Pockmarks can be treated with topical creams or dermatological procedures such as implantation of injectable fillers, fat transplantation, punch excision and laser treatment, according to Dr. Audrey Kunin for the Dr. Oz Show. Kunin recommends topical creams for anyone suffering with pockmarks; however, she notes procedures achieve the best results.
Topical creams that stimulate collagen bundle formation, such as those with vitamin A or high antioxidant content, are the most effective in treating pockmarks, explains Kunin. Procedures are chosen based on the severity and type of the acne. Injectable fillers work best on shallow, saucer-shaped scars. The fillers provide immediate results but must be replaced every three to 12 months. Fat transplantation also works well for this type of acne. It uses the patients' fat to fill the dermal defect. Additional treatments are needed every three to six months. Those who have scars with hard, jagged borders are often best treated with punch excision. Punch excision uses sutures to close the scars.
A new laser treatment called focal acne scar treatment, or the F.A.S.T. technique, has excellent results for certain types of pockmarks, according to Jessica Mulvihill Moran for Fox News. The process uses a fractional CO2 laser to target the scars. It costs around $2,500, only takes 15 minutes and allows patients to return to work within a week. The benefits are permanent. A consult is required to determine if a patient is a candidate for this procedure.