For millions of people, acne scars can be a long lasting source of embarrassment and frustration. The truth is that acne scars can be some of the most difficult of all scars to treat, and there is no one perfect solution that can treat all acne scars. I have found that a combination of modalities perfumed over multiple treatment sessions tends to give the best result.

One of these treatments is known as CROSS, which stands for chemical reconstruction of skin scars. This involves placing very small amounts of highly concentrated acid directly onto the scar. CROSS essentially works by causing damage to the scar itself and the tissue that tethers the area down, and then inducing new collagen formation so the scar will heal itself.


Focused TCA CROSS treatment for acne scars

This technique can be performed on all skin types, including African Americans, though some darker patients may need to use a bleaching cream before and after the procedure to prevent darkening of the treated areas.

CROSS is performed in the office in about 30 minutes. The face is anesthetized prior to treatment to minimize discomfort. Afterword, the face is kept clean and Vaseline is placed onto the treated areas to keep them hydrated. Results are seen initially at about 6 weeks and a more final result by 6 months.

If you have suffered with acne scars and would like to lean more about the solutions we can offer, call 804-774-4559 or send an email.

Dr. Travis Shaw, M.D. is a double board certified facial plastic and reconstructive/ ENT surgeon serving Richmond, Chesterfield, Henrico, Fredricksburg and Williamsburg.