How to Best Treat Acne Scars

Acne scars are formed when damaged acne heals unevenly on the skin. These scars can be depressed or slightly raised, but they can also be raised in a pattern that resembles the shape of an acne lesion. Given below are some of the latest and effective techniques you can opt for to get rid of such scars in a specialized acne treatment clinic in Vancouver.


Fractional Laser Resurfacing

The most prevalent treatment for acne scars is laser resurfacing, which uses a laser to remove the scar tissue and create a smoother skin surface. It helps remove layers of scar cells at the surface or deeper levels. Surface scars are typically treated with Erbium laser, while deeper scars may need a CO2 laser for effective results.

This procedure takes up to three treatments, depending on how deep the scars are. In most cases, it is not painful.


Deep Chemical peels

Deep chemical peels are a type of facial treatment that can help reduce acne scars by removing relatively deeper levels of skin cells. It is highly recommended for deep scars and doesn’t require multiple sessions to see visible results in most cases. 

However, the treatment can cause side effects like heart muscle damage, irregular heartbeats, and permanent loss of tanning ability. So seek an expert’s advice.


Microneedling with Radiofrequency

Microneedling with Radiofrequency is a method of treating acne scars using an instrument that resembles a sewing needle. This dermatologic procedure involves creating small, superficial wounds in the skin with a needle. The needled areas are then treated with topical medications like corticosteroids and antibiotics. It is very commonly used for acne treatment in Vancouver.



This scar removal technique uses a specialized tri-bevel needle that is inserted beneath the scarred skin to detach the scar’s fibrous strands connecting it to the underlying skin. The needle is inserted at an acute angle and moved back and forth in a fan-like motion beneath the scar. 

As the scarred skin is detached entirely, the treated region regains its natural skin tone with the underlying skin layers.


Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers, also known as injectable dermal implants, are used to improve distensible (able to stretch and expand) scars. Dermal filler treatment for acne scars includes injecting hyaluronic acid into the skin. The injections create a new layer of skin that is smooth, soft, and hydrated.


Punch Excision

Punch excision, as the name suggests, utilizes a special surgical punch tool to remove scars. The tool is carefully punched around the scar to remove it entirely and the excised part is sutured with fine surgical strings. Though it is an outpatient procedure, you will need to follow some precautions for a few weeks until the wound heals.

Dr. Shehla Ebrahim is a skincare physician in Vancouver who specializes in cosmetic laser therapy and non-surgical treatments. Dr. Ebrahim has over 20 years of experience in the field of skincare. She also specializes in treating acne scars through personalized treatment courses. If you are looking for acne treatment in Vancouver, contact us today.