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If you suffered from acne that is now under control, you may still have to face the scars that acne leaves behind. When you have signs of acne scarring, it can affect your self-esteem and feelings of self-confidence. As the scars can create an uneven, lumpy appearance to the facial skin, cosmetics are often not enough to hide the damage.

Long after the acne itself has cleared, you may find yourself embarrassed by the unsightly scars left behind, and you may fear that there is no solution. Acne scarring can range significantly in severity, from pale, surface-level blemishes, to deep red or purple scars that are pitted, also known as “ice-pick scars.” Fortunately, there are a variety of treatments available that can significantly improve your skin’s texture and improve the appearance of acne scarring. Our qualified physician at Laser Cliniqúe can discuss the available options and which treatment might be best for you.

Acne Scar Treatment Options

Laser Resurfacing

With laser resurfacing, light waves are used to destroy the outer layer of damaged skin. This prompts the development of new skin cells. Over time, your skin will have a marked reduction in acne scars and have an improved texture. Some options include the Active FX, Deep FX, Scaar FX and/or Total FX laser treatments. The different options use different types of lasers, and are better suited for certain cases – some versions of the procedure, for example, are more effective for use on skin of a darker pigmentation, while others work best on certain depths of acne pitting. Laser resurfacing takes longer to heal than some other treatments, but is also associated with exceptionally high rates of patient satisfaction. Because the laser burns off the top layer of skin, the procedure requires some downtime – new skin is typically regrown within ten days, though it may take up to 18 months to fully heal and achieve normal pigmentation.


Photorejuvenation works by using a laser light source to stimulate the skin’s production of collagen. It creates tiny, superficial wounds in the skin’s surface, which then activates the body’s natural response to heal itself, producing new, smoother tissue. After a series of several treatments, you will start noticing results of the treatment. Since the laser light source does not remove any skin layers, there is no downtime and no recovery period.


Vibradermabrasion is similar to microdermabrasion treatments and treats acne scars by sloughing off the damaged top layers of skin. While microdermabrasion blasts the surface of the skin with tiny crystals, vibradermabrasion instead employs paddles with an abrasive surface that rapidly vibrate, exfoliating the skin. In addition to encouraging the production of collagen, vibradermabrasion can reveal skin with a healthy glow and a refined texture.

Chemical Peels

During a chemical peel, outer layers of scarred and damaged skin are removed, which stimulates the growth of new skin cells. Specifically, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which causes the skin to blister and then peel over the course of several days. When the skin regrows, it is smoother and younger-looking, and the appearance of acne scars is greatly reduced. Depending on the type of chemicals used, you may have almost no downtime or possibly several days where your activities will be limited by swelling. Regular treatments can minimize acne scarring and reveal smoother, healthier-looking skin.

Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy is non-invasive and uses light and a photosensitizing agent to improve the appearance of your skin. Specifically, this treatment can treat acne, acne scars, minimize pores and reduce the size of the oil glands.

Cosmetic Skin Treatments you can Trust

If you are suffering from acne scars that have a negative impact on your quality of life, it is important to know that you have options. A variety of factors go into choosing the treatment that is best for you, including the severity of your scarring, the pigmentation of your skin, whether the scars are smooth or pitted, the presence of any currently active acne, the sensitivity of your skin, your medical history and current medications, and any allergies you may have. Only a skilled physician with years of experience in dermatological and cosmetic procedures can help determine which option will be safest and most effective for your unique situation.

At Laser Cliniqúe, our San Diego medical spa provides you with proven techniques that are designed to erase the signs of acne scars. P. Alexander Ataii M.D will examine your skin and form an acne scar treatment plan that is specific to the severity of your scarring and can suggest one or a combination of treatments that are best suited for your skin.

Dr. Ataii first opened Laser Cliniqúe in 2005, and has been helping patients with state-of-the-art cosmetic interventions ever since. He has the incredible distinction of having achieved the Black Diamond status with Allergan, which places him in the top 50 out of 30,000 providers in the field nationwide. He has won countless awards, and was selected to receive the Patient’s Choice Award for nine years in a row. His patients come to him for his excellent track record of outstanding cosmetic interventions and care, but they end up staying because of his warm demeanor, comforting presence, and excellent bedside manner. Take the first step in treating your acne scars and increasing your confidence by scheduling a consultation with our team of professionals.

Meet Dr. Ataii

Medical Director of Laser Cliniqúe

P. Alexander Ataii M.D. is the Medical Director and Founder of Laser Cliniqúe in San Diego. He is a skilled skin care specialist who focuses on all aspects of the skin both diagnostic and cosmetic.

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