resurfacing techniques recently have been shown to be particularly good at improving the appearance of acne scars.
Dr. Reza Jarrahy
Dr. Reza Jarrahy
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Laser abrasion
Several options are available, but the most effective, in my experience, is laser abrasion, which smoothes out the edges of the scars to make them less visible.
Find a dermatologist who has done lots and lots of them; you don't want a beginner doing this procedure.

In brief: Laser abrasion
Several options are available, but the most effective, in my experience, is laser abrasion, which smoothes out the edges of the scars to make them less visible.
Find a dermatologist who has done lots and lots of them; you don't want a beginner doing this procedure.
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dr. Joseph Eastern
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Dr. Jason Lichten
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Options exist
Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon or dematologist to evaluate your personal options.
This may include lasers, chemical peels, dermabrasion or prescription skin care. There are many options and you need a regimen tailored to your specific situation and expected results.

In brief: Options exist
Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon or dematologist to evaluate your personal options.
This may include lasers, chemical peels, dermabrasion or prescription skin care. There are many options and you need a regimen tailored to your specific situation and expected results.
Dr. Jason Lichten
Dr. Jason Lichten
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Dr. Donald Yoo
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Can improve it
A combination of resurfacing with fractionated co2 lasers, volumizing depressed scars with sculptra or other facial fillers, and direct excision of deeply pitted scars will greatly improve the appearance of acne scars.

In brief: Can improve it
A combination of resurfacing with fractionated co2 lasers, volumizing depressed scars with sculptra or other facial fillers, and direct excision of deeply pitted scars will greatly improve the appearance of acne scars.
Dr. Donald Yoo
Dr. Donald Yoo
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