Acne Scar Treatments For Your Skin2023-07-06T00:33:46-07:00


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Many people try to treat their acne scars through home remedies. It does not yield specific benefits rather wrong home remedies can even further destroy the texture of the skin. Our top acne scar dermatologists in Beverly Hills, California strictly suggest that our patients stay away from trying any kind of home remedies before talking to us.

Visiting our scar removal laser clinic in California is far wiser than doing varied kinds of experiments on your skin. Using a variety of techniques might make your scar look more intense. Get the professional medical help of the best team for your scar treatment. Let us check out the some of the treatments provided here at Scar Healing Institute.

Our Proprietary Acne Scar Treatments

Meet The Acne Scar Phase-Out System

Our proprietary phase system is specifically designed to attack acne scars from all angles: chemical reconstruction from the top-down and physical reconstruction from the bottom-up and from the side. We pride ourselves in our meticulous, personalized, and longitudinal approach to treating your scars.

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Acne Skin Treatments & Procedures

While our proprietary phase system is highly customizable and flexible for patients, we recognize that patients may benefit from other procedures as well. Explore these treatment options below and see if they may be right for you!

Scar Healing

Scar Healing begins at the start of when you decide your skin needs to start the repair process

Scar Management

Start the post-procedural process of managing your skincare regimen with us and watch the healing continue

Advanced Skincare

Find out about one of our many advanced skincare procedures to help alleviate any type of skin issues

Punch Excision

A quick and painless procedure to completely remove your scars with minimal downtime.

Laser Treatment

A personalized chemical formulation to melt your scars and rejuvenate healthy skin.

Steroid Injections

Steroid and/or peptide injections to calm your active acne before starting scar treatment.

Acne Scars & Their Treatments

Scar marks on your skin due to acne can be depressing. These scars often times remain visible even after your scar is long gone, which can be devastating for you and your mental health. Scars being visible on your skin can also affect your daily confidence.

Acne is caused among individuals due to a variety of reasons. It can be a change in location, hormonal conditions, climate change, dietary issues, and others. For many acne happen pretty frequently, leaving a lot of marks on their skin and a huge impact on their life. Scar Healing Institute is a reputed acne scar treatment clinic in California that helps you to get rid of your trouble and flaunt your confident self, without holding back.

Acne scars can also be caused by the inflammation of acne blemishes. When the acne pore swells, a breakdown occurs in the walls of the pore. During this breakdown, sometimes the content of the blemishes spill into the nearby tissues, causing deep scars.

Some interesting facts about acne scar marks:

  • Around 80% of people between ages 11 and 30 are affected by acne scar marks.
  • Shockingly, 85% of all people live their life with acne, which negatively affects their confidence.
  • Acne outbreaks mostly occur on the face, shoulders, back, or chest.
  • More than 40% of people experience acne by their mid-teens, and further into adulthood.

Acne scars are tough and stubborn. Only the top dermatologists in California can prevent the scars to leave a mark on your life, with their acne scar treatment.

Offering the best scar removal treatment in California, Scar Healing Institute aims to help its patients to fight acne scars.

Do you still have troubles with your acne scars? Contact us and being your journey into healing.

Top Treatments for Acne Scars

Acne scars result from more severe forms of acne, notably cystic acne. People who pick or squeeze their acne can cause additional damage to their skin, which causes an even stronger inflammatory response. According to many studies, prolonged inflammation is linked to more extensive scarring. Therefore, it is important for patients to refrain from touching their blemishes to prevent further scarring down the line.

The three most common types of acne scars are ice pick, boxcar, and rolling scars. These scars have one thing in common: they all dip below the level of surrounding healthy skin due to the depletion of collagen. Because of this, with certain lighting, these dipped scars can cast noticeable shadows on the face and be aesthetically displeasing.

Acne Removal Treatment for Ice Pick Scars

Ice pick scars are the most difficult to treat acne scars. It is due to their depth of penetration and narrowness. At Scar Healing Institute, the best scar treatment center in California, your acne removal for ice pick scars is done by the experts. These scars often respond to treatments like phenol CROSS treatment and punch excision treatment.

CROSS “Chemical reconstruction of skin scars” is used for treating this scar. It is considered the best acne scar remodeling technique. Through this chemical peel for acne scars technique our best team of dermatologists in Beverly Hills, apply a high concentration of chemical or acid to the base of each of the acne scar tissues. The method is conducted with all precautions to leave the healthy tissue unaffected by the strong acid. Our CROSS-acne scar treatment is done through a specific formula mix, which is produced in our office.

Another method of treatment used for Ice Pick Acne Scars is Punch Excision. Through this process, our expert dermatologists in California, physically remove the scar tissue. The process involves the use of a “cookie-cutter” blade to “punch” the skin. The patients are treated after giving local anesthesia, followed by the punch excision for acne scars treatment done through a tool.

If your car is less than 3 millimeters, then punch excision is the ideal method of acne scar treatment for you.

Ice pick scars are characterized as narrow indentations in the skin that usually result from severe cystic or papular acne burrowing deep in the skin. Among the three, ice pick scars are the most severe due to their tiny diameter and depth of penetration. They often appear on the forehead, cheekbones, and nose.

Among the three, ice pick scars are the most difficult acne scar treatment because of their narrowness and depth of penetration. In general, we have found that ice pick scars respond well to phenol CROSS, our frontline treatment method. However, patients with more severe ice pick scars may benefit more from punch excision, a process in which a small “cookie-cutter” tool is used to punch out the ice pick scar. In this manner, we ensure that the scar is removed in its entirety, as opposed to other treatments that merely treat the surface.

Acne Removal Treatment for Boxcar Scars

Boxcar scars, being the most common acne scars, can be treated through a variety of procedures. Our expert dermatologists at Scar Healing Institute guarantees to help you get rid of your scars through a variety of treatment that is customized together for your skin. Subcision, punch excision, and collagen stimulators are the most effective boxcar scar treatments available on the market.

