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Skin Rejuvenation in San Francisco

Want to erase acne scar and boost confidence? Acne and the resulting acne scar is a common problem face by many. Acne inflammation causes not only pain and embarrassment. It also destroys normal skin tissue leading to fibrosis, scarring, and contracture of normal skin leading to shallow boxcar acne scars, and deep retractions are known as ice pick scars. There are various severity and depth of acne scars so it is important to seek treatment from an experienced medical facility that can provide safe and effective treatment. There are many different methods that claim to completely remove the sign of scars. But not all these methods are successful completely. Unless one is treated at the right depth, acne scars will not have significant improvement. From our experience in using Fraxel laser, Fractional Infrared Tissue Remodeling, Chemical peels, micro-needling, and growth factor injection, we have developed effective protocols to address acne scars for various severity and skin types.

Studies show that an estimated 85% of all adolescents have some form of acne and out of those about 30% experience psychological issues from acne. . Some studies have indicated long-term factors such as self-esteem and even salary can be negatively affected in adults who did not seek acne treatment. Don’t let your problem and acne or acne scars affect your goals in life, get acne scar treatment at MD Laser and Cosmetics today so you can live your life to the fullest.

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What is Acne Scar? Who gets Acne Scar?

Acne vulgaris is a very common skin disorder of the pilosebaceous unit, an oil gland connected to hair follicles. Overstimulation of this gland leads to increased production of an oil called sebum. This oil is responsible for the lubrication and waterproofing of the skin and the hair. When the excess sebum production is trapped under the skin and becomes infected by bacteria, it becomes acne.  When acne infection is uncontrolled, pressure and enzymatic reaction from bacteria will destroy normal skin tissue leading to scarring. 

Acne affects both sexes equally and can affect almost anyone at different stages of life. Depending on your genetic predisposition and your lifestyle, acne scars can develop as early as six years old or may not appear until well after your 20’s. Some might even develop hormonal acne in their 40’s!

How does Acne Scar develop?

Acne development consists of four key elements:

  • follicular epidermal hyperproliferation
  • excess sebum production
  • presence and activity of bacterium Propionibacterium acnes 
  • inflammation from acne bacteria leading to the destruction of normal tissues
  • contracture of damaged tissues become fibrotic and permanent scarring

