5150 East Glenn Street
Tucson, Arizona 85712
Gerald N. Goldberg, MD
Kathleen A. Strickland, NP-C
Jennifer A. Allison, MPA-C
Duane C. Whitaker, MD
Dermabrasion (Surgical Planning or Sanding)
Treatment with Downtime
Treatment with Minimal or No Downtime
Starlux Fractional Laser
Any treatment program begins with a good home skin care program to prevent acne and to encourage skin healing and scar
Dermabrasion or surgical planning is a method of flattening and improving the appearance of the skin by carefully removing specific
layers of the skin which may contain acne scars or other surface irregularities or various types of skin growths.
ver the last
decade the use of one of several Lasers to provide a more precise instrument for controlled skin abrasion, is usually recommended.
Over more than a decade, Dr. Goldberg has used a variety of Lasers to achieve the best results for acne scar revision. There are two
basic types of Lasers now used for acne scar treatment: the
. The CO2 Laser, in general, is
used for deeper, more severe defects while the Erbium:YAG is used for more superficial defects and in darker skin types. Most often
a combination of both Lasers is utilized for optimal results. Often the Erbium:YAG Laser is first used to optimally treat the shoulders
of the scars, followed by the CO2 laser for deeper effects. Blending and feathering of the edges of the treated area is then performed
with the Erbium Laser.
The Lasers are used in an office-based treatment with local anesthesia and sedation, or at a local surgery center under general
anesthesia. The areas to be Lased are treated and other non-affected areas may be peeled using a chemical agent to better blend
treated and non-treated areas.
Some very large, angular or punched-out scars may be removed by surgical excision at a several month interval prior to or at the time
of the primary procedur