Can Chemical Peels Get Ride of Mild and Deep Acne Scars and Other Scars? (photo)

Can Chemical Peels Get Ride of Mild and Deep Acne Scars and Other Scars?

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Acne Scarring Treatment Options

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There are many techniques which can significantly improve acne scars including injectable fillers, chemical peeling, electrodessication, laser treatments, punch excision and dermabrasion.  There are also many different types of acne scars including broad-based (depressed), pitted, box-car and ice-pick. The treatments utilized depends on the skin type and type and severity of acne scars. Based on the picture, I think you would do very nicely with injectable fillers which will resolve most of your scars. In our practice we use liquid injectable silicone for acne scarring as it is very precise and permanent, giving patients excellent lasting results. 

Boca Raton Dermatologist
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Can Chemical Peels Get Ride of Mild and Deep Acne Scars and Other Scars?

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We offer the ViPeel for light chemical peeling for active acne, a series of three peels a month apart is very effective.  For deeper acne pitting we recommend full face laser resurfacing. 

Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

Fillers help smooth out Acne Scars

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Soft tissue fillers or fat grafting is a good option for moderate or deeply pitted acne scars. Dermabrasion can be used as well with some success, but the down time for recovery is longer and more painful. Peels will not help.

Sarah E. Hagarty
Rockford Plastic Surgeon

Options for acne scarring of the face

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Your degree of acne scarring and pitting would be difficult to improve by using only chemical peels.  After an evaluation there may be multiple procedures that may give you some improvement this could include dermabrasion, selective use of TCA, excision of deep scars and laser resurfacing.  A consultation with a plastic surgeon is needed to review your options.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Complex problem with no single solution.

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You do have significant acne scars.  Chemical peels and for that matter laser resurfacing has been relatively unsatisfactory in improving these types of situations.  Your face is even more complicated because the treatments often remove natural pigmentation from the skin.  Dermabrasion is actually one of the better means of helping scars like yours but for technical reasons, it is hard to find surgeons and dermatologist who still practice this treatment.  Derma sanding is also sometimes used in a similar way.  In my practice, we often fill scars with HA fillers.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

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