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I had a great experience with Dr Lin. It was my first time seeing her and she explained everything very well. Cassandra is super helpful and sweet!
mehreen m
mehreen m
I did a lot of online research before selecting Dr. Lin and I made the right decision . Dr. Lin has got to be the best I have seen for botox and fillers in the bay area.I had a great consultation and discussed the best route to take for the type of result I wanted and boy did she come through!She is very personable and makes you feel like you’ve known her a long time. I also love Cassandra , her assistant. she’s always smiling and happy , also eager to answer all your questions.I highly recommend MD laser and cosmetics , and that’s from someone who is extremely picky when it comes to my skin!
Neran M.
Neran M.
Dr Lin is an excellent doctor and can recommend the best skin treatments for you specific to your age and skin type. She uses cutting edge technology and cosmeceuticals that she develops herself called MD Cosmetics, which produce wonderful results.I use and recommend the whole line for skin, hair, and supplements. Make an appointment if you are in the Bay Area for treatments to meet with her in person.
Christine K.
Christine K.
Dr. Susan Lin is my go-to expert in aesthetics, botox and fillers. She is what I call a "master practitioner".. someone who spends thousands of hours working on her craft... she an authority on the science of aesthetics and has expert technique. She never overdoes treatments. I have known her for 7+_ years and have always been impressed and satisfied. I also learn something new every time I visit, and as such I send many of my high-end clients to her and receive very good reviews. Her skin care line is also pretty impressive.
Ahvie H.
Ahvie H.
Dr.Susan is incredibly professional, knowledgeable and genuine! Her and Cassandra are a wonder duo that made me feel like the most important client ever. I was happy with the IPL and the tinted mineral sunscreen. The products are top notch.
Christine B.
Christine B.
Always love going to see Dr Lin! She is meticulous and incredibly knowledgeable at a holistic level . After seeing her several times I have been happy with every visit!
Selma K.
Selma K.
Dr. Lin is by far the best doctor I've seen for my acne concern that has bothered me for 20 years! As many other reviews have mentioned, Dr. Lin is very professional, knowledgeable, kind, and very caring to address each individual's skin concerns.I saw Dr. Lin last year to address my severe acne/scars from face down to the chest and back (I was worried because I had pre-wedding photo coming up in 2 weeks at that time!). Dr. Lin magically helped my skin clear of acne after seeing her for only 2 sessions!! The result of the acne treatment plan is comparable to the most powerful accutane treatment that I've tried.Thank you so much Dr. Lin!!
Tiffany Y.
Tiffany Y.
Dr. Lin is an artist from beginning to end. She treats every patient like a work of art. She puts the meaning in "aging gracefully".
Melissa M.
Melissa M.
I have been going to Dr. Susan Lin for years, she is incredibly professional, wonderfully upbeat - that makes me so happy to be there from arrival to exit. I feel so well taken care of, with her in depth consultations, information and recommendations, I will not go anywhere else for my anti-aging, and cosmetic needs. I have referred several family members, and friends, and they all love her and are thrilled with her services. I trust her expertise with injections, treatments and products that she chooses, and her office staff are very kind and accommodating. I continue to get compliments on my age not matching my looks, and a lot of that has to do with Dr. Lin's great care, Thank you Dr. Lin for all that you do!
carmen F.
carmen F.
If I could give Dr. Lin and Cassandra 10 stars, I would! I’ve been meaning to write this review for some time now to say that I highly recommend Dr. Lin’s services for all beauty and anti-aging concerns! She’s incredibly professional, trustworthy, and extremely personable, making the experience very comfortable and fun! Dr. Lin is an expert in all fields and I trust her with all my skincare concerns. Thank you, Dr. Lin and Cassandra, for being so wonderful!
K D
K D
Can't say enough great things about Dr. Lin! Beyond her amazing work, she's is one of the kindest people I know.
Katie G.
Katie G.
Saw a lot of positive reviews on google and I made an appointment!I did laser hair removal for armpit hair.Dr. Lin did a great job and she is really professional.Definitely cautious and cleans ups all surfaces during this pandemic.Cassandra is so nice and really energetic!Definitely recommend MD Laser and Cosmetics.
Ming-Hsuan W.
Ming-Hsuan W.
The way Dr. Lin treats my acne is very effective! The best doctor I have ever seen I got to say!
Jane L.
Jane L.
Dr Lin and staff are amazing, honest and caring. I've found my favorite place finally.
Ron C.
Ron C.
Dr Lin is very professional, experienced and friendly. Definitely recommend this place!
AI W.
AI W.
