Injectable Scar Treatments

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Collagen Stimulators

For those who seek to boost their confidence by revising their acne scars due to active acne, icepick and boxcar scars, and other skin scarring, check out some of our patients and how we helped them heal.

Steroid Injections

For those who seek to boost their confidence by revising their non-acne scars from accidents, surgery, or other procedures, check out some of our patients & how we helped them heal their scarring.


For those who seek to boost their confidence by revising their non-acne scars from accidents, surgery, or other procedures, check out some of our patients & how we helped them heal their scarring.

Types of Scars & Injectable Treatments

Active Acne Scars

Active acne is an inflammatory skin condition that affects over 75% of adults and is particularly prevalent in teenagers undergoing hormonal changes within their bodies.

Active Acne most commonly appears on the parts of the skin that include the face, chest, neck, and back.

If it remains untreated it can cause permanent damage to your skin – this is commonly known as acne scarring.

Atrophic Scars

Atrophic scars refer to the pitted scar-like marks on a person’s skin. They originate when the skin fails to regenerate the tissue naturally, therefore leaving imbalanced scarring. This therapeutic challenge is a permanent result of acne vulgaris. The most common types of atrophic scars are:

  • Ice pick
  • Boxcar
  • Rolling

What causes atrophic scars?

Atrophic scars result from the loss of collagen during the skin’s inflammatory healing process. The localized degradation of collagen and subcutaneous fat causes the affected area to dip below the level of healthy skin tissue. The type of atrophic scar that tends to form varies for each person. Here are the most common causes of atrophic scarring:

Icepick Scars

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.

Boxcar Scars

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.

Rolling Scars

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.

Hypertrophic Scars

A hypertrophic scar is a thick raised scar developed on areas of high skin tension. It is an abnormal wound healing response that commonly occurs following diseases, burns, surgical incisions, and other forms of skin trauma. Although they aren’t life threatening, they can be a bit itchy and painful if left untreated.

Trauma to the skin can sometimes leave behind raised, rubbery scars called hypertrophic scars. Unlike atrophic acne scars, hypertrophic scars result from overproduction of collagen as opposed to the depletion of collagen. Like rolling scars, hypertrophic scars usually resolve over time but do require treatment depending on their severity. Hypertrophic scars have the following characteristics:

  • Shiny luster
  • Rubbery texture
  • Raised
  • Hairless
  • Stays within border

How Do I Know What Type of Scar I Have?

Our specialists at Scar Healing Institute can help identify your acne scar or scarring. We will work with you to create a plan that will help you achieve both mental and physical healing. Contact us to help you find out more about your skin and how we can solve your skin issues.

Our Treatments Create Results

We are specifically known to be not only the top doctors for subcision scar treatment in California but also the leading experts in the best scar treatment clinic in California.

Our Proprietary Skin 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.

SHI Scar Phase Out System
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Scar 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 ice pick scars with minimal downtime.

Laser Treatment

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

Steroid Injections

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


Finding a team that understands your skin, and your body is key.

Finding a team that understands your skin, and your body is key.

With our guidance, medical expertise, and compassion, our goal is to help you reclaim the skin and confidence you deserve.