Acne Scarring and Treatment Options - Chelsea Face And Body NYC

Can Acne Scars be Removed?

Acne can often cause a great deal of emotional distress, particularly when it results in scarring which can become quite severe. Fortunately, there are solutions for improving acne and acne scarring. These include chemical peels, micro-needling, microdermabrasion, soft tissue fillers (for pitting), laser resurfacing and/or IPL (pulsed light treatments).

Chelsea Face And Body has a team of Aesthetic Professionals that perform Acne Scar Treatments on an outpatient basis with great results. Your choices depend on your level of compliance, amount of downtime and financial commitment. Each team member is trained to work with you and help choose the best treatment option for your individual needs.

Types of Acne Scars

Ice Pick Scars

Ice Pick scars are shaped like the hole left from an ice pick and are the most common. They are deep and narrow, which makes it difficult for them to be filled up naturally with collagen. Some are too deep to heal entirely. Ice pick scars are usually less than 2mm across and usually caused by inflamed comedones (blackheads) or acne vulgaris (whiteheads).

Boxcar Scars

Boxcar scars are similar to Ice Pick scars, but not as deep. However the Boxcar scars are wide and more rectangular with vertical edges. Boxcar scars are usually found on the temples and cheeks and they can be deep or shallow, but the majority of Boxcar scars are not as deep as Ice Pick scars.

Rolling Scars

Rolling scars are the least common of the three types of Acne Scarring. They are usually shallow and wide. Caused by damage under the surface of the skin, rolling scars are round and give the skin a rolling, wave-like appearance.

Treatment Options for Acne Scarring at CFAB:

Treatments depend on how severe the acne scars are. For milder acne scarring cases, a chemical peel or microdermabrasion may be needed to help improve the appearance of scarred areas. If you have severe acne scarring from previous bouts with acne, there are several treatment options available at Chelsea Face And Body: 

Chemical Peels:  The Medical Grade Chemical Peels used at Chelsea Face And Body contain a chemical solution which is applied directly to the skin to remove the damaged top layers. CFAB's chemical peels available range from light to strong and may be comprised of glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, salicylic acid, or phenol. Our Stronger Chemical Peels are able to improve the appearance of atrophic acne scars. In general, deeper chemical peels are more effective on acne scarring, though they do carry a greater risk and more downtime and extensive recovery.

Microdermabrasion: The Diamond Tip Medical Grade Microdermabrasion available at Chelsea Face And Body uses an abrasive tool which removes the outer layers of damaged skin in order to resurface the skin and improve its appearance. Varying techniques may be used, though deeper methods are typically more effective on acne scarring. However, these may include a more involved recovery and greater risk. Microdermabrasion may not be effective on deep ice pick scars.

Eclipse Micropen: This type of of skin treatment works at a deeper level of the skin than laser resurfacing or dermabrasion.  Because the MicroPen doesn't wound the top layer of tissue, healing time is shorter. Downtime, you may just look a bit sunburned for a couple of days.

Laser Resurfacing: One of our certified Laser Technicians can use Laser Resurfacing to help with Acne Scarring. The laser works by removing the damaged top layer of skin and tightens the middle layer, leaving skin smoother. Treatment times can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour. Downtime is between 3 and 10 days for the skin to heal completely.

Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment: The Equinox Fractional CO2 Laser treatment works at a deeper level of the skin than most laser resurfacing treatments, the MicroPen or Microdermabrasion.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL): Pulsed Light treatments use a high-energy beam of light to destroy the outer layers of the skin to reveal newer, undamaged skin. They can effectively treat acne scarring but may involve some downtime and risk.

Dermal (Soft Tissue) Fillers: Dermal fillers, also referred to as soft tissue fillers or injectable fillers, are substances which add volume to the skin. Fillers can be used to improve acne scarring by filling in pitted or depressed areas. They are especially good for "rolling" acne scars, where the doctor will inject the filler under the scar to raise it to the level of normal skin. This however is a temporary solution and repeat injections are needed to maintain the effect.

Customized Home Skincare Regimen: Skin Care Products are not only important for skin condition improvement, prevention and maintenance they are also an invaluable necessity for protection from the sun. Our staff will help you select products to prevent, correct and maintain any skin condition you have concerns with.