MD Laser and Cosmetics is my saving grace when it comes to looking young and healthy.Dr. Susan Lin is the best. I've been going to her clinic for years now and I always feel good and confident when I leave her clinic.I love how she applies botox and fillers on my face. She listens to what I want to achieve and sometimes she may suggest something better and I really appreciate that.Most importantly, the end result stays longer and don't need to go for a while.As soon as I found out her clinic is opening after lockdown, I made sure I was one of the few in line.I highly recommend MD Laser and Cosmetics. I love Dr. Susan Lin.Your patient.Lucy
Lucy B.
Lucy B.
This review is for an IPL (photo facial) service. With numerous over the counter creams and concealer, none of the products seemed to correct or cover the sun spots that I developed over the years. Finally searched on Yelp and read numerous reviews.MD Laser and Cosmetics was my first choice from all the glowing reviews. I was fortunate during this pandemic to get a consultation with Dr. Lin. One of her friendly and wonderful staff member scheduled my FaceTime call. Dr. Lin was very warm, friendly, professional and explained the process and products for the IPL treatment. From our consultation, I felt assured that this would work.I was scheduled for my first IPL treatment a few days after the consultation. Dr. Lin made me feel at ease. Her friendly approach explaining step by step relieved me with the laser treatment. I purchased the MD beauty and wellness products for my morning and evening routine. A few days the pigmentation rose to the surface of my skin which made my sun spots become darker than it was originally. With a little patience and using the MD products, a week later after my first IPL treatment, I am so pleased with the results! Love the outcome! My skin looks and feels brand new. I highly recommend MD Laser and Cosmetics.
Celinda M.
Celinda M.
Had removal of skin tag on my face. Dr. Lin was very professional and provided great service while adhering to health and safety issues regarding Covid-19. Result was great and probably will require another follow-up and healing was almost complete in 3-4 days.
William C.
William C.
Dr. Lin is very professional and knew the exact treatment for my case with the best products for the best results. It was an amazing experience with her and her assistant Cassandra at the clinic and would recommend it to anybody. Thank you very much Dr. Lin.
Manny M.
Manny M.
Dr. Lin is the perfect mix of friendly and professional, upscale and affordable. Her staff even go as far as helping my elderly father locate a misplaced wallet by calling every place we were prior to the appointment. They are a stellar crew, and my skin has never looked better! Oh, and PS- get yourself an SPF50 anti-aging tinted sunscreen- trust me!!!!Update July 2020I had to come back to add some more recommendations: the Foot Peel Treatment literally had my feet ready for flip-flop season in 2 nights. My feet look like they did when I was 19 years old at the beach! THANK YOU DR. LIN! Last, but not least- I have been using the Vitamin C serum for the past six months- the change in my skin’s appearance is so dramatic my coworkers think I’m getting chemical peels on the down low! My life is so much better under the care of Dr. Lin. I feel confident and attractive again. Give yourself a gift and make an appointment!
Juliano I.
Juliano I.
Dr Lin is Excellent! Helpful, not pushy, caring and overall 5 star products and services!
Ann C.
Ann C.
Dr. Lin is absolutely amazing! She is kind, patient and cares about her work and the end results!I wouldn't trust anyone else...simply extraordinary!
April T.
April T.
Super friendly and organized. From the initial callto the visit this was a great experience. Hghly recommend for whatever you need beauty wise!
Cate D.
Cate D.
A great place to come for expert and friendly care. Dr. Lin is caring and her staff is professional.
Georgiana W.
Georgiana W.
Great photofacial - no discomfort, excellent results. Dr. Lin is amazing - as always!
Karen
Karen
Dr Lin is a wonderful clinician very attentive and knowledgeable. I am glad I found her!
E W.
E W.
Great experience from when I arrived! Shauna was very friendly. She welcomed me and offered me something to drink. So kind!It was great to see Dr. Lin again. She is never pushy! She is up on all the latest technology, too.I had some Botox for frown lines but am really considering some other procedures down the road. Dr. Lin is very personable and honest!! You won’t be disappointed!!I’m excited to go again.Thank you!
Karin H.
Karin H.
Love the knowledge, transparency, honesty and great interaction at this clinic- highly recommend!
Tania S.
Tania S.
Quality and affordable products. I love all the skin care products recommended by Dr. Lin. Will definitely comeback. Thank you Dr. Lin for making me feel younger :-)). Thank you also to the staff for making me feel welcome.
Lorena M.
Lorena M.
I love this clinic ! They truly care that you get the results you are looking for ! The doctor
Completely cured my melasma and also has the time to listen to your needs and concerns . I haven’t gone anywhere since discovering them!
Selma K.
Selma K.
Amazing products & great customer care & service!!!!
Joyce A.
Joyce A.
A pleasure to receive services. Staff is professional, efficient and friendly. Dr. Lin is a wonderful person. She also knows exactly what she is doing and how to conduct procedures in a comfortable and informative manner for the patient. HIGHLY recommend!
