Acne Scars

Author: Dr. Bobby Buka

People, young and old, combat acne at different stages of their lives. There is no avoiding acne, although it affects people in different ways. Unfortunately, along with acnes come scars.

Causes of Acne Scars

The deep inflammation that happens when there is active acne can cause scarring.  Some people are more prone to acne scars than others. There is no telling which pimple will leave a scar, as the ones that seem most harmless can scar the most. In some cases, doctors have found that there may possibly be a genetic component as the tendency for acne scars appears to run in families.

Different Types of Acne Scars

There are four different types of acne scars.

Ice Pick Scar – deep, narrow scars extending through the epidermis to the dermis.
Boxcar Scar – annular or oval depressions, wider than ice picks, but shallower.
Rolling Scar – wave-like undulations across healthy skin.
Keloid or Hypertrophic Scar – thick, raised scars, usually on the back or face.

Acne Scar Treatments

In New York City, there are many options for patients who are exploring acne scar treatment. Dr. Bobby Buka offers a variety of options to choose from, ranging from dermabrasion and subcision, to pulsed dye laser and fractional CO2 resurfacing laser. The treatment applied generally depends on the type of scar that needs to be treated, however, a secondary factor is the patient’s skin type. The procedures are safe for all people, although acne scar treatment may be more difficult to treat for patients with darker skin.

Dr. Bobby Buka is standing by for a consultation with patients to determine the right treatment plan.