Minimally Invasive Acne Treatment

Although commonly thought of as an adolescent problem, acne affects men and women of all ages. The American Academy of Dermatology states that acne is the most common skin ailment in the country and affects approximately 50 million Americans in any given year.

Dr. David Passaretti understands that acne and acne scars can affect your self-confidence. He and his team are committed to providing treatment tailored to your needs at his office in Darien, CT. Depending on your unique concerns, we can provide injectable treatment, laser treatment, or peels.

What Causes Acne?

Acne can appear on any part of your body, including the face, back, neck, and arms. Although the condition can affect virtually anyone, there are certain factors that can increase your risk, including:

  • Puberty
  • Overactive oil glands
  • Genetics
  • Hormones
  • Stress
  • Certain medications
  • High glycemic intake

Healthy habits such as staying hydrated and using over-the-counter moisturizers can help alleviate pimples and breakouts. However, because acne can cause permanent scarring and impact your self-confidence, it is important that you seek professional treatment if it becomes severe.

A cheek affected by acne.
While a fairly common condition, acne can range from mild to severe. Where many cases clear up on their own, just as many require more involved treatment. 

Choosing a Treatment Option

Dr. Passaretti offers several treatments for both active acne and acne scarring.


Microdermabrasion is a conservative method for treating acne scars on the outer layers of your skin. During the appointment, Dr. Passaretti will gently exfoliate your skin with a handheld device to remove the outermost, dead layer to rejuvenate the skin and reduce the appearance of blemishes.

Chemical Peels

Although a minimally invasive method, a chemical peel is a more intense treatment that reduces the appearance of acne and scars in deeper layers of the skin. Dr. Passaretti uses chemical compounds such as trichloroacetic acid or phenol to penetrate the skin and remove damaged cells. For a less invasive alternative, we also offer glycolic peels.

IPL™ Photofacial

An IPL Photofacial can treat moderate acne scars by promoting the production of new skin through exposure to special lasers. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes and can help you achieve excellent results in the weeks following treatment.

Laser and Light-Based Therapies

If you have acne scarring, Dr. Passaretti can use focused light energy to gently remove the outermost layers of skin that contain damaged cells and scars from acne. Because this treatment also promotes new skin growth, you should see a dramatic improvement in your skin as the days go by.

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Passaretti combines advanced technology and a focus on cosmetic enhancement to provide safe and effective acne treatment.

For the most effective outcome, we recommend multiple sessions of treatment. Most patients are able to enjoy clearer skin with minimal side effects and permanent results. However because this treatment can increase the chance of infection in some cases, it may not be appropriate for patients with active chronic acne.


Dr. Passaretti also uses minimally invasive injectables and fillers to improve the appearance of scars. Depending on your needs, JUVÉDERM® or Restylane® Lyft fillers can help you treat depressions in your skin and give you a smoother, fuller appearance. While injectables and fillers are one of the fastest methods for treating acne scars, they do not produce permanent results.

Learn More About Your Options

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Passaretti combines advanced technology and a focus on cosmetic enhancement to provide safe and effective acne treatment. You can determine which treatment option is best for you during your one-on-one consultation with the doctor. Schedule a visit to our office by calling (203) 656-9999 or contacting us online.

Dr. Passaretti

Trust Your Care to a Board-Certified Surgeon

Dr. David Passaretti is a distinguished plastic surgeon who is:

  • Board-certified
  • Recognized as one of the "Top Doctors" by multiple publications
  • Dedicated to excellence

Schedule your consultation by contacting us online or calling us at (203) 656-9999.

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