At OC MedDerm Dermatology office, located in Irvine, Orange County, you will be seen by our physician Dr. Parvin Shafa. She will evaluate you and tailor an acne scar treatment plan based on your needs and goals. There are multiple factors that must be considered before a treatment plan can be finalized. We offer a complimentary consultation to evaluate your skin and explore your treatment options with no obligation!

Feel free to call us to make an appointment for a Free Consultation or click here to Ask Questions. Learn more about the pros and cons of each treatment option.

Type of Acne Scars

Different types of acne scars need different types of treatment.

Ice Pick

Deep pitted scars with steep edges. Smaller version looks like large pores

Boxcar/Rolling (Atrophic) Scars

Looks like a depressed area, different shaped

Hypertrophic Acne Scars

Looks like raised area above surface of the skin, common on the back and chest

Available Acne Scar Treatments

Topical Products

Filler Injection

Lasers Acne Scar Removal

Chemical Peels, Deep


Deep Microneedling with PRP

Surgeries, Scar Excision


What is the best treatment for my acne scars?

Every patient is different. There are many different factors that dictate the plan of action for acne scar removal. The following are some common factors, among many others:

Severity of acne scar

Color of the skin

Color of acne scars, pink or brown discoloration

Skin thickness and age of the patient

Previous treatments performed

Type of acne scar, ice pick, boxcar, atrophic or hypertrophic scar

Depth of the scar

Location of the scar

History of keloid formation

Length of downtime allowed

Time frame available for procedure and recovery

Is there any associated disease such as autoimmune dz

Genetics or luck for a level of response to treatment

Cost will be considered as well

See us for a complimentary evaluation and education about acne scar removal options.

Feel free to Ask Questions or Call us to make an appointment for a complimentary consultation for your acne scar evaluation. Explore your options for your individual case.

We offer the following types of treatment for acne scar removal:

Gentle topical treatment options to improve mild acne scars

Corrective creams for acne scars and brown or red acne discoloration
Chemical peel: multiple superficial peels for gradual improvement with low downtime
Micro-needling, Dermapen

Aggressive collagen remodeling procedures to lift the scar

Medium depth peel, concentrated glycolic acid, salicylic acid or mild TCA
Full face ablative resurfacing CO2 laser is the gold standard laser to stimulate collagen remodeling and synthesis
Deep needling with PRP

Deep needling with PRP

Subcision to release tethering fibrotic scars
Punch excision of deep and small scars such as ice-pick scars
Subcision with filler and volume placement under acne scar
Pan-facial volume restoration is a generalized volumizing of the skin and face
Dermabrasion: for large area resurfacing
TCA CROSS for collagen stimulation and lifting of atrophic acne scar