Subcision scar treatment is the process through which the dermatologists insert a hypodermic needle into your skin to manually tear apart the fibrotic strands that tether the scar tissue to the subdermal layer. The treatment is accomplished within a few hours, resulting in healthy and flawless skin for you to flaunt. The needle when inserted into the skin is moved side-by-side to release the scar tissue from the basement layer. It promotes collagen production which supports the underneath scarred areas.

Punch Excision is also helpful for acne removal for Boxcar scars. Patients with narrow or deep boxcar scars are the ideal candidates for this process. Using the punch technique, our dermatologists, provide their expert services to enhance the scar treatment. We recommend combining chemical peel treatment and subcision scar treatment with the punch excision to experience an amazing result.

Collagen Stimulators or Sculptra acne scar treatment enhances the overall treatment of your acne scar marks. At Scar Healing Institute, we provide collagen injections for acne scars that contain the chemical “poly L-lactic acid”. It is a compound required for enhancing the promotion of collagen production. Collagen scar removal is an effective collagen-stimulating treatment for the skin. As we gradually tend to lose collagen, wrinkling, sagging, and thinning of skin occurs. To restore the skin to its previous form, collagen production needs to be boosted in the skin.

Boxcar scars have sharp defined boundaries with more geometric indentations in the skin.Boxcar scars result from collagen depletion caused by acne breakouts, leaving a visible depression behind on the skin. Boxcars are typically shallower and wider than ice pick scars, and have vertical walls with an even, flat base.

Although boxcar scars can be treated with a variety of procedures, many of them, including laser, dermabrasion, and microneedling, work superficially and are ineffective for deeper scars.At our clinic, subcision, punch excision, and collagen stimulators are the most effective and long-lasting treatment options available. We will perform a thorough evaluation of each of your boxcar scars to customize your treatment plan.

Acne Removal Treatment for Rolling Scars

Scar Healing Institute, the top scar treatment clinic in California, provides the best treatment for rolling scars. It is often referred to as the softest among the different other scar types. The best acne healing treatment for rolling scars is subcision, followed by collagen stimulation.

Subcision acne scars treatment helps in breaking the fibrotic strands in the underneath layer. Through this treatment, the dermatologists help to ease the acne scar removal process for you. Subcision breaks the scar tissues in the superficial, or middle layer of the skin. It allows the scarred areas to lift to the normal skin level. Collagen stimulating injections at Scar Healing Institute are available at affordable costs, making them affordable for all patients.

Collagen stimulating treatments have proved to be effective for rolling scars. At Scar Healing Institute, we provide an unmatchable collagen stimulation therapy, we boost collagen production to help your skin restore its volume and elasticity. It gives you a youthful appearance, free from your acne scar marks. The procedure is painless and after the procedure, the patients are given ice to further reduce any pain that they feel or bring a halt to excessive bleeding.

Rolling scars develop when fibrous tissue tethers the epidermis to the underlying subcutaneous tissue, creating sloping and wave-like indentations in the skin. Rolling scars are shallow and soft depressions that become more noticeable when skin ages and loses its elasticity. Rolling scars can disappear over time but may require intervention depending on their severity.

Because rolling scars are the softest among the different scar types, they respond the best to subcision followed by collagen stimulation. We will perform a thorough evaluation of your rolling scars to assess their severity and depth to determine what layers will need to be subcised. It is important to manually sever the fibrotic tethers in multiple layers to completely remodel the skin. Any treatments that do not target these tethers will not solve the root cause of rolling scars.

More Treatments Available for Acne Scars

Here are some more treatments and details that you may need to know about Acne Scars and Acne Scar Removal.

CROSS Treatment

What is the CROSS Treatment?

A newer technique called “chemical reconstruction of skin scars” (CROSS) has risen in popularity as an effective treatment for atrophic scars. In this method, a high concentration of chemical or acid is focally applied to the base of each scar, rather than a lower concentration applied across the entire face. The meticulous application of acid causes local inflammation in scarred tissue, leading to the destruction of scar tissue and the formation of new collagen fibers. The scar tissue lifts back up towards the level of your normal healthy skin. More importantly, we only target the base of scar tissue, leaving healthy tissue unaffected by the strong acid.

Our CROSS treatment uses a specific formula specially mixed in our office. The main component, phenol, is a chemical compound that is highly effective at remodeling scar tissue. Phenol is a safer and effective alternative to other chemicals used in CROSS, such as TCA, which may cause widening or deepening of scars. Phenol has been shown in several outside studies to reliably penetrate deeper into the skin compared to other chemicals. We have further evaluated the effectiveness and safety after refining the application methods. As a result, our phenol mixture is able to travel deeper into the dermal layers and break down tougher scars. 

Typical Chemical Treatments

Typical chemical treatments used for atrophic and macular scars include the application of Jessner’s peel, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and enzyme peels. These peels are generally applied across your entire face at a low concentration to cause inflammation. This controlled inflammatory process weakens scar tissue that tethers the superficial layer of skin to the subdermal layers.

What is the recovery process for the CROSS Treatment?

The overall recovery process is painless. However, you can expect reddening of the skin and scab formation on top of your scars. Over the next 1-2 weeks, these scabs will fall off naturally and reddening will subside. In addition, try to avoid wetting the affected areas for the next 48 hours to allow the phenol to properly function.

Chemical peels may increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. As a result, part of the recovery process for CROSS treatment involves staying indoors and avoiding as much sunlight as possible for the next two weeks. If you must stay outside for prolonged periods of time, we recommend that patients apply sunscreen to their face and wear a hat.

Our CROSS treatment uses a specific formula specially mixed in our office. The main component, phenol, is a chemical compound that is highly effective at remodeling scar tissue. Phenol is a safer and effective alternative to other chemicals used in CROSS, such as TCA, which may cause widening or deepening of scars. Phenol has been shown in several outside studies to reliably penetrate deeper into the skin compared to other chemicals. We have further evaluated the effectiveness and safety after refining the application methods. As a result, our phenol mixture is able to travel deeper into the dermal layers and break down tougher scars. 

