Acne scar laser treatments repair visible skin damage caused by inflammatory acne using advanced laser resurfacing technology. Moderate to severe acne can cause unsightly marks and pigmentation on the skin, which can be extremely difficult to get rid of. There are several options for improving the appearance of acne scars, including chemical peels and dermabrasion, but laser treatments generally offer the least amount of pain and downtime.

The Palomar Icon™ XD Aesthetic System is a multipurpose laser treatment that addresses pigmentation issues and uneven skin texture, giving you smoother, brighter, and more refined skin with even color and tone.

Reasons To Undergo This Procedure

Disfiguring acne scars can have a devastating effect on a person’s appearance and self-confidence. Most people who suffer from acne find that the lesions leave dark red marks, bumps, and indentations that can be difficult to hide, even with copious amounts of makeup. Skin care products that are applied topically can sometimes help, but they usually require religious usage and take months to show visible improvement.

For those who want quicker results, acne laser treatments are able to improve the following:

  1. Rough skin texture
  2. Hyperpigmentation
  3. Dark blemishes
  4. Deep acne scars

What Are The Benefits?

There are two types of acne scars: hypertrophic (raised) and atrophic (depressed). The Palomar Icon™ XD laser addresses both, offering a near-painless alternative to acne scar removal methods that involve chemicals or abrasive materials. Since it is also effective for wrinkles and other skin issues, this treatment delivers results that go beyond clear skin.

Acne laser treatment must always be performed by a licensed medical professional such as Dr. Jacob Sedgh, a double-boarded facial plastic surgeon, to ensure pleasing results.

Under his meticulous care, patients can expect the following positive results:

  1. Smoother skin
  2. Brighter, more even-toned complexion
  3. Increased self-confidence

When you come in for your first appointment with Dr. Sedgh, he will begin by examining your skin to determine the severity of your acne scarring. From there, he will explain the specific process for the acne laser treatment procedure, including how it is performed and what your recovery will be like after the treatment. Since several sessions are often needed for optimum scar removal, Dr. Sedgh will also let you know how many sessions you need to undergo to achieve your desired results.

Here’s what you can expect from your initial consultation:

  1. Complete examination of the target areas
  2. Brief interview on medical history and relevant lifestyle habits
  3. Explanation and discussion of the procedure

If you cannot visit Dr. Sedgh’s clinic for an initial consultation, he also offers virtual consultations through video conferencing.

Acne Scar Laser Treatment Procedure

The Palomar Icon™ XD is a medical grade laser that uses pulses of light to treat skin imperfections without causing damage to the encompassing tissues. The laser can penetrate the deepest skin layers, allowing for maximum effectivity in removing all types of acne scars and skin issues. It also makes use of the Skintel Melanin Reader, a patented innovation that analyzes the melanin density of the skin to help determine the appropriate settings for the patient’s specific skin type and complexion.

Depending on the results of your skin evaluation and the severity of your acne scarring, Dr. Sedgh will use one of the following Palomar Icon handpieces:


  • 400-700 and 87-1200 nm spectral range
  • used for acne treatment and benign pigmented lesions
  • skin types I to IV on the Fitzpatrick Skin Type Scale


  • 1540 nm spectral range
  • used for fractional non-ablative skin resurfacing, soft tissue coagulation, and removal of acne scars, melasma, surgical scars, and stretch marks


  • 2940 nm spectral range
  • used for fractional ablative soft tissue coagulation, skin resurfacing, and removal of wrinkles and fine lines, irregularities in skin texture, pigmented lesions, and vascular dyschromia

Before the procedure, your skin will be cleansed thoroughly to remove any dirt, oil, or makeup. A topical anesthetic will then be applied over the target areas to numb the skin. Acne laser treatments are virtually pain-free, but numbing the skin is typically used to prevent any discomfort that may be experienced during the process.

Protecting the eyes is extremely important in any laser procedure. Therefore, you will also be provided with a pair of safety glasses to wear during the treatment.

Dr. Sedgh will then begin the treatment by targeting small sections of skin. This process will be repeated until the entire target area has been addressed. The procedure is relatively quick, depending on the extent or severity of the scarring.

The doctor will finish the treatment by applying a cooling serum to the treated areas, as well as an ample amount of sunscreen to ensure protection from UV rays.


Acne scar removal is a simple outpatient procedure that involves little to no downtime. Your skin may be slightly pink or red immediately after the procedure, but this should subside within the next few days.

While your skin is still healing, it is extremely important to avoid sun exposure. Wear sunscreen every day, even when indoors. You must also make sure to treat your skin gently by staying away from harsh skin products. Avoid scrubbing the treated area, and most importantly, refrain from touching your face too much.

Dr. Sedgh makes it a point to provide ample care and support even after treatment, and although the recovery for laser procedures is quite minimal, it is the doctor’s custom to closely monitor his patient’s post-treatment process. He will typically schedule follow-up appointments to allow him to evaluate your skin’s response to the treatment.

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