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As we get older, our skin naturally loses collagen, which provides volume to our skin. This can contribute to how noticeable any acne scars become and over time, they may become even more pronounced. Dr. Schultz has a variety of ways to heal acne scars and smooth out your skin. Whether through careful, localized surgery, Laser Treatments, or Fillers, you’ll have the opportunity to undergo customized treatment for your particular kind of scarring, giving you the best possible results for your smoothest skin.

Dr. Schultz explains that ice pick scars are “deep, angular, and small in diameter.” Although there is no way to fill those scars in, you can actually apply anesthesia, painlessly cut out the scar and sew up the skin which, Dr. Schultz assures, “creates an excellent result in improving and smoothing out the scar.”

Crater type scarring has the gentle sloping borders of a crater on the moon or the shape of a saucer. With this kind of scar, Dr. Schultz says, “You can actually fill in the craters with Filler from below, which lasts about 6 months and will need to be maintained.” Another technique to fix the scar is to perform subcision. With subcision, Dr. Schultz says, “The bottom of the scar is actually separated from the anchoring collagen below it which pulls it down into the skin creating the crater shaped depressed scar. The bottom of the crater then pops back up, and we put Filler underneath it to produce a very nice level result.” And finally, you can always use Fraxel or Profractional Lasers to smooth these crater scars as well.

Boxcar scars have walls that are vertical, not angular or sloping, and the bottom of the scar is horizontal so it looks like a rectangle or a box. You can treat this similarly to an ice pick scar, or you can also attempt to improve these with laser procedures or subcision.

When you’re treating your acne scars, you want to be sure you’re in the best (and most confident!) hands, and that’s what you’ll get with Dr. Schultz. Treating acne scars can be very labor intensive as most scars have to be treated individually. Dr. Schultz has the experience and precision to skillfully perform the detailed work required for the best results. If your acne scarring requires surgery, Dr. Schultz will temporarily tape the wounds after the stitches are removed to create a much less conspicuous line from the removal of the scar. If your acne scarring requires laser treatments, our office has extensive experience with lasers so you can be sure you’re getting the most effective laser and the highest level of experience for your treatment.

Before treating your acne scars, it’s vital that you’ve cleared your active acne since new acne can lead to new scarring. Inflammation due to active acne also potentially reduces some of the efficacy of acne scar treatments. After you’ve cleared your acne, at your appointment Dr. Schultz will examine your skin and determine whether the best treatment for you is Filler, Laser Treatments, surgery, or a combination of them. Most treatments are painless and are done with numbing agents so you won’t feel discomfort when fixing your acne scars. For Fillers, you will see immediate results, Laser Treatments produce gradual sustained improvements starting shortly after the procedure and those results continue to improve over the next few months, but no matter which treatment is right for you, you will see excellent results in reducing and improving your acne scarring.

Patient Reviews

I've been seeing Dr. Schultz for the last 8 years and during that time, I've recommended him to countless friends for both cosmetic and medical dermatologic help. I trust him completely both diagnostically and aesthetically. When I had shingles, he was wonderful, incredibly supportive and kind. And when I eased into doing more cosmetic dermatology, he was– and continues to be– patient, careful and cautious. He listens to concerns and really hears what your goal outcome is and works with you to make it happen. I wanted to maintain a natural look while keeping my skin looking fresh and that's just what he's done for me. I always leave his office feeling prettier and well-cared for! If you have a medical concern or something about your skin you want to upgrade, you can't do better than Dr. Schultz and his wonderful team. And the products are amazing as well!

- Laura B.

Dr. Schultz is the most thorough and good natured dermatologist I have ever seen. I have been a patient of his for more than 20 years. He has taught me everything I know about the value of taking care of my skin, a gift that keeps on giving. He also takes the time to listen to me, to see me as an individual and doesn't treat my needs as a one size fits all doctor. I really appreciate his kindness, patience and expertise. I absolutely love his product line and have definitely reaped the rewards from using it, especially his glycolic peel pads and moisturizer, which I can't live without. My skin feels softer, smoother, appears more translucent and actually looks younger! Dr. Schultz helped me to see beyond the lines and wrinkles, although he so good at helping to keep those at bay while maintaining a very natural appearance. His staff is outstanding. They make you feel welcome, like family, from the moment you walk through the door. Angela, Monika, Deborah and all of the support staff are extraordinary at what they do. Thank you Dr. Schultz and everyone at Park Ave Skincare. You're the best!

