What Is The Best Way To Improve My Acne Scars?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I want to have CO2 laser resurfacing to reduce my facial scaring and would like to explore the possiblities of custom facial implants and a subtle chin dimple. The look I seek to obtain would be simular to Mario Lopez. Attached are some pictures of my face so you can see the acne scarring.

A: The question in any facial acne patient is how much scar reduction can be achieved and what is the best method to do so. Your pictures show a rolling hill-type pattern of acne acne scars across the cheeks. These would not be able to be improved by laser resurfacing. Rather they are best treated by a technique known as subcision and fat grafting where the base of the scars are released and then filled underneath with a fat filler. This is best way to make rolling hill acne scars have less indentation. Whether you would need custom implants to achieve your desired look is up for discussion. Chin dimples are straightforward and subtle is always a more achieveable result than a deep dimple.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianpolis, Indiana