How to get rid of acne scars- Dermatocare's Interviews with Best Dermatologist

Written By Dr. Rinky Kapoor, MD Skin

Last updated: 11/01/17

 “Doctor, how do I get rid of acne scars? Can home remedies help me? Are there any medicines to vanish them? How does LASERS work and how much do they cost?”

Acne scars not only leave a mark on your face but also on your self-esteem; how you wonder there was a magic wand that could erase them overnight. But the truth is neither home remedies nor topical medicines can get that smooth skin back. The best option is LASERS; that work by rejuvenating the lost collagen in the crater-like acne scars. It is our honour to have renowned dermatologist of India, Dr Rinky Kapoor to tell us more about “how to get rid of acne scars with LASERS?”

Dr Rinky is a dermatologist to many celebrities and had been part of consultation panels for Femina Miss India pageants and Dance India Dance. She can be reached at, and her blogs can be read at

Dermatocare: Which type of LASERS is used for treating acne scars?

Dr Rinky: Acne scars are best treated with fractional ablative lasers, more specifically the fractional carbon dioxide laser. Occasionally, fractional radiofrequency treatments may be combined with the above to give desired results. Non-ablative lasers like Erbium glass lasers help for milder scars.

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Dermatocare: How is LASER treatment for acne scars performed?

Dr Rinky: LASER for acne scars should be performed by a dermatologist/plastic surgeon trained in laser operations, that too on Asian skin types. After applying an anaesthetic cream for about 1 hour to make the skin numb, LASER shots are given to the skin in multiple passes in the affected areas. This takes about 15-20 minutes. The parameters used for each patient differs depending on the sensitivity of the skin, depth and extent of scars, skin colour of patient, etc. After the session, ice is applied to sooth the skin and the patient can return home once the procedure is done.

Dermatocare: How many sessions are needed to achieve the desired results?

Dr Rinky: Depending on the age, depth, the extent of scars, skin colour of patient, etc. 3-6 sessions are needed for achieving desired results.

Dermatocare: Can anyone make out that I am taking LASER treatment for my scars?

Dr Rinky: Post-treatment there is redness and occasional swelling of face for 2-3 days, after that there are tiny brown spots in the treated area for a day or so, and then the skin brightens up and returns to normal. Fresher skin is much more youthful and blemish free compared to that before treatment. 

Dermatocare: What are common side effects of this treatment?

Dr Rinky: The common side effects are:

  • Burning sensation immediately post treatment for 3-6 hours.
  • Redness and occasional swelling for 2-3 days.
  • Dryness of skin for a week or so.
  • Sun sensitivity for a few weeks.
  • Brown spots on the treated areas for 2-3 days.
  • Pigmentation/long term redness especially in dark-skinned patients if the treatment is not done by an expert.
  • Reactivation of herpes and other skin infections in susceptible individuals.

Dermatocare: What is the average cost of LASER sessions for acne scars? 

Dr Rinky: Rs. 25,000 for the entire face, Rs 12,000 for scars on cheeks, per session. This is one-third the rates charged in USA or Europe, for the same treatment. LASERS are the best hope for all those who wish to get away with their acne scars, and now you all know what to expect from such treatment and how they are done. So, if you can afford one, step into a cosmetic dermatologist clinic and embark on the journey of clearer skin.


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