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Syracuse Residents Ask: How to Get Rid of Acne Scarring

Laser Skin Resurfacing in Syracuse, Rochester, and Ithaca, NYAcne scars form when the body generates collagen fibers to heal damage to the dermis caused by inflammation and bacteria. Collagen restructuring is a technique for camouflaging scar tissue.

Acne Scar Formation

Human skin is exquisitely designed to protect against environmental damage. The immune system includes millions of pilosebaceous units, more commonly referred to as pores, that keep the surface of the skin lubricated. In a healthy pore, oil in a sebaceous gland is released onto the hair shaft, and the arrector pili muscle contracts to make the hair stand. Under ideal circumstances, this process within the body is effective, yet the microscopic design is susceptible to external factors that disrupt healthy operation. Specifically, impurities and dead skin cells may penetrate and clog the pore. Oil and bacteria are trapped inside the pore, and the skin develops a blemish. If the pore is engorged, the wall of the follicle may break open, leaking infected material into the dermis and causing damage. The body repairs the damage with new collagen fibers. In some cases, the volume of new collagen fibers is reduced, causing an inward scar. In other cases, the body may produce too many collagen fibers, resulting in an elevated scar on the skin surface.

Collagen Restructuring for Acne Scars

Collagen restructuring is best suited for hypertrophic scars. Laser skin resurfacing with fractionated ablative laser technologies removes the scar tissue and initiates the development of new collagen fibers. Because the damage to the skin is not as extensive as the original infection, the new collagen fibers are formed in a manner that makes the scar less visible. Tissues take seven to 10 days to heal after laser skin resurfacing treatment.

Dermal Fillers for Acne Scars

Dermal fillers that contain hyaluronic acid may be used for treating atrophic scars. The hyaluronic acid and other ingredients in these products add volume to the dermis to fill in the scar void. Downtime is not required, and the procedures produce an immediate improvement to the appearance of the acne scars.

Schedule a Consultation for Acne Scar Treatment. Contact Natural Face Clinics.

Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Sang W. Kim, offers advanced treatments for atrophic and hypertrophic acne scars. To learn more, contact us to schedule a consultation.


Dr. Sang W. Kim

Harvard Trained, Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

Sang W Kim, MD is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery, nasal/sinus surgery, and hair restoration surgery.

I was working in Central New York and had an upcoming event and needed to get 2 areas of Dystport done. They were able to accommodate my schedule( as it was short notice) Dr. Kim’s entire staff was so friendly and welcoming!! During the procedure , even Nurse Dan held my hand and kept me smiling the whole time!! I was incredibly impressed with Dr Kim as he made sure he took the time to explain the process as well as not “ being rushed” something I have experienced with previous Doctors. I live in Florida but will be seeing Dr Kim from now on, and will be recommending their office to my fellow New Yorkers! It’s been almost 2 weeks since my appointment and the results are amazing!!! So happy! Thank you so much Dr Kim, Mary and the rest of the staff !

- michele goodwin

Dr. Kim is a world-class facial plastic surgeon. I’ve been to the top surgeons in the country from Beverly Hills to Miami and I found Dr. Kim to be superior. His face and neck lift were flawless and so natural that no one could tell I had anything done, but everyone said I looked ten years younger. As Syracuse is a discreet location, I would highly recommend anyone who wants a top notch face and neck lift to fly in. His bedside manner is as fantastic as his work. I can’t recommend Dr. Kim enough. I think he is the best Facial plastic surgeon in the country.

- Shelly Cohen

I am very happy with Dr. Kim and all of his staff. Not only did I have a surgical procedure done but I also go there every week for allergy shots and they couldn't be nicer. And Dr. Kim is awesome - - great bedside manner! I highly recommend them!!!

- Sheila Guenette

57 years old and wanted to start my new path in life retired...not looking tired! I did extensive research and sought out 5 surgeon recommendations. I was extremely impressed with Dr. Sang Kim for several reasons: 1 - He specialized in and only performs /neck surgeries, 2 - Dr. Kim is younger and probably more newly established, but there was no doubt that he is a perfectionist and a professional in his field, 3 - He is patient and really listens. I felt confident and trusted that he was giving me his best recommendation for my concerns, 4 - He didn't try to push unnecessary or extra procedures, 5 - I was impressed by how obvious it was that Dr. Kim's administrative and medical staff liked him and respected his work. But most of all, I am extremely satisfied with the results of my face lift!

- Shannon F

I can't say enough good things about Dr. Kim. He is the most patient, professional, and personable physician I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. Instead of being rushed through the practice, every member of his staff made me feel welcome and important from the moment I walked through the door. He wouldn't perform a single procedure on me until he fully answered every minute question I had (all of which he eloquently and candidly answered); you can tell that his formal training was exceptional. His bedside manner and skilled technique easily make him one of the best kept secrets in Syracuse. I have referred numerous friends to him who have also, in turn, referred their friends. Make the consult and see for yourself... you won't be disappointed!

- Deanna Hillman

Dr. Kim and his staff were incredible. I had a face lift done this past summer and I was treated with dignity and respect by everyone. Dr. Kim is an exceptional surgeon and one of the nicest and kindest doctors I have ever met. I had a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend Dr. Kim and his entire staff. I recently went back to Dr. Kim for injections. Again my experience was wonderful. He explains everything he is going to do and what to expect. I didn't bruise and I love the fact that he doesn't overdo. He and his staff are just incredible. If I could give more than 5 stars I would.

- Debbie Ely

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