Scar Treatment Overview

Scars on an individual’s skin, no matter how big or small, are often a great cause of concern as they tend to affect confidence. At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, our world-renowned experts are leaders in the field of laser treatments for the removal of stubborn trauma, surgical, and acne scars, and we’re confident in our ability to bring our patients healthy and radiant skin.

Scars on the skin can happen as a result of numerous factors. Most commonly, patients seek the help of a dermatologist when they are experiencing one of the following:

All three types of scars look very different. An acne scar may come in a number of sizes and depths, with some being called ‘ice-pick’ scars and others being small red pockmarks. A surgical scar can form after a patient undergoes surgery and is usually raised slightly above the skin. Scars from trauma can leave discoloration and an uneven texture. Fortunately, our dermatology center in San Diego is home to over 45 lasers to help bring patients the best results for smooth skin possible.

Treatment Options

San Diego Scar Reduction

At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, our team of dermatologists is pleased to offer patients the largest selection of lasers in the country, many of which are ideal for diminishing body and facial scarring.

Fractional Laser Resurfacing

Fraxel Laser Resurfacing is widely known as one of the best laser treatments for the diminishment of body and facial scars. Due to it’s targeted therapy, the laser can be adjusted to treat almost every kind of scar, be it acne, surgical, or trauma related.

Laser resurfacing works to penetrate deep within the skin and scar to rejuvenate the appearance by providing an evener skin texture, tone, and color. Though patients may see excellent results after just one treatment, sometimes multiple office visits are necessary depending on the severity of scars present.

SCAAR FX by Lumenis

As the newest addition to the UltraPulse fractional C02 laser, SCAAR FX has unparalleled capabilities that allow it to achieve advanced resurfacing for severe scarring. Deep skin conditions can be treated with this laser to improve, repair, and enhance the condition of the skin.

Until recently, fractional resurfacing treatments have only been able to penetrate 1mm under the skin. While such treatments are effective for more superficial damage, they do not adequately address extensive scarring. SCAAR FX offers numerous benefits for patients who have deep scars that have damaged the skin and limit healthy movement. SCAAR FX treats severe skin lesions that require synergistic coagulation and ablation for advanced resurfacing.

The newly FDA approved PicoSure Laser has also been proven effective for the successful diminishment of both acne and surgical scars.


3 Months Post PDT Scar Removal Treatment
ResurFX Laser Treatment for Acne Scars
Before and After Treatment for Facial Scars
Acne Scar Treatment with Fraxel Re:Store
Restylane Defyne injections used to smooth out acne scars by Dr. Wu
Facial scar revision using Vbeam and Fraxel by Dr. Groff
Facial scar revision using Vbeam and Fraxel by Dr. Groff


Acne Scar Consultation with Dr. Goldman (2:38)
Bike Accident Victim Scar Reduction (2:12)
Treating Acne Scars with Clear + Brilliant (1:38)
Scar Removal after Breast Surgery with Dr. Goldman (3:52)


Q: Will my scar treatment results be permanent?

A: Yes. Any improvement in the skins texture appreciated by a laser treatment in San Diego will be permanent. To see the best results, it’s a good idea to partake in a maintenance skin care routine, which will be discussed when your treatment plan is developed. It’s important to remember that picking or poking at scars or skin after your treatment may jeopardize the outcomes.

Q: Who should perform laser treatments for scars?

A: It’s best to have a board certified dermatologist perform any laser treatments on the skin, as they have the greatest level of education and knowledge in treating dermatologic conditions. Our doctors are all board certified dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons, meaning we have a unique level of expertise to provide our patients with the best results possible.

Q: What type of laser treatment will be best for my scars?

A: This greatly depends on which type of scars you have. During your initial consultation with one of our five board certified dermatologists in San Diego, we’ll be able to address your unique concerns to provide an accurate and optimal treatment plan

Q: What will the cost of my scar treatment be?

A: The cost of your scar treatment will depend greatly on the area treated, the type of laser used, and how many treatments are necessary for optimal results. Our doctors are extremely confident that we’ll be able to develop the best plan for you at a competitive price.


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The information available on this website is provided for informational purposes only. This information is not intended to replace a medical consultation where a physician's judgment may advise you about specific disorders, conditions and/or treatment options. We hope the information will be useful for you to become more educated about your health care decisions.

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