When do I start noticing results from the CROSS Treatment?

Although the recovery process takes only 1-2 weeks, reduced visibility of your scars can take up to several months to become noticeable. As you heal, we will assess the need for other treatments such as subcision and Sculptra, which work in conjunction with CROSS treatment to achieve your desired results.

Are there any side effects from the CROSS Treatment?

Rare complications of phenol include temporary cardiac arrhythmias, hyper- and hypopigmentation of the skin, as well as deepening of the scars. However, careful and minimal application of phenol minimizes the risks. During your consultation, we will go over the potential risks and benefits, as well as the actions we take to minimize all potential complications.

Collagen Stimulators

What are Collagen Stimulators?

Collagen stimulators are injectables that contain the chemical “poly-L-lactic acid”, a compound that promotes collagen production. This is an effective treatment for skin that has gradually lost collagen over time, which results in wrinkling, sagging, and thinning of the skin. This boost in collagen production restores the volume and elasticity in our skin, giving skin its youthful and full appearance. Because many types of scars are characterized by the local depletion of collagen around the scarred tissue, collagen stimulators are highly effective.

How do collagen stimulators work?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body and is the substance that holds the body together. For the skin, collagen provides a scaffold or framework for healthy skin to rest on, giving the appearance of a smooth surface. However, inflammation associated with active acne can result in dermal collagen and fat loss. As the body resolves active breakouts, collagen is no longer present to support the skin, which contributes to the appearance of atrophic or pitted scars.

Once scars are lifted with CROSS and subcision, collagen stimulators can be injected. By promoting the body’s own collagen production, the collagen that once supported the pitted areas are replenished. This leads to the maintenance of the lifted areas and prevents scars from lowering again.

The procedure itself is painless. The collagen stimulator comes in a vial that we will premix with an anesthetic to make the procedure comfortable for the patient. The patient will also be given ice before, during, and after the procedure to further reduce any pain or excessive bleeding.

When do I start noticing results after using collagen stimulators and how long do they last?

Upon treatment, your body requires several months to fully boost its collagen production and produce noticeable results. This is because our fibroblasts, our collagen-producing cells, need time to develop a physiological memory to continually produce more collagen. Moreover, patients will find that the additional natural collagen has longer lasting effects – up to 5 years – than synthetic filler injections that have immediate effects on appearance but only last 2 years. To maximize results, patients usually require several rounds of collagen stimulator injections.

Are there any side effects from collagen stimulators?

Immediately following treatment, patients may experience bruising, soreness, and swelling where the collagen stimulator was injected. This typically resolves within a week of treatment. In the meantime, facial massages, icing, and avoiding UV light from the sun are essential for recovery. During your consultation and procedure, we will inform you of detailed post care instructions that will help you achieve your desired results.

What is the cost of collagen stimulator injections?

The cost of treatment depends on the severity of the patient’s scars. Deep scars that cover multiple areas likely require more vials and rounds of collagen stimulators for patients to observe substantial results. 


What is Subcision?

Subcision is a process in which a hypodermic needle is inserted into the skin to manually break fibrotic strands that tether the scar tissue to the sub-dermal layer. Hypodermic needles of various sizes are used to mechanically break scar tissue residing in the superficial, middle, or deep layers.

How does Subcision work?

Subcision is an outpatient procedure that is usually accomplished within a few hours. A local anesthetic is injected to numb the treatment area. In addition, the patient is given an anti-anxiety medication to make them more comfortable during the procedure. In addition, a special tumescent anesthesia mixture is administered to further numb the area and also prevent excessive bleeding. During this time, a hypodermic needle is inserted into the skin and moved back-and-forth and side-to-side to untether the scar tissue from the underlying basement layer. This allows scarred areas to lift to the level of normal skin. This form of “controlled trauma” also stimulates collagen production, which provides support underneath the scarred areas.

Subcision can be performed in several layers: superficial-layer, mid-layer, and deep-layer. 

  • Superficial-layer subcision: the skin is infiltrated with a 25-gauge needle right below the epidermis. 
  • Mid-layer subcision: a blunt cannula (usually a 22-gauge cannula slightly larger in diameter than a 25-gauge needle) is used to penetrate deeper into the dermis. 
  • Deep-layer subcision, a special metal tool, called the Taylor Liberator, is inserted into the deepest parts of the dermis to separate the toughest scars from the underlying tissue. 

Since mid-layer and deep-layer subcision are more invasive than superficial-layer subcision, an “introducer”-needle is inserted into the skin to create a small opening for the cannula or Taylor Liberator to be inserted. 

How do I know which layers of my skin need to be subcised?

To determine how many layers of subcision need to be performed, we have to examine the depth and severity of your scars. Very mild cases will only need superficial-layer subcision, which only requires local anesthetic injections, whereas more severe cases will require superficial and mid-layer subcision or subcision in all three layers. For these patients, a tumescent anesthetic mixture will be administered.

Cannula Subcision

Cannula-based subcision is a more robust and safer alternative to needle-based subcision. In this technique, a 70-mm long 18-gauge cannula is inserted subdermally to break apart the fibrotic tethers. Cannulas present less risk to deep neurovasculature structures due to their blunt tips. Additionally, the length of the cannula enables subcision through a single perforation site as opposed to multiple entry points required of needle-based subcision. Cannula-based subcision can be combined with Taylor Liberator subcision to correct deeper atrophic scars.

Taylor Liberator Subcision

Deep-layer subcision typically uses a special surgical tool called the Taylor Liberator. The Taylor Liberator is a long, blunt instrument with notches at the end which facilitate the breaking of fibrous bands that tether the scars down. To perform deep-layer subcision, a small incision is first made near the hairline to insert the Taylor Liberator into the deepest layers of the dermis (the superficial subcutaneous plane). As the tool is moved back and forth, the deepest and robust scars are transected. Deep layer subcision using the Taylor Liberator is a highly effective technique that allows for complete untethering of fibrotic bands and long term results when performed correctly.

