Can Laser Skin Resurfacing Help Diminish Acne Scars?

By: Dr. Jerry Chidester


Age and sun damage aren’t the only things that can leave their mark on the skin. Acne — something most of us will struggle with at least some time in our lives — can often cause lingering discoloration, pitting, and even scars that can remain visible for decades or longer. For men and women who are self-conscious about acne scarring and other flaws in their complexion, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jerry Chidester and our certified laser technician at The Plastics Clinic are proud to offer advanced laser skin resurfacing in South Jordan, UT. With laser skin resurfacing, the unwanted reminders of acne — as well as a variety of other skin concerns — can be greatly reduced, helping patients to achieve smoother, younger-looking skin they can feel confident about.

Why does some acne leave scars?

Acne scars form due to the skin's natural healing process after a breakout. When the skin's collagen production is disrupted during an acne lesion's healing, it can result in depressions or raised areas, which may or may not be discolored. The type of scar depends on factors like skin type, severity of acne, and genetics.

How can I get rid of acne scars?

Because many acne scars can be textured, pitted, and discolored, it is often difficult to conceal them fully with makeup alone. Additionally, over-the-counter skin products and non-medical-grade facials may not be powerful enough to make a noticeable difference in your acne scars. For many patients, laser skin resurfacing offers the most effective and convenient solution for smoothing and minimizing the appearance of acne scarring.

How does laser skin resurfacing work for acne scars?

At our state-of-the-art South Jordan, UT, facility, our certified laser technicians perform laser skin resurfacing using the cutting-edge Alma Hybrid™ system, which pairs non-ablative and CO2 energies to destroy damaged layers of skin and boost the production of collagen, elastin, and new, healthy skin cells. For patients with visible acne scarring, laser skin resurfacing can help to create a smoother, more even complexion.

What else does laser skin resurfacing help with?

Laser skin resurfacing is a highly versatile treatment that can be used to greatly improve the skin’s overall complexion and to reduce specific types of skin damage and imperfections. Some of the more common skin concerns that laser skin resurfacing may be considered appropriate and effective for include:

  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Enlarged pores
  • Acne scarring
  • Rough skin texture
  • Scaly skin
  • Patchy skin
  • Age spots
  • Redness
  • Pigmentation issues

For most patients, desired results can be achieved in just 1 – 2 laser resurfacing treatment sessions, with routine maintenance treatments helping the skin to look its best over the long term.

Is laser skin resurfacing safe for dark skin?

Patients with very dark skin tones, active acne outbreaks, and other specific conditions or skin types may not be eligible for laser skin resurfacing. However, our knowledgeable team can help recommend an alternative treatment or skin care plan that can help you achieve the complexion you desire.

Smooth away unwanted reminders of acne with laser skin resurfacing in South Jordan, UT

Are you tired of living with the painful reminders of adolescent acne and wish for smoother, clearer skin? If so, laser skin resurfacing may benefit you. For more information on whether you may be a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing, call The Plastics Clinic in South Jordan, UT, to schedule your consultation with one of our experienced providers — under the direction of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jerry Chidester — today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.