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Getting acne scars removed at 16?

Q:

I am 16 years of age and although I don't have severe acne, I have been left with a large amount of ice pick scars on both of my cheeks. Once my skin is completely cleared (as a result of being placed on Accutane) I want to start looking into a laser skin peel. Would it be safe to get the procedure done at my age and is it even allowed?

A:

Before thinking of laser skin resurfacing, you must be off accutane for at least one year. Accutane interferes with wound healing and epithelialization of the skin.. Laser skin resurfacing may improve deep acne scars. The ideal patient is white with fair complexions.

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 Normally, you would want to be off the Accutane and your Acne inactive for at least one year prior to any surgical treatment for acne scars. Once, your acne is stable consider a consult with one of the many members of the ASAPS in your area for treatment of your acne scaring. Best,

 

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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