At the Knight Dermatology Institute,
we are frequently asked if anything
can be done for old acne scars.
This condition, a result of previous
nodular/cystic acne, is emotionally
taxing for many patients. Fortunately,
we do have several weapons in
the fight against this disfiguring
condition. Modern acne scar treatment
options include laser treatments,
peels, and surgical treatments
such as subcision, punch grafting,
CROSS therapy, and formal excision.
Laser surgery is one of the most
successful means of treating acne
scars. The fractional CO2 laser
FX) is the latest device used
to treat this condition, and the
results are often stunning. We
are seeing results far superior
to those seen with older devices
(such as Fraxel, CoolTouch, Smoothbeam,
Our Pulse Dye laser (Candela
VBeam) is also effective in
treating some forms of acne scarring,
especially if there is a red or
vascular component to the lesions.
When combined with Aminolevulinic
Acid (called photodynamic
therapy), the Pulse Dye laser
also shows good results in patients
who still have active acne breakouts.
Studies show that this procedure
can reduce the size of oil glands,
helping to eliminate both scars
and active acne lesions.
for Removal of Acne Scars
Microdermabrasion works by exfoliating
the superficial layers of skin.
This process works well with more
recent scars and generally takes
several treatments to see results.
peels cause the outer layer
of the skin to peel, revealing
newer, smoother skin. Peels can
be superficial, medium, or deep
depending on the level of scarring
and the desired result.