Laser resurfacing, dermabrasion and minor reconstructive surgery are all options to remove or greatly diminish the appearance of pock marks. Pock marks, sometimes called ice pick scarring, are an indentation of the skin that results from tissue loss due to an infection of the skin from acne or chicken pox.
Laser and dermabrasion treatments both work by removing the top layer of the skin. Laser treatment involves using a high temperature laser to burn off the top layer of skin. Dermabrasion involves a high powered sanding device that scrapes off the top layer of skin. Both treatments require the use of a local anesthetic and can take up to 2 weeks to heal properly.
Reconstructive surgery is more invasive but may have the best results. A dermatologist can pull the pocked skin together or use skin grafting to help remove pock marks.