I'm 20 and I'm suffering from acne scars. How can I treat them? (Photo)

How can I reduce my acne scars...

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EMatrix vs Infini RF vs low density CO2

The rate limiting aspect of YOUR scar removal is your Ethnic skin type. Patients with darker skin are more prone towards PIH or prolonged skin darkening after laser. In your case, I would advice a series of INFINI RF micro needling treatments as my number one pick, followed by eMatrix at a high treatment level (60 mj or above per pin, 50% overlap).

CO2 can also be used, however density levels needs to be low. 

As with all fractional devices, several sessions are needed for the best outcomes. 

All the best, 
Dr Davin Lim 
Laser Dermatologist
Brisbane. 


Brisbane Dermatologist
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Ance Scars in Dark Skin and eMatrix

I have found that eMatrix is by far the best laser for this type of acne scars in dark skin.  It will take several treatments to improve your skin's appearance.  Please consult an expert.  Best, Dr. Green

Acne scarring in dark skin

Infini is very good for darker skin types. I suggest at least 3 treatments. Deeper scars can be filled with Bellafill. Please see my link.

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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