Acne Surgery

At OC MedDerm, Dr. Shafa is an expert in using proper techniques for “acne surgery”. Some of our skin surgeries include manual active acne removal and acne scar correction, which is one of our signature services.

Mini surgery to treat active acne or acne scar

Acne surgery is the manual treatment of stubborn acne lesions or correction of acne scars surgically. These procedures are all performed by Dr. Shafa under sterile conditions. Having these procedures performed by an expert dermatologist ensures the best possible outcome cosmetically and comfort-wise. Procedures in our office will be performed with topical or local anesthesia if necessary so that you do not even feel your skin being touched.

Surgical Extraction of Acne, whitehead and blackhead removal



The above patient of ours was treated by topical cream and extraction.

For certain types of acne, such as whiteheads and blackheads with hard, large, dry contents, it is beneficial to remove the contents of the lesions manually. By doing so, we can achieve better and faster results. Afterward, we can prevent the formation of such skin lumps with proper acne treatment. Dr. Shafa uses a tiny, sterile device to extract whiteheads and blackheads with minimal to no discomfort. This procedure should only be performed by an expert, such as a physician, under sterile conditions.

Drainage of cystic acne

Some types of deep cystic acne respond slowly or poorly to medication alone. If needed, draining large, swollen, and infected cystic acne reduces the pain associated with the cysts. This helps the lesion heal faster and decreases the likelihood of permanent discoloration and scarring.


Microdermabrasion is another method of unplugging acne pores with a handheld device. It uses a unique technique to scrub the skin with a crystal or diamond tip, which is followed by suctioning tiny clogged pores with a vacuum device. Microdermabrasion also stimulates collagen formation in the skin, resulting in improving the appearance of acne scars over time. It also rejuvenates the skin and corrects discoloration.

Microdermabrasion can be used for types of acne that have many clogged pores and are not responsive to topical retinoic acid (like Retin-A or Tazorac), which unclogs the pores over a few weeks. Microdermabrasion should not be used if the skin has inflamed, red, swollen, pus-filled, tender lesions. This procedure can improve acne scar over time but, of course, is not as effective as other stronger acne scar treatment options.

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