Which type of patients are suited for Taylor Liberator subcision?

Because scars can vary in depth, deep-layer subcision using the Taylor Liberator is generally most appropriate when patients have scars that are tethered to the deeper layers below the skin. Patients with boxcar scars or rolling scars typically benefit the most from deep-layer subcision.

What is the recovery process like for Taylor Liberator/deep layer subcision?

Swelling generally dissipates within the first 24 hours. After 48 hours, the face can be washed normally, and patients can generally return to work with little bruising. Because deep layer subcision with the Taylor Liberator is a more invasive technique, sensory disturbance may be observed. Any disturbances usually completely resolve within three months of the procedure.

What is the recovery process like for subcision?

The speed of recovery will depend on how many layers of subcision the patient received. Generally, more layers translates to a longer recovery time. Overall, however, during the initial 48 hours after the procedure, it is normal for patients to experience some swelling and soreness in the treatment areas. A stronger painkiller can be prescribed to make recovery more comfortable if OTC medications are insufficient.

Patients should also expect to observe scabbing at the sites where the hypodermic needles or cannulas were inserted. It is important that patients do not apply make-up or get the area wet for 48 hours and do not pick at the scabs as this can hinder the healing process. Additionally, applying lightening cream 72 hours after the procedure and completely avoiding UV exposure for 2-3 weeks are other required precautions enforced to avoid hyperpigmentation. Patients can expect a full recovery within 1-2 weeks.

When do I start noticing results after subcision?

Although the recovery process takes only 1-2 weeks, reduced visibility of scars will take several months to become fully noticeable as the body continues to heal. In the meantime, other procedures, notably Sculptra, can be performed. This can further enhance results in the months to come.

Is subcision an essential part of the Phase System?

Subcision is a vital component of our phases. Although patients can already expect reduced scarring from CROSS, chemicals in isolation may not fully untether the scar tissue and instead serve to weaken or partially damage it. On the other hand, using subcision alone may not be sufficient due to strong scar tissue being resistant to manual abrasion. Subcision and CROSS work synergistically to eradicate scar tissue and reduce the appearance of pitted areas.

Are there any side effects from subcision?

In very rare cases, infection, ruptured blood vessels, and hyperpigmentation can occur. Infections can be quickly resolved with antibiotics. Bruises caused by damage to blood vessels will usually resolve within a week. Lastly, temporary post inflammatory hyperpigmentation is known to be a risk to people of color. Usually this can be avoided by putting patients on a strict lightening cream regimen before and after the treatment. During your consultation, we will go over the potential risks and benefits, as well as the actions we take to minimize all potential complications.

What is the cost for subcision?

The cost of subcision is highly dependent on the number of areas and the depth of scar tissue. Deeper layers require more invasive techniques and thus will cost more. If some areas of your face are not as extensively scarred as others, we may combine multiple areas into one – for example, your two temples could be counted as one temple. During your consultation, we will discuss how many areas and layers should undergo subcision.

Laser Therapy

What is a Laser Treatment?

Lasers are high-energy beams that are directed at the skin to promote neocollagenesis and remove dead skin. Lasers can come in a variety of wavelengths and intensities, which correlate to their depth of penetration and remodeling effects.

What are the different kinds and uses for lasers?

At our clinic, we use the Fotona4D laser, which has both non-ablative (Nd:YAG) and ablative (Er:YAG) settings. Nd:YAG lasers emit shorter wavelengths of concentrated light, which allows them to penetrate deeper into the skin to target veins, hair follicles, and melanin, where they reside. On the other hand, Er: YAG lasers emit longer wavelengths of light, specifically infrared light, to ablate and thus remodel the top layers of skin. Er:YAG lasers are thus more applicable for scar treatment.

Are lasers effective for my acne scars?

Although visible improvement can be seen with ER:YAG laser treatment, lasers essentially “sands down” healthy skin around acne scars to match the level of the pitted scars. This allows a more even appearance. As a result, our firm belief is to avoid laser treatments as a first line treatment for acne scars. Instead, we believe that laser treatments are best used as a final “touch-up” treatment that smooths out your skin after your scar revision and healing during the phase system. This way, laser treatments can be used as an effective refining and enhancing treatment to fine tune your skin’s appearance to your desired goals.

Moreover, laser treatments can be effective for patients with non-acne scars, notably hypertrophic scars from burns, surgery, or other forms of trauma to the skin. In these cases, we would use a higher ablative Er:YAG setting to remodel the raised skin lesions to flatten them to the level of the surrounding healthy skin. However, in cases where the scar is severely raised and continually growing, as seen with keloid scars, lasers may not be the most viable treatment option. 

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What are the risks for laser treatment?

Although we use a mild setting for our laser, some risks include temporary redness, swelling, and irritation. In rare cases, infection may occur following treatment. All these risks are mitigated or entirely prevented with careful use and proper aftercare. For people of color, lasers can cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. As a countermeasure, patients should avoid UV exposure and apply generous amounts of sunscreen following treatment, especially during the spring and summer months.

How long do the results last for laser treatment?

Patients will start to notice results 3 to 6 months after treatment. Afterwards, the results will persist anywhere between 3 to 5 years. Some patients may need a touch-up during that time period for results to last longer.

What is the cost of laser treatment?

As this is an optional and very last phase of treatment for patients, most will only require one round of laser treatment, but this will vary for every patient. At your consultation and throughout the treatment process, we will discuss laser options depending on how much treatment is required to finalize your scar healing process.

PRP Therapy

What is PRP Therapy?

PRP therapy is a multi-step process that includes the following:

  1. Drawing blood from the patient’s arm vein.
  2. Centrifuging the blood to separate its components into layers, including red blood cells (RBC), platelet-poor plasma (PPP), and platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
  3. Collecting PRP and injecting it into scar tissue site.

Is PRP Therapy for me?

PRP therapy has been widely used in a variety of contexts for the last five decades. More recently, they have become especially popular for treating acne scars due to their aforementioned healing properties.

