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Are chemical peel effective for acne scars?

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Dr. Christopher Hove
Facial Plastic Surgery
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In brief: Chemical peels

In short, yes. But that all depends on the depth of the scars, and the type/strength of chemical.
Very deep scars are sometimes best treated by excising them first, then resurfacing. Extensive scarring may require repeat treatments, but sometimes a co2 laser or dermabrasion (not to be confused with microdermabrasion) is more effective. This depends greatly on the surgeon's skill.

In brief: Chemical peels

In short, yes. But that all depends on the depth of the scars, and the type/strength of chemical.
Very deep scars are sometimes best treated by excising them first, then resurfacing. Extensive scarring may require repeat treatments, but sometimes a co2 laser or dermabrasion (not to be confused with microdermabrasion) is more effective. This depends greatly on the surgeon's skill.
Dr. Christopher Hove
Dr. Christopher Hove
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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Maybe

A series of chemical peels can be very effective for acne scars it they are not extensive or deep.
It is best to consult with an experienced facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist who can discuss best options individualized to you.

In brief: Maybe

A series of chemical peels can be very effective for acne scars it they are not extensive or deep.
It is best to consult with an experienced facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist who can discuss best options individualized to you.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
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