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Acne Scars Diagnosis And Treatment Options


Acne Scars Diagnosis And Treatment Options | Palm Harbor | ClearwaterA consultation is the foundation of a safe and effective treatment for acne scars. At the time of the consultation, a dermatologist will evaluate the patient’s skin, paying close attention to their scars. 

Dermatologists at the Palm Harbor Dermatology Cancer and Laser Surgery Center provide safe and proven skin care treatments to patients in Palm Harbor, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Brandon, Tampa, Spring Hill, Riverview, Florida, and surrounding communities. 

How do dermatologists treat acne scars?

In case the patient and dermatologist are in agreement that treatment is appropriate for them, the dermatologist will develop a customized treatment plan to address the patient’s needs. In developing this plan, the dermatologist will consider various aspects, including scar types and where the scars develop on the body. 

In case the patient has undergone isotretinoin treatment for acne previously, they should certainly inform the dermatologist BEFORE the acne scar treatment starts. 

For the best outcomes, the dermatologist may recommend more than one treatment.

Depressed Acne Scars: Many Effective Treatments

The most effective outcomes usually result from a combination of two or more treatments. Dermatologists may use the following treatments to correct depressed acne scars:

Acne Scar Surgery 

This sounds more frightening than it actually is. Dermatologists usually undertake this minor procedure to treat very visible acne scars. The objective is to develop a less-visible scar. The remaining scar should soften over time.

In acne scar surgery, a dermatologist may lift the scar. A scar becomes less noticeable upon bringing it to the skin’s surface. Another acne scar surgery technique involves disintegrating scar tissue. 

A dermatologist or dermatologic surgeon can undertake acne scar surgery safely in a medical office. Patients remain conscious but numb so that they do not experience any pain. 

Resurfacing Procedures 

When a patient seeks to soften the appearance of extensive acne scarring, a dermatologist may recommend a resurfacing procedure. Resurfacing eliminates layers of skin, enabling the body to develop new skin cells.

For the treatment of depressed acne scars, dermatologists use the following resurfacing procedures:

  • Chemical peeling
  • Laser skin resurfacing
  • Dermabrasion 
  • Microdermabrasion (differs from kits purchased for at-home use)

Resurfacing is an effective procedure for the treatment of acne scars that are nearly flat and not too deep. Even dermabrasion, which is a procedure that removes the uppermost skin layers and some middle layers, cannot successfully treat deep acne scars.

Raised acne scars: treatment can ease pain, diminish scars

A dermatologist may use the following treatments to address raised acne scars:


The dermatologist may recommend injecting drugs directly into the scars. This can soften and flatten elevated, thick scars. 

The best outcomes often necessitate multiple visits. These injections are typically administered once every few weeks. The frequency of the injections will depend on the scar as well as various other considerations. The patient may need to return once every two to six weeks for some time. 

Corticosteroids injections are administered to many patients. A chemotherapy drug called fluorouracil (5-FU) can also effectively treated raised acne scars. Certain scars respond effectively when injections of both 5-FU and corticosteroids are administered. 

Interferon drug may also be effective as our bodies naturally generate interferon. If the scar is unresponsive (or stops responding) after the patient receives the fourth injection, the dermatologist may recommend acne scar surgery. 

Dermatologists at the Palm Harbor Dermatology Cancer and Laser Surgery Center receive patients from Palm Harbor, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Brandon, Tampa, Spring Hill, Riverview, Florida, and nearby areas for advanced and innovative skin care solutions.

PH Dermatology Cancer & Laser Surgery Center, led by board certified dermatologists, provides advanced dermatology treatments to patients in Palm Harbor, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Brandon, Riverview, Spring Hill, Florida and surrounding communities. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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