At our clinic, we do not regularly use PRP therapy for acne scar patients unless absolutely necessary. While PRP therapy can certainly improve their appearance, PRP therapy alone will not untether your acne scars from the underlying tissue. Because of this, your acne scars will still have a noticeably dipped appearance on your face, which our phase system seeks to totally remove. We highly recommend that our patients follow our phase system for treating acne scars before exploring PRP therapy options.

For scar types that are often more hypertrophic, such as keloid or surgical scars, PRP therapy may be a favorable treatment plan. We can combine PRP therapy with our other treatment options, including kenalog injections and laser resurfacing, to further minimize the appearance of your scars. It is best to discuss with our physicians to determine what is the best course of action for you.

What are the risks for PRP therapy?

PRP therapy is an autologous transplantation of your body’s own platelets. In other words, you are your own donor. Therefore, it is impossible for your body to have any kind of immunological response to these injections, as would be the case with allogeneic blood transplants from donors other than yourself.

PRP is also a very minimally invasive procedure, which is another reason it’s preferred over surgery for mild scar cases. If you are afraid of pain during the blood draw and injections, we can apply a local anesthetic to make the procedure more comfortable for you. There is an astronomically low risk that you will get an infection, which could be minimized further with antibiotics.

What is the recovery process like for PRP therapy?

PRP therapy is a very simple procedure consisting of a blood draw and few injections, so little to no downtime is needed. If pain is an issue after a PRP therapy session, we encourage you to use ice to soothe the injection areas and take OTC pain medications. In addition, we always recommend patients to stay out of the sun and avoid harsh scrubbing of the treatment area or using any skin products.

How long will I need to have PRP therapy?

The number of PRP therapy sessions required to see a noticeable difference in your scarring will depend on the severity and location of your scarring. Generally, it takes 3 to 4 weeks for the skin to rejuvenate and undergo neocollagenesis, at which point the patient will begin to notice a difference. However, multiple sessions are often required to maximize results. While some patients can see a difference after one round of PRP therapy, most patients need several rounds of PRP therapy. Again, we recommend going with our phase system to see optimal results and supplementing it with PRP therapy if needed. Most of our patients can improve significantly with our established system without PRP therapy. Further details should be discussed during your consultation with us.

What is the cost of PRP Therapy?

The cost of PRP therapy is based on a variety of factors, including the number and severity of the scars. During your consultation, we will determine these factors and work with you to determine how many sites require treatment.

Anti-Inflammatory Peptide Injections

What are anti-inflammatory peptide injections?

Anti-inflammatory peptides are injectables that are administered directly into active acne to reduce redness and swelling. Because these peptides are strong anti-inflammatory agents, they can also be used to treat both active acne breakouts and hypertrophic and keloid scars, all of which are inflammatory disorders of the skin.

How do peptides work?

Peptides can be mixed with other strong anti-inflammatory agents, such as steroids (or Kenalog). Together, these compounds stunt the body’s natural inflammatory response at the site of injection, effectively reducing redness and/or swelling. This flattens out the raised acne or scar lesions within 4 to 8 hours of treatment. Injections are performed with a very small needle, so no anesthetic or downtime is required.

Are peptides right for me?

People with more severe acne breakouts are the best candidates for peptide injections. Notably, people who have recurrent cystic or nodular acne (painful types of acne that burrow deep into the skin) can benefit most from these injections. 

The same process can be done for hypertrophic and keloid scars. These scars are chronically inflamed lesions that respond well to peptide injections. Because these injections are non-invasive, these are an excellent first-line therapy before surgical procedures are considered.

However, if you are a patient who has a peptide/steroid allergy, then other treatment options, such as manual acne extraction, should be explored. Patients with any active skin infection or disease should also avoid peptide injections until they have resolved their skin condition.

What are the risks for peptide injections?

Peptide injections are known to be a highly safe and effective treatment option for patients with active acne or hypertrophic scarring. In rare cases, patients receiving peptide injections may experience redness, irritation, pain, dryness, flaking, crusting, hypopigmentation, and/or local hair growth. These are often signs that your body is acclimating to the peptide treatment. We will cover the side effects and actions we take to minimize complications during your consultation.

How long will I need to have peptide injections?

Peptide injections work rapidly and can noticeably reduce inflammation within hours of receiving the injection. However, the overall number of peptide injections that you will need depends on how often you break out. Some patients have occasional acne breakouts and thus only receive peptide injections as needed. Other patients have recurrent acne breakouts, requiring regular peptide injections. At the Scar Healing Institute, we try to avoid giving you frequent peptide injections by placing you on a special diet with herbal supplements, which are proven to be effective in maintaining clear skin.

The number and concentration of peptide injections for hypertrophic scars will depend on their severity. We will have to evaluate your scars during your consultation before we determine the frequency and intervals for your peptide injections.

What is the cost of peptide injections?

The cost of peptide injections are based on a variety of factors, including the number and severity of the acne. During your consultation, we will determine these factors and work with you to determine how many sites require treatment.

The Cost of Acne Scar Treatments

What are the costs of Acne Scar Treatments at Scar Healing Institute?

The cost of acne scar treatment is dependent on a variety of factors, many of which will be determined at your first consultation. Factors include:

  • Depth and distribution of scarring
  • Type/Number of treatments required
  • Expectation of improvement

The Scar Healing Institute is the most popular scar revision clinic in California, specializing in acne scar treatment for Asian skin. At your initial consultation, our expert dermatologists will create a customized plan for your acne scar treatment, with all associated costs and trips required to get the results you are looking for.

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Follow-Up Treatments

For those who seek to boost their confidence by revising their scars, our team of top-rated terms in California, USA are ready to help you reach this goal.

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Our goal, however, goes beyond just treating your skin. We are committed to learning your story and helping you move on to the next chapter in your life.

F.A.Q. about Acne Scar Treatments

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions that will help you on this journey of healing your acne scars.