Elizabeth S.
Elizabeth S.
I love Dr. Susan ,she's personal and big personality Who turned out to be a friend . A good friend at that !
Laurie K.
Laurie K.
A Big 10 Star Kudos review to Dr Susan Lin MD laser and cosmetics I walked away feeling beautiful once again , I love my results.... you know your more than a client, with Dr. Lin, she listens, she looks, she knows..... Thank you for the beauty and the knowledge.💃cindy
Cindy C.
Cindy C.
Love it. She takes her time to see what you need really nice. Front the person lovely to. Feeling great happy of what got done. Can wait to go back
Ana Elisa R.
Ana Elisa R.
Everything was so well explained to me and I am pleasedwith the treatment so far, almost painless!
Nancy G.
Nancy G.
Amazing experience! She is so knowledgeable and nice and did a great job! Definitely going back!
Brooke C.
Brooke C.
I’m new to the area this place is exactly what I needed. Stress has been getting to me and I’m 34 but I’ve been feeling like I’m 80. I hadn’t had my Botox/dysport done in almost 2 years and it showed. Forehead lines, dropping brows, everything that made me look beyond tired. It’s hard finding someone I trust with my face. It’s my FACE, I’m not taking chances on someone who could ruin it. This is the place. Shawna, the patient care coordinator, put me on the schedule quickly and when I met her she was warm, welcoming and made me feel comfortable. She’s the person you want to talk to when you don’t feel good about yourself.When I saw Dr. Lin she was amazing. She’s knowledgeable, brilliant, open and honest. She did an amazing job and I genuinely enjoyed my appointment. She’s interesting and a pleasure to talk with and she knows what she’s doing. I can recognize myself in the mirror again and I feel so much better than I have in months. This is the place for high quality work and incredible people.
Leslie S.
Leslie S.
The doctor is a genius. I come out looking younger, but not fake.
Hilary S.
Hilary S.
Dr Lin always takes her time to explain everything and answer all my questions. She is so great doing all the treatments need it. She is not pushy or rush into doing something that you don’t need. I can recommend her enough.Thank you Dr Lin!!
Joan P.
Joan P.
I did the chemical peel. Hope my skin will be smooth and soft after a few days recovery.
Linking L.
Linking L.
Susan is amazing. I’ve been here for several times for different treatments and I got helpful advice and saw great results each time. Highly recommend!
Magica X.
Magica X.
Dr. Lin is an extraordinary anti-aging practitioner! I schedule an appointment and commute from the East Bay every year.
Cynthia “Service Above Sales” H.
Cynthia “Service Above Sales” H.
Dr. Lin is amazing. She spent over an hour with me. I am so glad that I found her. I also must mention that the office staff is super and very knowledgeable. Thank you for making my visit terrific.
Elfie E.
Elfie E.
Dr Lin is, hands down, one of the most professional, knowledgeable, and personable physicians I have ever met. Dr Lin took her time through the entire process and was very detailed oriented. I would definitely return for further needed or wanted services and would highly recommend Dr Lin to anyone who is considering her services.
Kell M.
Kell M.
A great place to go for all of your skin care needs. The staff is warm and friendly and the products are amazing!
Georgiana W.
Georgiana W.
Dr Lin really listens to issues that you have and is brilliant at recommending the products that fix those issues. Finally she's a true artist in implementation of procedures.
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0xNosToca (.
Given my health needs, I've worked with 10+ doctors over the last ten years. I can confidently say that Dr. Susan Lin is one of the most caring and competent doctor's I've ever worked with. Her knowledge of medicine across both traditional Western and more holistic Eastern practices is outstanding. What really sets her apart though is her willingness to go above and beyond to help you. I've only been using her treatments for a short time but have already seen massive improvements to my symptoms. I truly believe Dr. Lin will help me get to the root cause of my health issues.
Jane H.
Jane H.
Dr Lin is a one of a kind doctor... Awesome experience from beginning to end!
Kristina C.
Kristina C.
Fabulous staff, very warm and welcoming. Loved my treatments, I will be back for more!!
ej S.
ej S.
Dr. Lin is THE BEST! I'm so happy I found her and her amazing products. I can finally stop trying out different mediocre products, and feel like now I'm using the best skin and hair care out there. I can't believe the transformation that has happened so quickly. You can really feel the difference in quality from the first use.
Lori S.
Lori S.
Dr. Lin is the BEST. I used to smoke and sunbathe (back in the days when "sunscreen" was baby oil) and my face was a billboard for all of the stress I've experienced over the past 6 decades or so.....Dr. Lin did her magic, and I still look like me- I just look the way I'd look if I hadn't abused my skin all those years! Love her!
melanie D.
melanie D.
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FAQs

