How much can we improve these scars, and with what methods? (Photo)

I am near the end of my third month on accutane. I have some pretty obvious and ugly scarring on my cheeks and chin. They look like small divots mixed with ice pick scars. I just wan't them gone. How can we make that happen? Can that happen? I have to wait 3 more months until I have finished my accutane cycle, and then another 6 months until I can attempt to have these scars corrected. I am not interested in temporary fixes like fillers. I am looking for permanent results.

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How much can we improve these scars, and with what methods

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Thank you for your question. Excisional removal of the deep scar, lasers,chemical peels, fillers, and dermabrasion are all good options.  Best wishes.  

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

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You need a cosmetic dermatologist who specializes in acne scarring/pigmentation and does a combination of treatments including: surgery, subcision, or TCA cross for deep or pitted "ice pick" scars; fillers like Bellafill or Sculptra or Radiesse for broad "boxcar" or "rolling" scars; Eclipse Micropen for all types of scars and improvement in texture and tone; lasers such as co2 laser resurfacing or Fraxel/Clear+Brilliant or radiofrequency such as Sublative or Viva to improve the scars and give long term collagen production. There are many options but you want someone who can customize a regimen for your short and long term goals based on your individual situation. Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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