Treating Acne Scars with Dr. Reichel

I'm currently suffering from acne scars on my cheeks.I've undergone 2 treatments with fraxel laser but am still not satisfied with the result. Can you give me your opinion?


Hi MB,

Thank you for your question.

Treating Acne scars can be difficult, and definitely requires some persistence. I would be so happy to see you to evaluate your cheeks, give you my opinion, and help make a plan for you.

The Fraxel Restore resurfacing laser is a great laser for acne scarring on the face. It does take more than one treatment. I tell most patients that it will be at least a series of 4 treatments.  I have some patients that we have done 8 or more Fraxel treatments for acne scarring. Other options can include chemical peels, or other resurfacing lasers (such as the fractional CO2 laser). I usually reserve chemical peels for patients with mild scarring that are willing to come in every 2-3 months for treatment. The chemical peels that we use here at Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center are superficial to medium depth.

The fractional CO2 laser (Total FX by Lumenis) can be a great option for acne scarring, but there is increased risk if you have a darker skin type. There is also more down-time with the CO2 laser.

For some patients, we will also do filler (such as Restylane) under the scars to help decrease the depth of the scars.

Again – I would be very happy to see you. Please schedule a consultation – 206-859-5777.
Thank you.

Jennifer Reichel MD
Director, Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center
11011 Meridian Avenue N Ste 102
Seattle, WA 98133
ph 206.859.5777


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