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

38 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
21 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Joshua Fox
In general dermatologist has more modalities to treat this condition more effectively.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
12 doctors agree

In brief: A dermatologist

One's primary care doctor can refer to a dermatologist, who can examine the old scars to see what can be done.
Some techniques include chemical peels to smooth out tiny defects, dermabrasion to sand the skin to become more even, and injecting fillers into some spots. Different dermatologists may use different methods, so it is fine to get opinions from 2 dermatologists.

In brief: A dermatologist

One's primary care doctor can refer to a dermatologist, who can examine the old scars to see what can be done.
Some techniques include chemical peels to smooth out tiny defects, dermabrasion to sand the skin to become more even, and injecting fillers into some spots. Different dermatologists may use different methods, so it is fine to get opinions from 2 dermatologists.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Joshua Fox
The dermatologist should have lasers available.
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Either one

Either one.

In brief: Either one

Either one.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Michael Blum
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Dermatologist

If the patient has not seen a dermatologist, that is my first choice.
That medical specialty has a lot of tricks up their sleeves to help work magic on the skin. If good medication and treatment does not help, most dermatologists have a great relationship with the appropriate skin or facial plastic surgeons in their community.

In brief: Dermatologist

If the patient has not seen a dermatologist, that is my first choice.
That medical specialty has a lot of tricks up their sleeves to help work magic on the skin. If good medication and treatment does not help, most dermatologists have a great relationship with the appropriate skin or facial plastic surgeons in their community.
Dr. Michael Blum
Dr. Michael Blum
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Dr. Joshua Fox
Ideally it should be dermatologist who also has lasers available.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Plastic surgeon

Ps likely to have more options and skills but I am biased...

In brief: Plastic surgeon

Ps likely to have more options and skills but I am biased...
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Either

Both are certified to treat acne scars.
Find a specialist who performs this routinely.

In brief: Either

Both are certified to treat acne scars.
Find a specialist who performs this routinely.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Seek Experience

An experienced facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist can give you good results.
Techniques for addressing severe acne scarring may be simple, or more involved depending on the depth and severity of the scarring. There are many options like peels, laser treatments, dermabrasion, etc. The best choice depends on your situation. Seek a doctor with experience.

In brief: Seek Experience

An experienced facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist can give you good results.
Techniques for addressing severe acne scarring may be simple, or more involved depending on the depth and severity of the scarring. There are many options like peels, laser treatments, dermabrasion, etc. The best choice depends on your situation. Seek a doctor with experience.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Steven Harris
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Improve not remove

Here, the experience of the individual physician is much more important than the specialty.
There are plastic surgeons who never treat acne scars and there are dermatologists who never treat acne scars. Ask frankly before the appointment if this is an area of interest and expertise for the physician. Very severe scarring is probably best treated by a plastic surgeon. Complete removal is impossible.

In brief: Improve not remove

Here, the experience of the individual physician is much more important than the specialty.
There are plastic surgeons who never treat acne scars and there are dermatologists who never treat acne scars. Ask frankly before the appointment if this is an area of interest and expertise for the physician. Very severe scarring is probably best treated by a plastic surgeon. Complete removal is impossible.
Dr. Steven Harris
Dr. Steven Harris
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Either

Go to someone who is trained in surgical and laser procedures to treat acne.
Ask to see before and after photos.

In brief: Either

Go to someone who is trained in surgical and laser procedures to treat acne.
Ask to see before and after photos.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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