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Can atrophic acne scars be treated with chemical peels? Plastic Surgeon in Los AngelesDr. Raffy Karamanoukian - Ch

Acne Scar Treatment in Santa Monica


Atrophic acne scars and depressed acne scars can cause a contour deformity on the surface of the skin.  Acne scars can occur on the face and the body and cause problems with skin contour and skin complexion.  Often these acne scars can be associated with skin discoloration and skin darkening.  Acne scars can be treated with topical creams and chemical peels, in addition to laser surfacing, RF Sublation, and acne surgery.  Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian, a Santa Monica plastic surgeon, performs acne scar revision for treatment of acne for all types of acne scars.


The mainstay of treatment in our office is the Melarase creams (Melarase AM and Melarase PM) and Melapads to remove skin discoloration and even up skin tone.  These creams can be used to even the skin tone and improve the overall quality of the skin.  Melarase creams can improve skin quality and can reduce the appearance of dark acne scars. In addition chemical peels are used in our office, including TCA, Glycolic, Lactic Acid, phenol, Jessner's, and Salicylic peels to improve the quality of acne scarred skin.  Chemical peel helps exfoliate skin and remove dead impurities from the skin and pore surface.  In doing so, the skin can be refreshed and the surface of the skin improves.  Deeper chemical peels can be used for the treatment of deeper acne scars, depending on the depth of acid penetration within the skin.  Chemical peels have variable downtime with some patients having one to two days of light peeling whereas others have seven to ten days off deep peeling and redness.  For a chemical peel in Los Angeles, please call our office at 310-998-5533.


Our office also utilizes the Syneron Ematrix treatment for acne scars. Ematrix uses a technology known as sublative RF, in which energy is delivered to the middle to deep dermis in order to stimulate collagen production. We have found Ematrix to be very well tolerated and have seen excellent short and longterm results. Ematrix Sublation uses RF energy in a fractional format to help improve skin contour, atrophic skin, and deep acne scars. The main benefit of Ematrix is that it does not require significant downtime or recovery when compared to other lasers such as fractional CO2, Fraxel, and laser resurfacing. 


Melapads for acne scars and dark discoloration resulting from PIH and hormones

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