Acne scars can impact your self esteem, but there are several cosmetic procedures you can choose to reduce the appearance of these scars. Knowing about the different options can help you find the right procedure for your needs. Here are just a few acne surgery and other treatment options to choose from.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is a relatively new treatment option, and its results can be up to 90 percent more precise than some other available cosmetic procedures. This procedure involves the use of a laser to burn the skin where scars are present to create a new layer of tissue. It can be used for shallow scars, though there are options for laser resurfacing to treat deep scars as well. You can opt for a localized treatment on affected areas, or you can opt for a full-face laser resurfacing treatment. The final results of the treatment are complete at around 18 months after the procedure.


Dermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that removes the top layers of the skin to leave it smooth and reduce the appearance of acne scars. This procedure can be done in the office, and it tends to be less invasive than some of the other acne scar treatment procedures.

You can choose from traditional dermabrasion or the newer microdermabrasion option to reduce the appearance of your scars. Microdermabrasion uses exfoliating crystals to remove imperfections. Microdermabrasion can help to even your skin tone and reduce the appearance of very shallow scars, while dermabrasion is more suited to handle moderate acne scarring. Your dermatologist can help you choose the right option for your skin.

Soft Tissue Augmentation

Soft tissue augmentation uses injectable fillers to essentially lift the scarred area of your skin to create a more even appearance. This procedure is ideal for minor scarring and can create a smooth look on your skin. If you are not comfortable around needles, this procedure may not be right for you, as the fillers are injected using syringes. The results from this procedure are temporary, and the length of time before you need to repeat the process varies depending on the type of filler your dermatologist chooses to use.

Of course, for more serious scarring or for skin that has a combination of scarring issues, your dermatologist may have other recommendations for procedures to reduce the appearance of scarring. If you are concerned about acne scars, schedule a consultation with your dermatologist to discuss your available options.