DFW Skin Surgery Center
1115 W. Randol Mill Rd
Suite 200
 Arlington, TX 76012
(817) 303-6647 (MOHS)
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DFW Skin Surgery Center, PLLC
1115 W. Randol Mill Road, Suite 200, Arlington, TX 76012
(817) 303-6647 (MOHS)
Fax: (817) 303-6651


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Treatment of Acne Scars
Acne scarring is a common complication of acne, especially when acne breakouts have been manipulated. Although many theories have been proposed, the exact mechanism of scar formation in acne is not completely known.

Scarring that may result from acne may be subdivided into atrophic (or depressed) and hypertrophic (or elevated) types. Atrophic scars are then further subdivided based on the appearance of the scar. Thus, treatment of acne scars varies significantly based on the type or types of scars present in a given patient.

For some smaller, deeper scars (also known as “ice pick” scars), small excision may produce excellent cosmetic results. Wider, undulating, or “rolling” scars may require a process of subcision, where a tiny instrument is introduced underneath the scar to release its adhesions to deeper structures. Round, punched-out, or “boxcar” scars, also common following chickenpox, may be treated with scar excision, scar elevation, or application of a concentrated acid, also known as the CROSS technique.

While these procedures may be used for more prominent scarring, milder scars may be treated with a variety of resurfacing techniques. These are also often used after the above-mentioned procedures to smoothen out the overall complexion. Resurfacing techniques may include ablative techniques (that is, those that remove the outer layer of the skin), non-ablative techniques, and fractional lasers. 

Fractional lasers resurface the outer skin layer in portions (or “fractions”), resulting in faster healing times. At the same time, the laser beam also penetrates deeper into the skin to stimulate new collagen formation, which then elevates scars.

These are just some of the techniques that Dr. Berlin utilizes in his practice for the treatment of acne scars. He has extensive experience in all of these procedures and has dedicated a full chapter to them in a book on acne and rosacea that he has recently co-authored.

If you would like to find out more about these or any other procedures or would like to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Berlin, please contact our office today or use the form on the right to request more information.