Scar Treatment Overview

Aculpulse and Vbeam laser used to treat scar above the mouth by Dr. Groff. Treatment leaves scar virtually undetectable.

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 removing 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:

  • Acne Scars – come in various sizes and depths with some being called ‘ice-pick’ scars and others being small red pockmarks.
  • Trauma Scars – can leave discoloration and an uneven texture after an injury or severe break in the skin.
  • Surgical Scars – can form after a patient undergoes surgery and is usually raised slightly above the skin.

All three types of scars look very different and require treatments tailored to their tone, texture, depth, and level of damage to your skin. Fortunately, our dermatology center in San Diego is home to over 50 lasers to help bring patients the best results for smooth skin possible. Contact us today to schedule personalized scar treatment.

Treatment Options

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.

Dr. Wu is using Clear + Brilliant on his patient to treat her acne scars, San Diego, CA.

Fractional Laser Resurfacing

Fractional Laser Resurfacing is one of the best laser treatments for diminishing body and facial scars. Due to its 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.

Popular fractional laser devices our board-certified dermatologists use include:

Active/Deep FX

Active FX targets the outer layer of the skin, inducing collagen production and addressing fine lines, while Deep FX penetrates deeper into the dermis, treating more profound wrinkles and scars through stimulation of collagen remodeling. Combined, these fractional laser treatments provide comprehensive skin resurfacing with varying depths of penetration.

Radiofrequency (RF) Microneedling

Potenza RF microneedling targets acne scars by employing tiny needles that puncture the skin, creating micro-injuries. Simultaneously, radiofrequency energy is delivered into the deeper layers, stimulating collagen production and promoting skin remodeling to improve the appearance of acne scars.

ResurFX

The ResurFX system targets scars by utilizing non-ablative photo-fractional laser technology, penetrating deep into the lower dermis without damaging the skin surface. With a single pass of the handpiece, it efficiently stimulates collagen production and initiates the skin’s healing process, offering a quicker and safer approach to scar reduction with comparable or superior results to other fractional resurfacing systems.

Picosure

Picosure targets scars by employing picosecond laser technology, delivering ultra-short pulses of energy to break down scar tissue without causing extensive heat damage to surrounding skin. This innovative approach stimulates collagen remodeling and promotes the gradual fading of scars, offering a more precise and less invasive solution for scar revision.

Vbeam

Vbeam targets scars using pulsed dye laser technology, which emits a concentrated beam of light that is absorbed by the hemoglobin in blood vessels within the scar tissue. This process reduces redness, promotes collagen production, and enhances the overall appearance of scars, making Vbeam an effective option for scar treatment.

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.