What is the cost of laser treatment?2024-06-09T00:41:34-07:00

As this is an optional and very last phase of treatment for patients, most will only require one to three rounds of laser treatment, but this will vary for every patient. At your consultation and throughout the treatment process, we will discuss laser options depending on how much treatment is required to finalize your scar healing process.

How long do the results last for laser treatment?2024-06-09T00:40:42-07:00

Patients will start to notice results 3 to 6 months after treatment. Afterwards, the results will persist anywhere between 3 to 5 years. Some patients may need a touch-up during that time period for results to last longer.

What is the process of laser scar removal?2024-06-09T00:40:08-07:00

Laser scar removal is a non-invasive procedure that uses light energy to either remove scar tissue or stimulate the production of collagen, resulting in smoother skin regeneration.

How many laser treatments does it take to remove scars?2024-06-09T00:39:49-07:00

It typically takes 4-6 sessions of laser scar treatment to see significant results, and it may take several months after the full round of treatment to achieve the desired outcome.

What is the best laser for scar removal?2024-06-09T00:39:22-07:00

The most effective laser for scar removal is the fractional erbium laser, as it has been shown to be highly effective in treating scars. Other options include Fotona Starwalker, Fraxel Re:Store Laser, Candela V-Beam Laser, and Lumenis Ultrapulse Encore for specific types of scarring. Ablative laser resurfacing with CO2 or Er:YAG lasers has also been effective for traumatic and surgical scars.

How painful is laser scar removal?2024-06-09T00:38:44-07:00

Laser scar removal can be slightly irritating during the treatment, with minimal pain similar to a rubber band snapping against your skin. After a few minutes, your skin becomes used to the pain and you don’t feel it anymore.

Can scars be removed by laser?2024-06-09T00:38:13-07:00

Yes, laser treatment can be effective in reducing the appearance of scars, but it cannot completely remove a scar. The type of laser used and the timing of the treatment are important factors for optimal results.

How long does subcision last?2024-06-09T00:34:21-07:00

You may have postoperative inflammation for up to 3 months after the procedure, so results will start to show at the 3 month mark. Collagen production will continue until the 12 month mark so it may take one year to see full results.

How risky is subcision?2024-06-09T00:33:37-07:00

Subcision, like any medical procedure, carries potential risks such as bruising and temporary swelling, which usually subside within a week or two.

How painful is subcision?2024-06-09T00:33:20-07:00

The topical anesthetic used during subcision will numb the area, making the procedure painless. However, some patients may experience slight bruising or swelling in the days following the treatment.

Is Subcision better than microneedling?2024-06-09T00:33:01-07:00

A combination of subcision and microneedling can give better results for different types of scars, as microneedling targets superficial boxcar scars while subcision targets rolling scars. Therefore, the choice between the two depends on the specific type of scarring.

Does Subcision really work?2024-06-09T00:32:45-07:00

Yes, subcision can effectively improve rolling and boxcar acne scars by lifting scars that have been tied down.

What is the recovery time for a chemical peel?2024-06-09T00:10:41-07:00

The recovery time for a chemical peel varies based on the depth of the peel, but peeling usually occurs within 7 to 10 days.

How many chemical peels are required to see results?2024-06-09T00:10:15-07:00

You will typically need one to four sessions of chemical peels to effectively treat acne scars.

Can chemical peels treat cystic acne?2024-06-09T00:10:00-07:00

Yes, chemical peels can effectively aid in treating cystic acne by promoting exfoliation and addressing the root causes of this severe acne type.

Is a chemical peel better than laser for scars?2024-06-09T00:09:45-07:00

The results vary on the type of chemical peels used and the type of scarring you have. Deep chemical peels such as CROSS are used as part of our Phase System treatment.

Will chemical peels remove scars?2024-06-09T00:09:30-07:00

While chemical peels can help reduce the appearance of acne scars, they cannot remove scars altogether. It’s important to manage expectations as no cosmetic treatment can completely eliminate scars.

Can dermabrasion remove scars?2024-06-07T03:06:59-07:00

Yes, dermabrasion can effectively remove scars caused by acne, surgery, injuries, and fine wrinkles, as well as improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin. It may not be as effective for burn scars, especially those that extend to depths beyond the mid-reticular dermis.

Is dermabrasion better than microdermabrasion?2024-06-07T03:06:22-07:00

Both procedures have their unique benefits and drawbacks. Traditional dermabrasion is better than microdermabrasion for significantly reducing wrinkles or scars, but it causes increased bleeding and requires extensive downtime compared to microdermabrasion, which does not require any downtime.

How long do dermabrasion results last?2024-06-07T03:06:03-07:00

In general, dermabrasion results for scars can last for several years, but they are not entirely permanent. The visible improvement of scars can be long-lasting, especially with good skin care and sun protection. However, the exact duration varies by individual, and some may require additional treatments in the future. Treatment longevity varies based on individual factors like age and treatment response.

Is dermabrasion painful?2024-06-07T03:05:44-07:00

Dermabrasion is usually not painful during the procedure as your skin will be numbed, but you may experience some discomfort afterwards, similar to a bad sunburn, which can be managed with medication.

Why is dermabrasion no longer performed?2024-06-07T03:05:27-07:00

Dermabrasion is no longer performed at many offices because it requires a high level of operator knowledge and confidence. Advances in other exfoliation treatments, such as laser resurfacing or chemical peels, have surpassed dermabrasion in terms of safety and ease of administration. As a result, the procedure is becoming less popular among practitioners and patients alike. Still, it is a valuable technique when significant abrasion is necessary, as is often the case with deep acne scars.

Does punch excision leave a scar?2024-06-07T02:00:05-07:00

Yes, punch excision leaves a small superficial scar, usually smaller than the original spot, and it can be effectively treated with cosmetic treatments.

What is the difference between punch grafting and excision?2024-06-07T01:59:15-07:00

The main difference is that punch grafting involves placing a donor skin graft over the excised area, while excision simply involves removing the affected scar with a punch tool. This differentiation helps in understanding the contrasting techniques and their outcomes.

