How do I get rid of these acne scars? (Photo)

I have had very mild to moderate acne now and then for a couple of years. My skin is clearing up but I have a lot of these small, red spots left on my face. Which treatment is best for this kind of scarring?

Doctor Answers 7

Micro needling followed by Vascular laser.

Acne scar revision is a specialised field. For the best results, one should target the acne scar type with ideal treatments. For example deep ice pick scars, and narrow box car scars can be treated with TCA CROSS peels, mixed scars, rolling, and atrophic scars treated with fractional devices such as Fraxel, fractional lasers, and INFINI radiofrequency. Atrophic scars (depressions) can be treated with either fat grafts, or with HA dermal fillers. Tethered and anchored scars are best treated with surgery.

The majority of patients will have a collection of different scar types, and hence a tailored treatment METHOD will be best. Careful examination, especially under angled lighting with scar mapping will give you an understanding of what are the best options for your scars.
All the best,
Dr Davin Lim
Laser, surgical & aesthetic dermatologist
Brisbane, Australia



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Acne Scarring -- Requires a Combination of Fractional Laser Resurfacing, Fillers Like Bellafill, Subcision and Eclipse Micropen

Acne scarring requires a combination approach with fillers, lasers, mcironeedling/PRP.  Please see an expert for treatment.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
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Red Acne Scar removal

Hi Lill. If you are concerned most with the redness and you are not getting much active acne, then our suggestion would be an exfoliating product like Glycolic acid or Retin A combined with pulsed dye laser treatments such as the V-Beam or V-Star.  

Alternatively, if you are looking for improvements in the texture of the skin, we would offer fractional laser resurfacing.  

To see an example of a patient with very dramatic red scars before and photos, click on the link below.

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