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What's the Best Treatment for Atrophic Scars?

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Treatment for atrophic scar

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Atrophic scars are usually thinner in depth, depressed and crater form.  Fillers such as hyaluronic acid raise them to surface level and last 1 year; silicone, which is permentant is very effective if injected by the microdroplet technique.  Combined with fractional CO2 laser resufacing improvement can be in the 60-70% range.


Miami Dermatologist

Best treatment for atrophic scars

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The best treatment for atrophic scars is subcision, fillers (hyaluronic acid like Restylane, Perlane and Juvéderm) used in conjunction with a fractionated CO2 laser to tighten the skin.  The subcision stimulates collagen and will lift the depression.  For those that have darker skin types I recommend the dermaroller because it won’t cause discoloration of the skin and will still create new collagen.
 

Timothy Jochen, MD
Palm Springs Dermatologic Surgeon
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There are several treatments for atrophic scars

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It really depends on the actual type of scar.  Most acne scars are classified as ice pick, box car, or rolling scars.  Some scars can also be simply lighter in color (hypopigmented) or darker (hyperpigmented).  For rolling scars (ones that look normal if you stretch the skin) you can have a filler substance such as Restylane injected to fill them out.  That is a quick treatment with very little downtime.  A surgical treatment, such as Subcision, can also be used to release the tethering bands of collagen that are pulling the skin down.  Check with a dermatologic surgeon to see which treatment is right for your type of scar.  Best to you.

Carolyn Jacob, MD
Chicago Dermatologic Surgeon
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Atrophic sunken scar treatment

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The best treatment for any scar depends on several factors. If these are acne scars, classification of the scars will help direct therapy. I think in terms of a Palette of Therapies, including liquid injectable silicone, CROSS technique, punch excision, subcision, punch lifting, primary excision with closure, fractional CO2 resurfacing, chemical peels and more.

Barry Resnik, MD
Miami Dermatologist
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