Can cosmetic procedures help treat acne scars?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

If you are considering a cosmetic procedure or treatment, you should consult a dermatologist about which one is right for you. Cosmetic procedures similar to those used to treat wrinkles can be used to minimize acne scars and pockmarks. They include laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, soft-tissue fillers, phototherapy light therapy, and radiotherapy.

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Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

In general, there are certain procedures that have been used in the past for treating acne scars including microdermabrasion as well chemical peeling.  Retin A in the past has been used.  However, Accutane has been very successful with the dermatologists in reducing cystic acne which may also greatly reduce further acne scarring.  Seeking a board-certified dermatologist will help to evaluate your acne scars and determine the best elective procedure.

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