Does punch excision hurt?2024-06-07T01:58:28-07:00

No, punch excision does not hurt during the procedure. The only discomfort may be the prick of the needle during the injection of the anesthetic solution.

How long does it take for a punch excision to heal?2024-06-07T01:57:18-07:00

Punch excision wound healing typically takes around three months to complete, with the option for further scar improvement through laser resurfacing around 4 weeks post-procedure.

Are SHICROSS results permanent?2024-06-06T03:14:45-07:00

SHICROSS is intended to be done once, as the treatment causes the body to grow new skin in the affected areas, closing deep indentations or scars. The results are relatively fast and cost-effective as well.

Is CROSS worth it?2024-06-06T03:14:29-07:00

Yes, CROSS treatment can be worth it for atrophic acne scars, especially for those with darker skin types.

What is the difference between CROSS and chemical peel?2024-06-06T03:14:10-07:00

The key difference between CROSS and a chemical peel is that CROSS targets individual acne scars using a high concentration of acid, while a chemical peel treats broader areas of the skin with lower concentrations of the acid.

What is TCA CROSS?2024-06-06T03:13:51-07:00

TCA CROSS is a treatment for improving acne scars by using trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to make individual scars less shallow. It is used as treatment for ice pick scars, boxcar scars, and may work for other types of acne scars and dilated pores. We do not offer TCA CROSS at SHI.

Do you use TCA CROSS at the Scar Healing Institute?2024-06-06T03:13:33-07:00

We do not use TCA CROSS as part of our acne scar treatment. Instead, we use SHICROSS, our chemical reconstruction formula suited for your acne scars.

How does Restylane work?2024-06-04T00:42:57-07:00

Restylane works by adding volume under the skin to fill in areas where tissue has diminished, creating a smoothing and lifting effect.

What is the active ingredient in Restylane?2024-06-04T00:42:42-07:00

The active ingredient in Restylane is hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring sugar in the skin that helps with hydration, fullness, and elasticity.

What is Restylane filler good for?2024-06-04T00:40:55-07:00

Restylane filler is good for smoothing smile lines, erasing wrinkles, treating marionette lines, smoothing crow’s feet, restoring volume to the face and hands, as well as augmenting the lips and enhancing the cheekbones.

How long does Restylane filler last?2024-06-04T00:40:35-07:00

Restylane filler can last for up to 1 year, depending on the specific product and treatment area. Generally, it can last anywhere from six to eighteen months, with more mobile areas like the lips lasting a shorter time than denser fillers.

How long do the effects of Juvederm last?2024-05-31T19:09:54-07:00

The effects of Juvederm for acne scars usually last from 9 to 12 months, while certain products like Voluma may have longer-lasting effects of up to two years. So, the duration of the effects can vary depending on the specific Juvederm product.

Can fillers help with scars?2024-05-31T19:09:37-07:00

Yes, fillers such as Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, and Sculptra can be injected into the skin to fill in and lift depressed scars, creating smoother skin. This is because the fillers plump up and smooth the skin’s surface, similar to how they treat lines and wrinkles.

What are the best injections for scars?2024-05-31T19:09:05-07:00

The best injections for scars are corticosteroid solutions, which can be directly injected into hypertrophic scars or keloids to reduce their size by breaking down collagen fibers. This can help reduce the amount of scar tissue beneath the skin.

Can filler break down scar tissue?2024-05-31T19:08:41-07:00

Yes, dermal fillers can help break down scar tissue and make a permanent improvement to the appearance of scars. The injections can help break up scar tissue and boost collagen production, resulting in natural repair.

Does Juvederm work for scars?2024-05-31T19:08:12-07:00

Yes, Juvéderm can work for boxcar acne scars by encouraging collagen regrowth and smoothing the skin texture, but it is not suitable for treating hypertrophic or keloid scars.

Are there alternatives to HA fillers for scar treatment?2024-05-30T02:17:48-07:00

Yes, alternatives to HA fillers for scar treatment include autologous fat transfer.

How do HA fillers work in scar treatment?2024-05-30T02:17:18-07:00

HA fillers work by restoring volume with hyaluronic acid, mimicking the natural substance found in the skin to provide immediate volume and stimulate collagen production. This helps in scar treatment by filling in and promoting skin regeneration.

How much does filler cost for scars?2024-05-30T02:17:01-07:00

The cost of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers is approximately $794 on average, while non-hyaluronic acid fillers average around $1,039. Lip augmentation with dermal fillers has an average cost of $743, as per the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

What are the best fillers for scars?2024-05-30T02:16:04-07:00

The best fillers for scars approved by Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, and Radiesse. These are recommended by highly acclaimed cosmetic surgeons in North America.

Can you put filler in a scar?2024-05-30T02:15:37-07:00

Yes, you can put injectable fillers in a scar to improve its appearance and fill in the depression. Bellafill® is a long-term filler approved for treating distensible acne scars.

What are Pregnancy Scars?2023-07-06T01:27:59-07:00

Pregnancy scars” are a casual term to describe stretch marks that arise from excessive pulling of the abdominal skin as the baby grows. Although hormonal changes during pregnancy increase skin elasticity to adapt to the growing belly and breasts, the rapid stretching of skin causes tears in the dermis, which is replaced by scar tissue. Stretch marks are not the only type of scars that can form from pregnancy. Scars from birth by cesarean section (C-section), for instance, are also common. Briefly, C-section is a procedure in which the surgeon delivers the baby through an incision made through the uterus and overlying abdominal skin. The incisional scar tends to heal and fade on its own but can persist and worsen over time like C-section scars. For the purposes of this blog, however, we will be focusing specifically on stretch marks.

Does Microneedling help acne scars?2023-07-05T20:40:22-07:00

If you’re struggling with acne scars, you might be wondering if micro-needling can help. Microneedling is a skin treatment that involves using a device to create tiny punctures in the skin. This can promote collagen production and help improve the appearance of scars.

There’s no guarantee that micro-needling will work for everyone, but it may be worth a try if you’re looking for an alternative to traditional scar treatments.

