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, our San Diego acne scar treatment programs have many different types of treatments available that can significantly improve your skin’s texture and improve the appearance of acne scarring. Our qualified physicians at Laser Cliniqúe can discuss all options available and which treatment might be best for you.

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Acne Scar Treatment Options in San Diego


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.


This minimally-invasive procedure utilizes a series of incredibly tiny needles to create what are called "micro-channels" in the topmost layer of your skin. While this procedure is mostly painless (and we'll help you with a topical ointment to further numb your skin, for maximum comfort), your skin is actually "tricked" into instigating its wound response.

This promotes the generation of collagen and elastin, restorative compounds that your body typically uses to heal injuries.

These compounds help your skin retain moisture, maintain volume, and generally hold onto that youthful glow. The procedure is quick, easy, and can be completed during your lunch break, and you'll have little more than some slight redness in the treatment area, once the procedure is over.

Photofractional Laser

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. This wound response sends compounds known as collagen and elastin to the treatment area, which naturally encourage your skin to retain more moisture, maintain an improved amount of volume, and generally hold onto that youthful glow for longer.

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.

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.


This incredibly advanced procedure produces amazing results, all while being quick, easy, and nearly painless. We'll help you with a topical ointment to keep you nice and comfortable, while a series of ultra-fine needles create what are known as "micro-channels" in the outermost layer of your skin. This is combined with radiofrequency (RF) energy, which penetrates into specific layers of your skin, to tighten and rejuvenate, while both processes work to encourage the production of collagen and elastin.

These compounds help your skin stay youthful, retain more moisture, and generally maintain an improved amount of volume — and it can all be done without any surgery, and with a minimal recovery period.


This injectable filler is completely safe, incredibly effective, quick, and easy...and it produces amazing results when it comes to minimally-invasive facial rejuvenation. By injecting a synthetic form of what's known as hyaluronic acid (HA), BellaFill acts as a "dermal filler," restoring lost volume to the treatment area and walking back the presence of fine lines, wrinkles, and other early signs of aging in the process.

If you're worried about the encroaching presence of those frustrating fine lines and wrinkles, but aren't convinced that a full-on facelift is necessary for you, BellaFill might be the perfect way to meet your cosmetic goals.

Microneedling for Acne Scars

Microneedling is a minimally-invasive treatment method that utilizes a handheld device with a grouping of tiny needles. The motorized device is passed over the skin in the affected area, treating the first few layers of skin with tiny “micro-injuries.”

The micro-injuries engage your body’s natural regenerative process. Collagen and elastin are produced during the healing process. They work together to rejuvenate the skin in the treated area. Treatments typically take less than an hour, but will vary depending on the size of the treatment area. Our acne scar treatment in San Diego can yield unexpected and great results

Benefits of Microneedling

Microneedling is a natural solution for acne scar treatment because it does not involve the use of other chemicals or fillers. Your own collagen and elastin are used to fill in scars from within the skin and reduce discoloration on the surface. The procedure and recovery are relatively painless because the microneedling device only comes in contact with the first few layers of skin.

All evidence of your treatment should vanish in one to two days. Some skin rejuvenation treatments cause skin discoloration in people with darker complexions. Microneedling will not discolor the skin, so this versatile procedure can be enjoyed by virtually any skin tone.

Expected Results

Collagen and elastin production begin immediately and will continue for a few weeks. Even after just one treatment you will likely see a noticeable improvement in your skin’s tone and texture. A few sessions may be necessary depending on the size and severity of your acne scars. Treatments are typically four to six weeks apart. Once completed, your smooth and radiant skin can take years off your appearance. Distracting acne scars will fade, and the collagen production will give you a youthful glow.

Microneedling with PRP

Another benefit of microneedling is the ability to combine the procedure with other topical treatments to magnify the results. The tiny channels created by the microneedling device allow for deeper penetration of vitamin-rich creams or serums. Perhaps most common is platelet-rich plasma, or PRP.

PRP is a concentration of your body’s natural growth factors. During your appointment, a small sample of your blood will be spun in a centrifuge to isolate the beneficial compounds for use in conjunction with your microneedling treatment. When PRP is applied to the treatment area, the growth factors expedite the healing process and enhance your results with even smoother, brighter skin. Both of the procedures utilize your body’s natural processes to revitalize your skin without the use of harsh chemicals.

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Treat Acne Scars with Bellafill

Acne scars can also be treated with long-lasting Bellafill injectable filler. It contains two compounds: polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres which are suspended in a collagen solution. The two work together to smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of acne scars for up to one year.

Adult men and women can both benefit from Bellafill. In rare cases, certain allergies or blood disorders can exclude you from the treatment. Polymethyl methacrylate is safe and has been used in the medical field for over 60 years.

How it Works

Once injected into indented scars, the collagen goes to work immediately and raises the scar to match the surrounding skin. The PMMA microspheres initiate your body’s own collagen production and provide support and structure under the skin. The filler reduces the appearance of pitted scars for smooth and supple skin. Unlike other fillers that can break down after a few months, Bellafill is FDA approved to last for a year. Recovery time is short and easy because of the non-surgical nature of the treatment. Bellafill can be combined with other skin rejuvenation procedures to further improve the look and feel of your skin.

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. Dr. 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 Diamond status with Allergan, which places him in the top 250 out of 42,000 providers in the field nationwide. He has won countless awards, and was selected to receive the Patient’s Choice Award from years 2007-2020.

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. Step into some of the finest acne scar treatments in San Diego and increase your confidence by scheduling a consultation with our team of professionals.

Medical Director & Founder Dr. P. Alexander Ataii

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. 

  • Injects 140,000 units of Botox per year
  • Treated over 35,000 patients in career
  • Delivered over 25,000 dermal fillers and volumizing treatments
  • Top 250 of 45,000 Allergan providers nationwide
  • Patients Choice Award 2007 - 2023
  • America's Most Honored Professional Top 1% 2016 - 2019
  • Most Honored Doctor 2020 -2023
  • Top 10 Doctors San Diego
  • Most Compassionate Doctors Award 2010 - 2020
  • Diamond Crystal Award as the Top Aesthetic Doctor by Aesthetic Everything
  • Most 5 Star Reviews of any Provider in California

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