Acne Scars Specialist

Kalia Dermatology & Laser Center

Dermatologists located in Los Gatos, CA

Scars are one of the most common skin flaws, and acne scars are among the most common types of scarring. While some people don’t feel bothered by the appearance of their scars, others view these aesthetic abnormalities as an intrusion in their day-to-day life. At Kalia Dermatology and Laser Center in Los Gatos, California, renowned dermatologist Dr. Iris Gin and her first-rate team offer a variety of treatments designed to improve the appearance of acne scars and other surface irregularities. They serve patients from across the San Francisco Bay area.

Acne Scars Q & A

What are acne scars?

Acne scars are often the result of severe or chronic breakouts, which can damage both the surface of your skin and the tissues beneath. As a breakout clears up, your body produces collagen to support the healing process. If your body happens to overproduce collagen, it can cause you to develop raised acne scars, the kind that are most commonly seen along the chest and back. When your body produces too little collagen, it can cause you to develop depressed acne scars, or the small pits along the surface of your skin that are commonly seen on the face.

Dr. Gin and her team use a variety of advanced treatments to target acne scarring, including fractional laser resurfacing, chemical peels, and microneedling rejuvenation.

What is fractional laser resurfacing?

Dr. Gin uses laser skin resurfacing to target acne scars and diminish their appearance. Laser technology works by delivering precision light beams deep into the dermis of your skin, where it causes miniscule perforations in the scar tissue. This triggers your body’s healing response, which stimulates collagen growth and helps tighten underlying tissues. This technique is a good choice for patients who want to reduce the appearance of widespread acne scarring. It can be used on your back and chest as well as your face. Fractional laser treatments promote healthier, smoother looking skin with few side effects, and usually require little or no recovery time.  

What are chemical peels?

This treatment involves the application of a chemical solution, or “peel” to your facial skin. It’s designed to gently peel away the top layer of your skin to reduce the appearance of skin damage, including uneven skin tone, fine lines, and acne scars. The chemical solution may be applied lightly or rubbed more forcefully, depending on your needs and the overall goal of your treatment.

Dr. Gin uses Vitalize Peel®, one of the safest, strongest chemical peels available, to give patients a complete and predictable chemical peel treatment with little down time. Vitalize Peel is designed to exfoliate your skin, give you a softer, smoother complexion, and allow your skin care products to penetrate more effectively.

How does microneedling work?

Microneedling involves using small needles to create micro-wounds on the surface of your skin to stimulate the production of collagen and new skin. This cutting-edge treatment can be used to improve the appearance of acne scarring, as well as stretch marks and wrinkles. Because the tiny wounds created by microneedling are very superficial, the procedure requires nothing more than topical numbing creams. At Kalia Dermatology and Laser Center, microneedling is performed by a licensed RN under Dr. Gin’s supervision, as is required by law.

*Individual Results May Vary