It’s Time to Heal

Acne scars affect as many as 10 million people each year, but Dr. Shah offers a variety of effective treatment options to address this common issue. Using the latest lasers, needling devices, and radiofrequency devices, he can stimulate collagen production in the body, resulting in less visible acne scars. 

Treating acne scars has historically been a challenging task, with older therapies often requiring deep skin removal, resulting in long healing times and potential pigmentation difficulties - particularly for darker-pigmented patients. However, in recent years, new and exciting acne scar treatments have emerged.

Dr. Shah is at the forefront of these advanced treatments, offering patients the latest options to achieve optimal results. However, Dr. Shah takes a symbiotic approach to treating acne scars, utilizing multiple techniques to achieve the best possible outcome. By switching between different treatment modes, he can avoid acne scar plateau and ensure that patients see continued improvement over time. 

With Dr. Shah's expertise and innovative approach, patients can feel confident in achieving smoother, more even skin.

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Bellafill as an Acne Scar Treatment

We’re also proud to offer Bellafill as another option for your acne scar treatment journey. This is an effective treatment for acne scars thanks to its unique composition; microspheres in Bellafill stimulate collagen production, which helps to fill in and smooth out acne scars. During your consultation with Dr. Shah, he will listen to your specific aesthetic goals and tailor your treatment to help you achieve them, including addressing any issues related to acne scars.

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A Variety of Methods for Optimal Results

As mentioned, Dr. Shah believes in a symbiotic approach to acne scar revision. Here are a few of the methods he has found to be most effective:

Laser Resurfacing

For some patients, lasers can be an effective tool for improving skin texture and reducing the appearance of scars. As an alternative to dermabrasion, Dr. Shah utilizes a combination of erbium, fractionated erbium, C02, and fractionated C02 lasers to resurface the face. While lasers are a relatively superficial resurfacing modality, they can improve skin texture with multiple treatments.

Pinpoint Irradiation

Pinpoint irradiation is a cutting-edge technique for treating acne scars that differs from traditional laser resurfacing. Rather than treating the entire face, including areas unaffected by scarring, pinpoint irradiation uses a single C02 laser beam to discretely target the acne scar while sparing surrounding tissues. This approach allows for a faster recovery by keeping the skin intact and is similar to targeted fractionated C02 treatment that focuses solely on the acne scars rather than random locations. The benefit of this technique is a quicker recovery time and a lower risk of adverse side effects.

Combination of Resurfacing and Pinpoint Irradiation

To resurface the face, Dr. Shah employs a combination of erbium, fractionated erbium, C02, and fractionated C02 lasers. By combining these modalities, he is able to create multiple effects that enhance the overall treatment outcome. For example, while pinpoint irradiation targets specific acne scars, the surrounding area can be treated with a fractionated laser to improve overall skin texture and make the scars themselves less noticeable. This approach ensures that patients achieve the best possible results and enjoy a more even, youthful complexion.


Fractora is a groundbreaking technique that involves placing needles deep into the dermis to treat the skin from the bottom up. The advantage of this approach is that the epidermis can be spared, resulting in a faster recovery time if desired. Fractora utilizes radiofrequency needles to improve the texture and appearance of scars, resulting in smoother, more even skin.


Subcision involves using a needle to undermine scars and improve their appearance. However, in Dr. Shah's experience, this technique is not effective without filler. The benefit of subcision with filler is that a matrix or spacer of material is placed in the subcised area, using a specialized subcision needle. This space is then filled with a longer-lasting filler product to raise the scar from a depressed area to a flatter appearance. Histological studies have shown that fillers can be replaced in the body with collagen, making subcision and filler an excellent technique for certain types of acne scars.


Dr. Shah's CROSS technique uses a deep peel to selectively target acne scars while sparing surrounding skin. This encourages collagen formation, flattening scars and improving texture. Recovery is limited to treated areas, avoiding drawbacks of deep chemical peels. CROSS TCA is effective for treating icepick, pores, and some boxcar scars and may require multiple treatments for optimal results.

Your Initial Consultation

Given the nature of Dr. Shah’s results-based approach to this procedure, we always recommend clients beginning with a consultation at our Chicago office. This way, Dr. Shah can better establish which path will be best suited for your needs.

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Recovery and Results

While some treatments for acne scars may result in longer downtimes and skin abnormalities, Dr. Shah offers a personalized approach that allows patients to fine-tune their experience to achieve maximum results while accommodating their work and social schedules.

As every patient heals at a different rate, it's important to be cautious about exact recuperation times and to work with Dr. Shah to develop a customized treatment plan that meets your unique needs and goals.

Acne scar revision can provide significant improvement to the texture and appearance of skin, resulting in a smoother, more even complexion and reduced scarring. Depending on the technique used, patients can expect to see a noticeable difference in the appearance of their acne scars, leading to increased confidence and a more youthful appearance. Dr. Shah's personalized approach to acne scar revision ensures that each patient receives the best possible outcome, tailored to their unique needs and goals.

Experience the Difference

Dr. Shah is a highly accomplished double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon with over 50 published scientific articles, including landmark articles that have revolutionized the field of acne scar treatment. He specializes in providing personalized treatment plans to ensure the best possible outcome for each patient. Based in Chicago, IL, Dr. Shah is renowned not only as one of the top plastic surgeons in the city but also in the world, particularly for his expertise in treating acne scars.

At Dr. Anil Shah Facial Plastic Surgery, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest level of care and support throughout the entire acne scar treatment process. Our team will work closely with you to ensure that you feel comfortable and confident every step of the way, and we will be available to answer any questions or concerns you may have during the recovery period.

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