Acne Scar Removal for Sensitive Skin?

I have sensitive skin and get red sometimes especially after shower. Recently, I just got a small acne scar from a huge pimple that I had. What are my treatment options? One esthetitican told me that I should try Microdermabrasion? Is that the best option for someone who has sensitive skin?

Doctor Answers 2

Microdermabrasion poor choice for acne scars

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I would allow time to heal and if scar is still present would take action. However, microdermabrasion would not be the action I would take.

If the scar is amenable, I would try a filler. When Evolence Breeze is approved this might be the ideal filler. It is a long-lastilng collagen filler. Otherwise, the hyaluronic acid fillers would be acceptable. Fillers last longer for scars than when they are placed for wrinklles or lines.

If fillers are not helpful, a punch excision with or without Fraxel ReStore should be attempted.

Virginia Beach Dermatologist

Acne scar will take alot more than just microdermabrasion

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It will take at least 12-20 microdermbrasions before you can perceive any significant improvement for your acne scar. If the scar is small and filler injection is unsatisfactory, another viable option would include small punch excision followed by TCA chemical peel or fractional CO2 laser resurfacing 6-8 weeks afterwards. If you are looking for a scar revisional procedure without downtime with better efficacy result than microdermabrasion, you should look into Spectra laser by Lutronic.

William Ting, MD
Bay Area Dermatologic Surgeon
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