Photos

Vbeam and Acupulse used to treat scar on face of female patient by Dr. Groff. Vbeam and Acupulse used to treat scar on face of female patient by Dr. Groff
Vbeam and Acupulse used to treat scar on face of female patient by Dr. Groff. Vbeam and Acupulse used to treat scar on face of female patient by Dr. Groff
Vbeam and Acupulse used to treat scar on face of female patient by Dr. Groff. Vbeam and Acupulse used to treat scar on face of female patient by Dr. Groff
Vbeam and Acupulse used to treat scar on face of female patient by Dr. Groff. Vbeam and Acupulse used to treat scar on face of female patient by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Fraxel laser and photodynamic therapy to treat acne by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel laser and photodynamic therapy for acne by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after VBeam laser treatment for scar removal by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed Before and after VBeam treatment for scar removal by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Fraxel treatment for shoulder scars by Dr. Fabi Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed Before and after Fraxel to treat scars on the shoulder by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Acupulse laser to treat a scar from a rugby accident by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Acupulse laser to treat scar by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after pulsed dye laser to treat a hypertrophic scar on a 6-month old baby by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed. Before and after pulsed dye laser treatment on 6-month old baby by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after laser treatment for scar reduction by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser treatment for dog bite scar by Dr. Goldman
VBeam for Scarring by Dr. Monica Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. VBeam for Scarring by Dr. Monica Boen
Customized Laser Treatment for Scar by Dr. Douglas Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Customized Laser Treatment for Scar by Dr. Douglas Wu
Acupulse, Fraxel Re:Store, and VBeam for Scar on Hand by Dr. William Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Acupulse, Fraxel Re:Store, and VBeam for Scar on Hand by Dr. William Groff
Vbeam and Acupulse for Scar by Dr. William Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. VBeam and Acupulse for Scar by Dr. William Groff
Vbeam and ResurFX for Scar Treatment by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Vbeam and ResurFX for Scar Treatment by Dr. Wu
ResurFX to treat scar on nose by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. ResurFX to treat scar on nose by Dr. Goldman
ResurFX to treat scar on nose by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. ResurFX to treat scar on nose by Dr. Goldman
Sculptra and Acupulse to treat forehead scar by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Sculptra and Acupulse to treat forehead scar by Dr. Goldman
Sculptra and Acupulse to treat forehead scar by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Sculptra and Acupulse to treat forehead scar by Dr. Goldman
Vbeam and Fraxel Restore to treat the nose scar of a female patient by Dr. Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Vbeam and Fraxel Restore to Treat Nose Scar by Dr. Boen
Vbeam and Fraxel Restore to treat the nose scar of a female patient by Dr. Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Vbeam and Fraxel Restore to Treat Nose Scar by Dr. Boen
Vbeam and Fraxel Restore to treat the nose scar of a female patient by Dr. Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Vbeam and Fraxel Restore to Treat Nose Scar by Dr. Boen
Vbeam and Fraxel lasers used to treat brachioplasty scar under the arm (4 treatments) by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Vbeam and Fraxel lasers used to treat brachioplasty scar under the arm (4 treatments) by Dr. Groff
Vbeam and Fraxel lasers used to treat brachioplasty scar under the arm (4 treatments) by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Vbeam and Fraxel lasers used to treat brachioplasty scar under the arm (4 treatments) by Dr. Groff
Vbeam, Acupulse, and Kenalog Injection to treat the scar of a female patient by Dr. Boen. Vbeam, Acupulse, and Kenalog Injection to treat the scar of a female patient by Dr. Boen
Fraxel Dual laser to treat scar on cheek by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Fraxel Dual laser to treat scar on cheek by Dr. Groff
CO2 and Erbium lasers to treat Xanthelasma around the eyes by Dr. Groff. CO2 and Erbium lasers to treat Xanthelasma around the eyes by Dr. Groff
CO2 and Erbium lasers to treat Xanthelasma around the eyes by Dr. Groff. CO2 and Erbium lasers to treat Xanthelasma around the eyes by Dr. Groff
CO2 and Erbium lasers to treat Xanthelasma around the eyes by Dr. Groff. CO2 and Erbium lasers to treat Xanthelasma around the eyes by Dr. Groff
Aculpulse CO2 and Vbeam laser used to remove scar above mouth by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Acupulse CO2 and Vbeam laser used to remove scar by Dr. Groff
Aculpulse CO2 and Vbeam laser used to remove scar above mouth by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Acupulse CO2 and Vbeam laser used to remove scar by Dr. Groff
Vbeam and RF microneedling to treat acne scarring by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Vbeam and RF microneedling to treat acne scarring by Dr. Wu
Vbeam and Fraxel lasers to treat scar on forehead by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Vbeam and Fraxel lasers to treat scar on forehead by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Restylane injections to treat marionette lines and acne scars by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Restylane injections to treat marionette lines and acne scars by Dr. Fabi
Cynergy and ResurFX lasers to treat forehead scar by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Cynergy and ResurFX lasers to treat forehead scar by Dr. Goldman
Vbeam and Fraxel used to reduce forehead scar on female patient by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Vbeam and Fraxel to Treat Forehead Scar by Dr. Groff
Vbeam and Fraxel used to reduce forehead scar on female patient by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Vbeam and Fraxel to Treat Forehead Scar by Dr. Groff
RF microneedling to treat acne and acne scars by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. RF Microneedling to Treat Acne by Dr. Wu
Laser treatment to remove scar from patient's leg by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Laser Treatment to Remove Scar from Leg by Dr. Wu
Laser treatment to revise scars on male patient's leg by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Laser Treatment to Remove Scars from Leg by Dr. Wu
Intracel RF microneedling for treatment of hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Intracel RF Microneedling to treat hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu
Intracel RF microneedling for treatment of hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Intracel RF microneedling for treating hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu
Vbeam and Fraxel lasers to address forehead scar by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Scar revision using Vbeam and Fraxel lasers by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and after Restylane Defyne for acne scars by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Restylane Defyne for acne scars by Dr. Wu
Actual unretouched patient before and after Vbeam and Fraxel to treat facial scars by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Treatment for facial scars using Vbeam and Fraxel by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and after Vbeam and Fraxel for facial scars by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Vbeam and Fraxel for facial scars with Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after VBeam and Fraxel Dual laser treatment for scar reduction by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed Before and after VBeam and Fraxel Dual treatment to reduce scars by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Vbeam and Fraxel to treat forehead scar by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed Before and after Vbeam and Fraxel to treat forehead scar by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and after Bellafill injections to treat acne scars by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Bellafill injections to treat acne scar by Dr. Wu
Actual unretouched patient before and after Bellafill injections to treat acne scars by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Bellafill injections to treat acne scars by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after laser treatments for dog bite scars by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser treatment for dog bite scar by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after laser treatment for dog bite scar by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser treatment for dog bite scar by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after laser treatment for dog bite scar by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser treatment for dog bite scar by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after laser treatment for scar reduction by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser treatment for scar reduction by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after ResurFX laser treatment for chickenpox scars by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and After ResurFX laser to treat chickenpox scars by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after ResurFX laser to treat acne scars by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after ResurFX laser to treat acne scars by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after ResurFX laser treatment for acne scars on the back by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after ResurFX laser to reduce acne scars on the back by Dr. Wu

Videos

Lasers at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology
Lasers, Lasers, Lasers: A Cosmetic Laser Dermatology Webinar With Dr. William Groff
Acne Scar Consultation with Dr. Goldman (2:38)
Bike Accident Victim Scar Reduction (2:12)
Scar Removal after Breast Surgery with Dr. Goldman (3:52)

FAQs

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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