How long would rolling scars, box scars and acne scars take to fade away without lasering or microdermabrasion?

I took accutane about a year ago and had a rare breakout with major swelling and cystic acne. My derm took me off accutane and its a year later and im left with embarrassing acne scars, please respond i really need the guidance im 18 also.

Doctor Answers 1

Acne scars and expectations

Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, atrophic scarring, such as rolling, boxcar, or ice pick scars, will not eventually fade away on its own. Scarring is permanent but treatment options that injure the skin with subsequent collagen formation such as fractionated lasers, dermroller, resurfacing lasers, deep chemical peels, etc. may help improve your scarring and color of your skin. The right modality for you depends on your skin type, expectations, patience, downtime, and cost. I highly recommend you consult with a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to discuss treatment options that best suit your needs. Take care and good luck.


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