Will laser treatment remove acne scars?2023-07-05T20:39:58-07:00

Laser treatments are a popular choice for treating acne scars, as they can be quite effective in reducing their appearance. However, it’s important to remember that laser treatment is not a cure-all, and it may not completely remove your scars. But, with proper treatment, it can certainly help improve their appearance and give you the confidence boost you need.

Can acne scars be removed permanently?2023-07-05T20:39:36-07:00

Acne scars can be permanent, but there are treatments available to help minimize their appearance. lasers and other resurfacing treatments can help to stimulate collagen production and improve the appearance of scars. Injections of fillers can also help to plump up depressions in the skin caused by scars.

Can a dermatologist do anything for acne scars?2023-07-05T20:38:58-07:00

If you’re struggling with acne scars, you might be wondering if a dermatologist can help. The answer is: yes! Dermatologists are skin care experts, and they can provide you with treatments that can improve the appearance of your scars. Some of the things a dermatologist can do for acne scars include:

  • Prescribe topical creams or ointments to help heal scars.
  • Perform laser therapy to resurface the skin and improve scarring.
  • Inject fillers into scars to make them less visible.
  • If you’re concerned about your acne scars, make an appointment with Scar Healing institute. We are having a team of top dermatologists in California to discuss your treatment options.
Which treatment is best for acne scars?2023-07-05T20:37:47-07:00

There are many treatments for acne scars, but there is no one-size-fits-all answer. The best treatment for you will depend on the type and severity of your scars, as well as your skin type and other factors. Some common treatments include topical creams and gels, laser resurfacing, micro-needling, and fillers. Talk to your dermatologist about which option might be best for you.

How Can I Restore Collagen On My Face?2023-03-19T00:15:13-07:00

There are a plethora of cosmetic treatments that can reduce the wrinkles and fine lines with a side effect, increased collagen production. Sculptra, Microneedling, Laser Resurfacing treatments are such collagen stimulating therapies that can give the desired results.

Does Caffeine Destroy Collagen?2023-03-19T00:14:31-07:00

Caffeine suppresses collagen production by preventing cell growth and interfering with cartilage development. This in turn affects the ability of the body to produce new collagen. With coffee, the molecular structure of collagen gets disrupted.
While numerous collagen products are popping out everywhere, if you are on collagen supplements, their desired health benefits get lowered. Also, excessive intake of coffee may bring aging symptoms to the skin.

Does Tapping Face Stimulate Collagen?2023-03-19T00:14:10-07:00

Tapping is a type of facial relaxation technique that improves lymph flow and blood circulation to prevent wrinkles. It gives a natural, flushed glow to the skin. Since stress hormones break down Collagen, face tapping stimulates blood circulation thereby preventing aging and wrinkles.

In order to heal from regular damage, the skin cells need good blood circulation that’s linked to collagen production.

Can You Rebuild Lost Collagen?2023-03-19T00:13:29-07:00

It’s very unfortunate that collagen levels tend to diminish with age and there’s no way to prevent this. Collagen loss starts in the early twenties. However, the good news is that you can restore or rebuild the lost collagen with some cosmetic treatments.

One of the most effective cosmetic treatments is Collagen Stimulating treatment. Some effective collagen stimulating treatments that can rebuild the lost collagen and improve wrinkles/fine lines are Microneedling, Sculptra, Laser Treatment, etc.

Is Sculptra Better Than Fillers?2023-03-19T00:13:02-07:00

Sculptra is better than Dermal Fillers as it boosts Collagen production within the skin instead of adding just fullness or volume as fillers do. Although it seems like dermal filler, the ultimate goal of Sculptra is to add volume to the face while reducing wrinkles and fine lines.

Injected in the deep strategic areas, Sculptra treats the primary cause of the loss of facial plumpness, that is, collagen loss instead of simply affecting the specific areas where the wrinkles and lines are prevalent.

What’s The Best Treatment To Reduce Fine Lines Wrinkles And Look Years Younger?2023-03-19T00:12:38-07:00

Fine lines and wrinkles appear on the face mainly due to the loss of collagen. The best way to improve this condition is collagen stimulation. There are a number of collagen stimulating treatments which ensure reduction in fine lines and wrinkles as well as make the skin look younger.

Some of such effective collagen stimulating treatments are Collagen Microneedling, Sculptra, Hyaluronic Acid Fillers, Laser Therapy, Sculptra, etc. All these are specially formulated treatments carried out under the guidance of expert dermatologists.

Does Collagen Make The Skin Tighter?2023-03-19T00:11:18-07:00

Collagen is responsible for keeping the skin tightened and smoothened. When the skin starts aging, the collagen amount decreases which gives rise to fine lines and wrinkles. Collagen accounts for about 80% of the human skin structure providing strength and firmness to the skin.

Especially type I and III collagen increase the skin elasticity more, thereby, minimizing the skin wrinkles and bringing a youthful glow. The best collagen stimulating treatments can effectively tighten the loose, saggy skin.

Can Any Natural Methods Boost Collagen?2023-03-19T00:10:54-07:00

Having foods rich in amino acids and Vitamin C can increase the levels of both collagen and hyaluronic acid in the body. These two are crucial components to reduce skin aging. Foods like red peppers, kale, eggs, fish, dairy products, oranges, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, and broccoli are all rich in Vitamin C.

In addition to this, factors such as good sleep, weight lifting, and steam bath are some natural methods to boost collagen. Nevertheless, they are not as effective as collagen stimulating treatments.

Do Skin Creams Containing Collagen Get Rid Of Wrinkles?2023-03-19T00:10:29-07:00

Yes, some specially formulated collagen skin creams work well on wrinkles. They help to fill in the fine lines and wrinkles. Actually, when the skin is plump and hydrated, it prevents wrinkles from forming.

Collagen creams function as moisturizers and can be used along with other skin care regimes as a part of an anti-aging routine. However, they can’t vanish the wrinkles completely but can improve their condition.

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