The Most Effective Acne Scar Treatments

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Did you know that nearly 60 million people suffer from acne in the U.S.? It can affect everyone, from teenagers to adults, and even celebrities like Megan Fox and Rihanna who always seem to look flawless. There’s a huge feeling of relief once you’ve gotten rid of your acne, but for some, they’re left with varying amounts of scarring. Skillful makeup application and Instagram filters can only do so much to hide the remnants of acne, and can almost affect your confidence and self-esteem as much if not more than the original skin condition. The good news is that there are several acne treatments available that are designed to eliminate mild to severe acne scarring, restoring your confidence and giving you the smooth, beautiful skin you’ve always wanted.

SmartXide DOT Therapy – CO2 Laser

  • Mechanism – SmartXideDOT Therapy utilizes CO2 laser technology to resurface and rejuvenate skin. It affects small areas of skin, instead of the entire top layer. This process tricks your body into thinking it has been injured, triggering a boost in the production of collagen. As new collagen is created, it works to fill in the scars on your face, leaving your skin smoother and healthy looking.
  • Duration – The procedure takes about 15 minutes
  • Side Effects – Redness and peeling for the first couple of weeks, but these will resolve on their own.
  • Downtime and Results – Requires very little downtime for recovery. You will begin to see your results within about a month after treatment, with your final results visible by about four to six months after the procedure.


  • Mechanism – PicoSure is a laser treatment, utilizing short-pulse lasers focused on the treatment area to deliver fast bursts of energy. These bursts are so quick that they can target the specific scar with no heat damage to the surrounding tissue.
  • Duration – The procedure takes about 15 minutes
  • Side Effects – Skin may appear pink for a few hours following treatment
  • Downtime and Results – No downtime is required, and results are immediate. Depending on the severity of your scars, you may need more than one treatment, but once you’ve completed the optimal number of sessions, you will be able to enjoy lasting results.

EndyMed Intensif

  • Mechanism – EndyMed Intensif utilizes a microneedle device to focus radiofrequency (RF) energy into your skin. The RF energy allows deep dermal penetration to stimulate collagen production without overheating or damaging your epidermal layer or any surrounding tissues.
  • Duration – Most sessions take between 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the severity of your scarring and the size of the treatment area.
  • Side Effects – There may be temporary redness and swelling, but they resolve on their own.
  • Downtime and Results – There is no downtime needed, and results appear gradually over the following months. You may only need one treatment to see noticeable results, but for optimal results, you may need more than one session.

Venus Concept

  • Mechanism – Venus Concept uses bipolar radiofrequency energy combined with magnetic pulses to stimulate growth factors as well as collagen and elastin.
  • Duration – The treatment takes less than an hour.
  • Side Effects – The procedure is virtually painless and offers no side effects.
  • Downtime and Results – There is no downtime, and most patients undergo a series of four to eight weekly sessions to achieve optimal results. Injectable fillers can also be used to enhance the treatment.

If you have noticeable scarring as a result of acne, it may be time to explore our minimally invasive skin resurfacing options at Sadick Dermatology. Call us today at 212-772-7242 to schedule an appointment for a consultation to determine what procedure will rejuvenate your skin and leave you looking as beautiful as you feel.

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