Indented Scars on Face

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Woman with indented facial scars. (Image: pimonpim/iStock/Getty Images)

If you spent much of your teenage years battling acne, or you’re still in the war, you may be left with indented, or atrophic, scars on your face to show for it. Indented scars most often develop as a result of cystic acne, but may also be due to an outbreak of chickenpox. Some common names for indented scars include pockmarks or icepick scars.

The Nitty Gritty

Unlike flat scars, which occur as a result of minor injuries to the skin, indented scars develop due to damage to the skin’s underlying support structure. As the scar forms, an inadequate amount of scar tissue develops and prevents the area from becoming flush with the skin. Because of this, indented scars are often more noticeable than some other types of scars. Although you may not be able to get rid of indented scars completely, Paula’s Choice notes that some medical procedures may help reduce the appearance of these scars by up to 50 percent. Laser treatments, dermal fillers, fat grafting or a combination of all three may help correct indented scars on your face.

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