Best Ways to Remove Scars

Whether you are battling with scars leftover from acne, surgery, or a burn, your self-confidence has likely suffered as a result. The most common types of scars include keloid scars, contracture scars, hypertrophic scars, and acne scars. Scar removal may seem scary initially, but the results are well worth it!

The Best Ways to Remove Scars

Best Ways to Remove Scars

There are many types of scars, but thankfully just as many types of scar removal techniques. Acne scars are one of the most common types of scars that people request scar removal. One of the most effective scar removal techniques for acne scars is laser removal, but this method can also be used for other types of scars. O’Neill Plastic Surgery utilizes the latest technology with the PicoSure laser, whose photomechanical light energy is effective both for targeting scars and ensuring the surrounding skin remains undamaged. The procedure is quick and yields permanent results. A few other types of scar removal techniques include dermabrasion and microdermabrasion, micro-needling, carboxytherapy, and chemical peeling.

1. Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion: Both dermabrasion and microdermabrasion involve exfoliating the skin, but dermabrasion is the more intensive treatment option of the two. It includes peeling the skin and is typically used with an anesthetic to prevent discomfort.

2. Microneedling: Very fine, short needles are inserted into the skin to encourage the production of collagen. The skin will appear pink for a few weeks, but the results are usually fairly immediate

3. Carboxytherapy: A mesotherapy needle is used to inject the skin with carbon dioxide.

4. Chemical Peeling: The skin is treated with a chemical solution whose purpose is to exfoliate and return the skin to a smoother state. It is best used on the face, neck, or hands.


Scar Removal Costs

When choosing a scar removal technique, it’s always a good idea to consider the cost of your selected technique.

Laser scar removal: The costs for laser scar removal range anywhere from $200 to $3,400, depending on the size of the scar and how much treatment is necessary.

Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion: The average cost for dermabrasion is $1,170, whereas microdermabrasion typically costs between $75 and $200.

Micro-needling: The cost for micro-needling varies from $100 to $700 per session as it depends on which area is being treated, and the size of that area. Four to six sessions are recommended.

Carboxytherapy: A session of carboxytherapy typically costs $100 to $150, but since most patients will require at least 10 sessions, costs will quickly add up.

Chemical Peeling: The costs of chemical peels vary the most substantially, being anywhere from $150 for light chemical peels to $6,000 for deep chemical peels.

Generally, no matter which scar removal technique you choose, scar removal costs will depend on the results you want. If you have only mild scarring, more extensive treatment will likely be unnecessary.


If you’re unsure of which scar removal technique is right for you, don’t hesitate to give O’Neill Plastic Surgery a call at 843-881-2130 to set up a consultation!

A picture of Patrick J. O’Neill, MD wearing his doctor attire.

About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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