- Laura M.

Dr. Schultz has truly transformed my skin, so much so that I can confidently leave the house without wearing makeup now. During my first meeting with Dr. Schultz, he intently listened to my skin concerns, we discussed what my goals were, and he explained pragmatically what treatments and products he recommended for me. I truly appreciate his fantastic bedside manner and conservative approach. I am a perfectionist in every aspect of my life, including my skin, and Dr. Schultz understood this and was committed to helping me achieve every skin goal I had. The entire staff is just so fantastic and friendly, from reception to the PAs. They make you feel welcome and extremely comfortable, which to me is very important when visiting any doctor’s office. As someone who works too much and never gets enough sleep, my skin was looking very dull and lifeless. My skin is now full of life again and has an incredible glow to it which I have never had before. And I owe it all to the incredible Dr. Schultz.

- Kelly D.

My partnership with Dr Schultz began more than 30 years ago. As a generous friend, advisor, skilled surgeon, and superb cosmetic diagnostician, he has enabled me to look my best. He has kept me abreast of the most sophisticated procedures and in so doing, has maximized my appearance, always guided by what will be most beneficial for me. He is someone I go to for advice and care and his staff is another manifestation of this care. I don’t know many patients who can say this, and I feel fortunate to be among them.

- Ellen R.

In the four years that I've been a patient of Dr. Schultz, my acne-prone skin has gone from constant breakouts to smooth and clear. These days, I feel confident and comfortable enough in my skin to wear minimal makeup, if any—which I never would have done in years past. Dr. Schultz and his warm, friendly staff always go above and beyond; he takes the time to listen, talk with me, and create the best plan for my skin. It's clear he has my best interests in mind, and I trust him wholeheartedly. I would highly recommend him to friends, family, and frankly, anyone who asks.

- Deanna P.

Each session with Dr. Schultz is a mini education in skin care. He approaches each patient as a unique individual with different needs. I’m Asian and he’s explained to me how that impacts treatment in a clear manner that a layperson can understand. At each examination, Dr. Schultz recites detailed notes to his staff which he then refers back to at each future appointment, adjusting and tweaking treatment plans when necessary. Over the past two years I’ve seen a remarkable improvement in my blemishes and overall complexion and wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Schultz to anyone looking to enhance their appearance.

- Sherry G.

I have been a patient of Dr. Schultz for many years, and I continue to be amazed at his medical approach, patience, and professionalism. He takes the time to listen to my health concerns, explains how and why he would like to issue a treatment in a way that I understand , answers all of my questions, and all of his procedures and painless and thorough. Dr. Schultz is very attentive, results-oriented, and extremely knowledgeable. He follows up and is committed to my health and satisfaction. The Park Avenue Skincare is a calm environment and the staff are all very friendly, warm, and respectful. It's easy to get appointments at a time that works for me and they are always on time and considerate. I think so highly of Dr. Schultz and his practice that I sent my mom to him, and continue to go to his office even though my life is based in midtown west! I have great confidence in the care that Dr. Schultz gives.

- Katrina A.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there a way to get rid of acne scars?

    Dr. Schultz uses localized surgery, laser treatments, and fillers to create a Read More

  • Is Dr. Schultz an expert in how to treat acne scars?

    Yes. Dr. Schultz is experienced and skilled in performing the highly detailed Read More

  • How long does it take to heal from acne scar repair?

    Depending on the prescribed treatment (i.e., laser, small incisions), patients generally experience Read More

  • Will my skin look bad after acne scar repair?

    You may see some pinkness/redness, which will disappear. The healing process might Read More

  • Does laser scar repair hurt? What’s the downtime?

    We apply a topical numbing cream on patients before the procedure, so Read More

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