The answer to this question depends largely on what type of acne scars you have. There are several types of acne scars we treat.
- Dark pigmented acne scars (brown spots in darker skin types).
- Red pigmented acne scars (red spots in lighter skin types).
- Textured acne scars (bumpy, rolling, disk shaped, pitted, ice pick, etc.)
Within these categories there are additional variables that determine how we treat acne scars.
Treating pigmented acne scars is very different than treating textured acne scars. In addition, treating brown acne scars is different than treating red acne scars and treating rolling textured scars is different than treating pinpoint or ice pick textured scars. For pigmented acne scars, there are three options – Pulse dye lasers for red acne scars, q-switched lasers for brown acne scars and depigmentation programs such as Cosmelan and our own proprietary program for getting rid of the brown acne scars without laser treatments.
For textured acne scars, we have several options including the Aramis and Q-switched lasers (with no downtime) and the Erbium laser for laser resurfacing (5-7 days of social downtime). To determine which type of laser we would recommend for your textured acne scars, we evaluate you in person to see how deep the scars are, what your goals are and what your preference for downtime vs. no downtime procedures is.