WAIKOLOA, HAWAII – Dermatologists can certainly improve icepick acne scars, but they have to be careful not to make them worse, according to dermatologist Nazanin Saedi, MD, director of the Jefferson Laser Surgery and Cosmetic Dermatology Center at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia.
After about three to five TCA treatments, most patients will have a better than 50% improvement,
For patients with darker skin types, or those who don’t want to go through a series of treatments, punch excision is an option, with nonablative laser treatment a week later when sutures are removed. “Some patients heal beautifully,” but some patients may have a spread scar or a small atrophic scar at the punch site, she noted. Options to treat atrophic scarring after treatment are laser treatments and fillers.
She offered her advice in an interview at the Hawaii Dermatology Seminar, provided by the Global Academy for Medical Education/Skin Disease Education Foundation. It’s important to set realistic expectations, Dr. Saedi said.
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