For moderate acne scars, how do doctors determine how much improvement is realistically possible as I wish to get rid of them completely? (photo)

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Realistically, 25-50% improvement will be achievable with combination acne scar therapy (these include subcision, scar revision, fractional CO2 lasering, fractional microneedle RF and fractional picosecond lasering) for moderately severe acne.

Generally, after treatment, scars will still be present but will look less obvious, less deep and less craggy.

Complete removal of acne scars is not possible even with repeated treatments and with the “best” treatments.

Hope this helps!

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For better results, is it advisable to undergo acne scar treatment when younger and in my 20s, as opposed to when I am in my 30s or 40s?

Hi, The most important age factor to consider when to undergo acne scar treatment is not the age per say but when the acne is no longer active. This is because continued active acne will result in new scars and undo the benefits of the acne scar treatment. For some patients, active acne may persist way into their 20’s and even 30’s. In my experience, the clinical response to acne scar treatment is quite similar when treatment is done in the 20’s or in the 30-40’s. Hope this helps!

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