Acne Scar Treatment

Explore Long-Term Treatments to Improve the Beauty of Your Natural Skin

Acne Scar Treatments from a Leading Dermatologist in NYC

Your skin represents your own unique history and story, and acne scars may be a painful reminder of  past acne issues and the heightened self-consciousness associated with it. While some acne scars can be covered up with make-up, the uneven texture of the skin can still be apparent under certain overhead lighting. In the bright lights and big city of NYC, you may decide that acne scar treatment by an expertly trained dermatologist, aimed at long term reduction of your acne scarring is right for you. 

The results of acne scar treatments are heavily dependent on whom you choose for diagnosis and treatment, and their expertise and experience with specific types of treatments and skin types. It also depends on your physician’s aesthetic attention to detail. 

Acne scarring is one of the most common cosmetic concerns we treat at Wall Street Dermatology. We consider ourselves one of the leading specialists in Lower Manhattan across many different varieties of acne scar treatments, as seen in our before-and-after photos and satisfied patient testimonials. 

Dermatologist Dr. Julia Tzu on Acne Scar Treatment

Dr. Julia Tzu

“Acne scarring is one of the most satisfying treatments that I provide to my patients. It makes a huge difference in the way they look at themselves and the self confidence they are able to finally project to the world. People often do not realize that there are so many treatments that can safely and effectively improve the appearance of acne scars.”- Dr. Julia Tzu, MD, FAAD

Causes of Acne Scarring

Acne scarring occurs when damage from acne breakouts extends both superficially and deeply into the dermis of the skin.  Long after the acne has resolved, the discoloration and textural irregularities of the skin persist.

Acne scars can be broadly categorized into: 

  • Acne erythema: a red discoloration from early-stage acne scarring
  • Hypertrophic (or raised) scars: these are firm, pink, “bumpy” scars
  • Rolling scars: scars with a sweeping, depressed contour
  • Boxcar scars: scars with an abrupt drop-off depression
  • Ice pick scars: scars with deep, punctate, or “icepick” depression

These clinical categories are important because they direct the acne scar treatment methods.

There is no need  to self-diagnose. Your skin type, acne scar type, acne history will be evaluated during a cosmetic consultation booked with Dr. Tzu. 

What Are The Treatments for Removing Acne Scars?

The procedural treatments for acne scars include:

  • Acne Scar Subcision – Treatment that addresses skin indentation. Generally performed in combination with dermal fillers.
  • Micro-Needling – Treatment that addresses mild superficial scarring and textural irregularity
  • Laser Treatment – Treatment for discoloration and mild superficial scarring and textural irregularity
  • Punch Excision – Treatment that can be performed for ice-pick scarring

Which Acne Scar Treatment is Best For You?

The best treatment will depend on a thoughtful and thorough discussion between you and your dermatologist on your specific aesthetic concerns, medical history, previous treatments, and other individually specified limitations. A cosmetic consultation will be the first step to figuring out the best treatment for you.

How Much Does An Acne Scar Treatment Cost?

Acne scar treatment cost varies depending on the specific procedure performed, surface area treated, and severity of scarring. In general, acne scar treatment in NYC can range from $600-$2,200 per session. Multiple sessions are usually required for optimum outcomes.

Taking the Next Steps on Treating Acne Scarring

If you are interested in exploring what kinds of acne scar treatments may improve your specific skin situation, you can learn more about booking a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Tzu at Wall Street Dermatology. We’d love to explore how we may be able to restore the natural beauty of your skin.

Actual Reviews from Our Acne Scar Treatment Patients


Dr Tzu is truly an acne scar treatment specialist. I received a subscision with filler treatment on the moderate rolling scars and overall bad texture on both cheeks and sides of my chin. I have combined this treatment with regular derma rolling and TCA peels and have results I never in a million years would have dreamed possible.

Real Self, 2017


I was referred to Dr. Tzu by my dermatologist and cannot be happier with the service and results. I have significant acne scarring and have tried everything from chemical peels to laser treatment, but none of these approaches have been effective. I had subcision with fillers with Dr. Tzu yesterday, and I’m so happy with the results already. Even more, Dr. Tzu took time to get to know me and my concerns and answer questions. I feel she is emphatic and genuinely cares about my well being. I’m looking forward to my follow-up appointments and continuing with her practice. Dr. Tzu is really the best of the best, and I highly recommend her.

Yelp, Sept. 2020