I have deep scars, what do you recommend?

We recommend microneedle for deep ice pick scars because we can control the depth required to break up the scar bands. With very deep scars, we will use individual subcision to remove the scar fibrosis.

I am still breaking out. Can I be treated for the acne scar?

During your consultation, we will teach you how to control your active acne with a topical and oral regimen to quickly minimize new acne outbreaks. With our effective drug-free oral supplement to block DHT production, you will see and feel fewer new acne outbreaks in few days.  Then we can use a topical regimen to reduce existing acne and prepping your face for acne scar treatment.

Do your offer Fraxel or Laser treatment for acne?

Yes, we offer fractional laser and Isolaz laser for acne treatment.

I have dark skin, am I a candidate for acne laser skin treatment?

To minimize the risk for post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, we recommend microneedle instead of Fraxel laser.  Isolaz acne treatment can be used for all skin types to shut down production of oil.

What is the downtime for microneedle/Dermapen acne scar treatment?

Initial treatment for deep acne scars can experience redness and some bruising for up to one week.  With subsequent treatment, your recovery time will be faster as you have more and more healthy and new skin.

What is the cost of treatment?

We charge $500-1,000 for microneedle treatment of face depending on area size.  Generally $500 for both cheeks, $800 for cheeks/temple region, and $1,000 for the entire face.

How many treatments are needed?

The number of treatments will depend on the severity of the existing scar, skin condition, expectation, and age of the person.  Mild scarring generally 1-3 treatments, moderate 2-4, and severe 3-5 treatments.  Most will notice 15-20% improvement with each treatment. Because skin remodeling takes 6 months, you should notice continue skin improvement up to 6 months after the treatment.

How can I stop new acne quickly?

To stop new acne, one needs to quickly reduce facial oil production.  We do so by using natural ingredients found in the MD® Nutri Hair supplement. Lilac ingredients will help you minimize skin oil production within few days so no more new acnes!

How do I reduce acne scarring?

You can minimize scar-causing inflammation with topical application of ice or skin products containing ingredients to minimize inflammation.   MD Acne Scar Cream is formulated with acne-fighting benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, and resorcinol to quickly reduce redness. Best to apply at night and let dry before going to bed to avoid staining of pillows from BP.  Sulfur is effective to reduce acne bacteria should be avoided if you are allergic to sulfur.  Resorcinol is great for reducing redness and minimize acne scars.

What is MD Acne Peel?

We have been helping our patients to successfully combat acne for over 14 years with MD Acne Peel.  Because acne affects different depths of the skin and each part of your skin has different thickness and sensitivity.  A combination of different types of AHA and BHA acids of various concentrations will be applied sequentially to achieve optimal results.  Lastly, several layers of Retin A will be applied and leave on for 8 hours so you will not only shed the week after treatment, your skin will continue to have a micro peel for several months to keep your skin fresh and free from acne.  Your skin will be fresh, tighter, cleaner with fewer wrinkles, acne, brown age spots, and minimized pores.

How to lighten arm pit, nipples and other body areas?

With aging and hormonal changes, many will experience darkening of pigmentation on the neck, armpit, face, nipple, and other body areas.  It is important to use effective products and treatments that are work fast yet are safe and gentle to the skin.  For mild cases, we recommend using MD Ultimate Whte Pads because it is easy to use, hydroquinone-free, and works quickly.   For recurrent melasma, we add MD White Factor supplement with glutathione to help support liver detoxify and reduce unwanted skin pigmentation.  One will often notice brightening of skin after 1-2 months and less recurrence of melasma.   For severe cases, we can implement individualized pigmentation treatment prescription-strength bleaching cream, laser and growth factor injection so you can have beautiful even skin cleaner tone.