What type of treatment would be best for my Acne Scarring? (photos)

I have scarred pores on my nose, from blackheads. One prominent one at the tip of my nose, and other ones surrounding it. I also have scarred pores, or ice-pick scares on my cheeks. I'm not quite sure which type of scarring I have though. Would TCA Cross, or maybe Fractional CO2 Laser treatments provide me with any positive results? I am desperate for improvements.

Doctor Answers 2

Acne Scarring

There are many different modalities that we have used to treat acne scarring.  I have used fractional nonablative laser (Palomar ICON 1540 with XD and XF) which works very well, Picosure Focus Lens which has a very low downtime, Infini and Fractional CO2 laser.

I choose the treatment modality based on the patient's skin coloration, their level of downtime that they can accept and go from there.  With the nonablative treatments (1540, Picosure Focus), I typically will do 4-6 treatments.  With Infini, I typically do 2-4 treatments and with Fractional CO2, I do anywhere from 1-3 treatments.  Subscision prior to lasering also helps to augment the clinical response.



Huntersville Ophthalmologist
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Acne Scars on Face -- Lasers (Fraxel, Co2, Erbium), TCA Cross, Microneedling/PRP, Subcision, Fillers, Tattooing, Surg

Acne scars usually need a combination of treatments, including lasers and microneedling. Lasers will also retexture and smooth your skin. Please see an expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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