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Scar Removal

Even small scars can take a serious toll on your confidence, especially if they are difficult to conceal.

While you cannot completely remove scars, there are many treatments that can make them less noticeable.

What can scar removal do for me?

The Benefits of Scar Removal


For many patients, making scars less visible is the most significant benefit of treatment.

Improved Physical Comfort

If a scar restricts movement or causes pain, surgery or steroid injections can make you more comfortable.


Because scars can leave you overwhelmingly self-conscious, scar removal can significantly boost your confidence.

How can treatment remove my scar?

Right: Woman with shades on as she receives laser skin resurfacing treatment. Left: Woman with nearly invisible scar after treatment

Will people be able to tell that I had a scar?

Left: Healed but visible scar. Right: Nearly invisible scar Budgeting for Scar Removal

Depending on which option you choose, the cost of scar removal can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. The price is dependent upon the type of treatment and the scar: size, depth, and color all impact how well you respond to treatment and whether multiple sessions are necessary.

If you are hesitant to pursue treatment because of cost, talk to your doctor: they may be able to suggest options that better fit your budget.

Procedure Approximate Cost
IPL Photofacial $700 - $1,200
Chemical Peel $150 - $6,000
Microdermabrasion $75 - $200
Non-ablative Laser Resurfacing $1,114
Ablative Laser Resurfacing $2,124
Topical Ointment $5 - $50
Dermal Fillers $450 - $1,000 per syringe
Steroid Injections $75 - $500
Surgery $500 - $3,000

What does one of these treatments look like in action?

What can I expect during treatment?

Advanced Nonsurgical Options

Nonsurgical scar removal treatments your doctor can provide include:

IPL Photofacial

This light-based treatment is usually delivered in 30- to 60-minute sessions scheduled over several weeks. It is often recommended to those wishing to address acne scars ranging from minor to severe.

Chemical Peel

This chemical-based procedure is used to address facial scars. It can require one or more sessions, depending on the depth of the scar.


Scar reduction using microdermabrasion often takes several 15- to 30-minute visits, usually scheduled about one to two weeks apart. Dermabrasion, a more intensive form of the treatment, may be recommended for severe scars.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing may be recommended to treat mild facial scars. It typically takes 15 to 90 minutes per session.

Recovery can take a few days to two weeks, depending on the treatment. During this time, patients should moisturize regularly and avoid sun exposure.

What if these treatments are not right for me?

Other Treatments

There are many other options available for removing scars, including:

  • Topical treatments: Over-the-counter or prescription ointments or creams can be used to treat mild scars.
  • Injections: Steroid injections can flatten scars that project from the skin, and dermal fillers can add volume to concave scars to make them less prominent.
  • Surgical removal: This more invasive method is usually recommended for scarring that does not respond to other treatments, or scars that physically obstruct movement.

Talk to Your Doctor about Scar Reduction

Eliminating scars can enhance your appearance and help you to feel more self-assured and outgoing. Talk to a doctor to find out which type of scar reduction treatment can help you experience the confidence and comfort you deserve.

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