Choose from a variety of non-surgical treatments for scars from acne, surgery, or injury.

Few if any of us get through life without a few scars. A natural part of the healing process, scars can form after injury and surgery, but also as a result of acne, chicken pox, and other conditions. Some scars we don’t even notice, some we may even be proud of, but if a scar prevents you from feeling confident in your appearance, it’s time to do something about it.

Our medically-trained providers at La Jolla Cosmetic Medical Spa are highly trained and experienced in non-surgical scar repair and offer a variety of treatment options to minimize or even erase scars on the face and body safely and effectively.

Types of scars we can treat at LJCMS:

  • Acne scars (“ice pick”scars)
  • Surgical scars
  • Scars from injury or trauma
  • Chicken pox scars
  • Hypertrophic scars
  • Keloid scars
  • Indented scars

Some areas of the body, including the jawline, ears, chest/breasts, shoulders, upper back, and legs are more prone to scars that heal poorly or don’t fade completely. We can treat any of these areas with the options below.

Scar Treatment Options

Your provider will help you choose the most appropriate scar treatment based on the size, cause, location and nature of your scar, your natural skin tone, and your personal needs and goals. We always provide a free consultation prior to treatment to allow you to make a confident decision.

Laser treatments for pigmented scars

Our pulsed-dye VBeam Perfecta laser can get great results for treating discolored or highly conspicuous red or pink scars, as well as port wine stains and birthmarks. The light emitted by the VBeam laser absorbs excess pink, red, and brown pigments, helping the treated skin match more closely to your natural skin tone. As a non-ablative laser, the VBeam requires little to no downtime.

For brown pigmentation, BBL (broadband light) treatments can achieve very good results. BBL works similarly to the VBeam, except it emits a broader spectrum of light wavelengths to effectively catch brown pigments.

Scars that appear white because they lack pigmentation (called hypopigmentation) can be more difficult to treat. In these cases, we may suggest tattooing, medication, or another treatment protocol.

ProFractional laser treatments for hypertrophic and keloid scars

Some people have a hereditary trait that causes their scars to heal poorly and develop what is called a hypertrophic scar, or in more severe cases a keloid scar.

Keloid scars can become very red, swollen, tender and may even worsen with time instead of healing or grow beyond the original scar border. Hypertrophic scars also appear raised and pink or red, but typically do not spread beyond the original scar location.

ProFractional laser resurfacing can be very effective for treating elevated, bumpy, or “ropey” scars. This laser ablates (removes) a portion of the outer skin layers, which induces collagen remodeling. After a ProFractional treatment, skin heals more smoothly and lighter in color. Average downtime is 3 to 5 days, and most patients need 4 to 6 treatments for hypertrophic or keloid scars.

If necessary, one of our Physician Assistants may prescribe or inject medication such as Kenalog or 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), which “turns off” scar-forming cells. This can be very helpful to flatten more severe hypertrophic or keloid scars, as well as to reduce pain and discomfort.

Treatments for indented scars

Dermal fills, such as Restylane® or Juvéderm®, can be fantastic options to hide indented scars. Treatment is very quick, and fillers can last up to 1 year or longer before re-treatment is necessary. Additionally, fillers have been shown to help increase collagen production, which may help improve your scar naturally over time, so you require less filler with subsequent treatments. Sharply defined craters and ice pick scars may be treated with a small excision procedure.

Surgical scar removal

In some cases, surgical excision may be the most appropriate option. While surgery will leave its own scar, the incision made by a skilled, experienced plastic surgeon is much thinner and less conspicuous than the original scar, and it should fade significantly with proper aftercare. Visit our cosmetic surgery site,, for more information about our board certified plastic surgeons.

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