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What are ice-pick acne scars? Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles

Acne Scar Treatments in Santa Monica


There are different types of acne scars that occur on the face and body.  The two main categories of acne scars include atrophic acne scars and hypertrophic acne scars.  Atrophic acne scars are usually hollowed out areas of the skin caused by a loss of dermal integrity as a result of inflammation or cystic acne.  Ice-pick acne scars have a very low width to depth ratio and are difficult to treat.  Ice-pick scars can show up on the face and are usually seen as narrow width and deep scars on the face that cause a pitted appearance.  Although acne scars come in all different shapes and contours, ice-pick scars can be found alone or in combination with other types of acne scars, including boxcar acne scars, valley acne scars, and rolling acne scars. 


There are many different treatments for ice-pick acne scars including the fractional CO2 laser performed by Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian, a Santa Monica plastic surgeon and expert in acne scar treatment.  Our office offers acne scar revision in Santa Monica and Los Angeles.  Ice-pick scars can also be treated with a combination of fractional CO2 laser as well as acne surgery. 


Another excellent acne scar option available in our Santa Monica office located on Montana Avenue is a treatment that is known as Ematrix Sublation, which uses a novel non-laser RF treatment to help improve acne scars. Ematrix uses a revolutionary sublative technique that does not lead to significant downtime or recovery when compared to fractional co2, Fraxel laser, or acne scar surgery. 


Our board certified Los Angeles plastic surgeon can provide you with options for ice-picked scars including subcision surgery or acne surgery.  Treatments are safe and effective and reduce the appearance of acne scars.  To schedule a consultation in our Los Angeles plastic surgery office, please call Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian at 310-998-5533.

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