Acne Scar Release & Refine

How To Remove Acne Scars

Treating acne scars has always been a challenge. For those of you with scarring that is more severe, it has sometimes felt hopeless. Until now…

NEW Cutting Edge Scar Removal

Get Dramatic Results In A Single Session!

A new multi-technique procedure has been developed to address moderate to severe scarring in a single treatment session. This comprehensive single session scar removal technique was developed by Dr. Mark Taylor, a pioneer cosmetic laser surgeon and internationally recognized surgical dermatologist from Salt Lake City.

Acne Scar Release & Refine (ASRR) is a three-step procedure that will release the scar attachment and resurface the skin in a single session.

Acne Scar Release And Refine Procedure Process

Step 1: Skin Numbing


Your skin is marked and then numbed with tumescent anesthesia. This anesthesia technique involves flooding the tissues beneath the upper skin layers with lidocaine to keep you completely comfortable throughout the process.

Step 2: Release (Medically Known As Subcision*)

Then, your provider will make a small incision in front of the ear, delicate surgical tools called microdissectors severe the fibrous scar bands that pull the scar floor to the dermis. When released, the scar floor rises (it’s like releasing a tether). A cleaning tip is used to capture and remove any sinew-like scar debris to create a smooth under–surface.

Differences in Subcision Methods

The difference in this type of subcision is that typical subcision requires a cut into each scar. *Subcision in the ASRR technique is “field” subcision – where there is a single hidden incision and all the work is done beneath the skin surface, eliminating the otherwise high number of cuts to release each scar from the surface.

Step 3: Laser Refine

Fractional Er:YAG laser (SP Dynamis) smooths the surface from the outside and increases collagen production which further smooths the skin. Continued collagen generation improves results over the subsequent 6 months.

What Should I Expect After My Acne Scar Release & Refine Procedure?

You will be given post procedure skin care products to protect your skin during the healing process which takes an average of 10 days. Your skin may be red for a period of time after initial healing. This redness will subside but can be camouflaged with makeup during that time. Potentially you may experience some short term hyperpigmentation which is easily treatable and can also be camouflaged.

Your skin will be going through a transition over the next 4 to 6 months as new collagen from the laser treatment builds to further smooth the skin. You should treat your skin gently and it is absolutely necessary to use the provided sun screen products.


  • Tumescent anesthesia: Dilute anesthetic that numbs the skin at deep levels for pain free treatment.
  • Lidocaine: Numbing agent – the same effective numbing agent used for dentistry and any skin procedure which could cause pain.
  • Microdissector: A thin tool with a blade-like edge used under the skin to cut tissue without the need to create a cut in the skin surface for each scar.
  • Fractional Er:YAG Laser: An ablative laser that removes very narrow micro-columns of tissue. Fractional indicates that only a percentage of skin is treated so healing is faster, more comfortable during healing with lower risk.

Schedule a Consultation

For more information Acne Scar Release & Refine and other acne scarring treatment options, please call La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic at 858-225-8380 or complete the form on this page to arrange your initial consultation.

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