Acne Scar Dermatologist

What is an Acne Scar?

An acne scar is a visible, permanent mark or indentation that remains on the skin after an acne lesion has healed. Acne scars are the result of the body’s natural healing process when it repairs damaged tissue caused by inflammatory acne. When the skin is inflamed, collagen production may become irregular, leading to either raised scars (hypertrophic or keloid) or depressed scars (atrophic or pitted). These scars can vary in size, shape, and depth, affecting the skin’s texture and appearance. Acne scars can be emotionally distressing for individuals, prompting them to seek various treatments to improve their skin’s overall appearance.


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Fillers can be beneficial in improving the appearance of certain types of acne scars. When injected into depressed or pitted scars by an experienced acne scar dermatologist, fillers help to raise the skin’s surface, effectively smoothing out the irregular texture caused by the scars. The fillers add volume and stimulate collagen production in the treated area, leading to a plumper and more even skin texture. While fillers are not a permanent solution for acne scars, they can provide immediate and noticeable results, giving individuals a temporary improvement in the appearance of their skin. For certain patients, fillers can be a valuable part of a comprehensive acne scar treatment plan.


Lasers have become a valuable tool in the treatment of acne scars, offering a non-invasive and effective solution. Fractional laser technology is commonly used to target the damaged skin tissue, stimulating collagen production and promoting skin remodeling. The laser’s energy helps to resurface the skin, reducing the appearance of acne scars and improving overall skin texture. Depending on the severity of the scars, multiple treatment sessions may be necessary to achieve optimal results. Patients may experience mild redness and swelling after the procedure, but downtime is generally minimal. Laser treatments for acne scars have shown promising results, restoring confidence and skin clarity for many individuals.
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Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are an effective treatment option for addressing certain types of acne scars. These peels involve the application of a chemical solution to the skin, which causes controlled exfoliation and shedding of the damaged outer layer. This process helps to improve the appearance of shallow acne scars by promoting skin regeneration and collagen production. Deeper scars may require multiple sessions for significant improvement. Chemical peels also aid in reducing pigmentation irregularities and improving overall skin texture. The recovery period varies depending on the depth of the peel, but most individuals experience temporary redness and peeling, which subsides within a week. Regular treatments can lead to noticeable long-term results.


Bellafill is a dermal filler specifically designed to address acne scars and facial wrinkles. Composed of a unique combination of smooth collagen gel and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres, Bellafill provides immediate volume to depressed scars while stimulating the skin’s natural collagen production for long-lasting results. As the collagen gel gradually absorbs, the PMMA microspheres create a supportive framework, providing ongoing structural support to the treated area. Bellafill is considered a semi-permanent solution for acne scars, with results lasting up to five years or more. The treatment is minimally invasive, and patients typically experience little downtime, making it a popular choice for scar improvement.
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TCA Cross

TCA Cross (Trichloroacetic Acid Cross) is a specialized technique used to treat certain types of acne scars, particularly ice pick scars and deep boxcar scars. During the procedure, a high concentration of trichloroacetic acid is applied precisely to the individual scars, causing controlled injury to the skin. This stimulates collagen production, leading to skin remodeling and the gradual filling of the scars. The treatment is minimally invasive and requires multiple sessions for best results. Patients may experience redness, peeling, and mild discomfort during the recovery process, but the downtime is relatively short. TCA Cross can significantly improve the appearance of targeted acne scars and enhance overall skin texture.
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RF Microneedling

RF (Radiofrequency) microneedling is a cutting-edge treatment used to effectively address acne scars. This procedure combines the benefits of traditional microneedling with the added advantage of radiofrequency energy. The tiny needles create controlled micro-injuries in the skin, while the RF energy penetrates deep into the dermis, stimulating collagen production and skin remodeling. This powerful combination helps to improve the appearance of acne scars by filling in depressions, smoothing out the skin’s texture, and promoting overall skin rejuvenation. RF microneedling is safe for all skin types and provides noticeable results with minimal downtime, making it a popular choice for acne scar treatment.

PDO Threads

PDO (Polydioxanone) threads are increasingly being used as a novel approach to improve the appearance of acne scars. These dissolvable threads are inserted beneath the skin to create a lifting and tightening effect, stimulating collagen production in the treated areas. As the threads gradually dissolve, they leave behind a framework of newly formed collagen, reducing the depth of acne scars and enhancing overall skin texture. PDO threads offer a non-surgical and minimally invasive option for individuals seeking scar improvement. The procedure is generally well-tolerated with minimal downtime, allowing patients to resume regular activities shortly after treatment. Regular follow-up sessions may be required to achieve optimal results.
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The Lamb Difference

The Lamb Difference evolved out of the belief that every patient should be an active participant in their care. Dr. Angela Lamb has created a comprehensive experience for each of her patients which includes:

dermatologist NYC | Dr. Angela Lamb, MD

The Lamb Difference

The Lamb Difference evolved out of the belief that every patient should be an active participant in their care. Dr. Angela Lamb has created a comprehensive experience for each of her patients which includes:


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