Acne Scar Treatment - Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers can be used to treat depressed acne scars. Dermal fillers will help to raise the indentations and volume loss caused by acne, creating a smoother appearance. Certain acne scars, such as rolling scars and some less defined boxcar scars can be effectively treated with dermal fillers.
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About the Procedure
Dermal fillers, while commonly thought of for their applications in wrinkle reduction or lip plumping, can also be used to treat certain types of acne scarring. Rolling scars, which are wave like depressions in the skin, as well as some boxcar scars, which are circular and deep indentations, can both be treated with fillers with great improvement. Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane are commonly used in this application. Significant scarring that doesn't respond well to fillers may better benefit from subcision. Treatment with dermal fillers will begin by thoroughly cleansing the skin and determining which scars will be filled. The amount of filler used will vary and depend on the number of scars being treated and the severity of the scars. The type of filler will depend on the recommendation by your provider. A needle will then be inserted underneath the scarred area and the filler deposited until all scars have been treated.
The goal of dermal fillers is to reduce the appearance of depressed acne scarring.
What to Expect
The appearance of depressed acne scars can be diminished with the use of dermal fillers to raise the indented skin. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after treatment with dermal fillers for acne scars.
- Do not consume alcohol for 24 hours
- Stop taking blood thinning medications and herbal supplements
- An antiviral medication may be prescribed
Immediately After Treatment
Results are typically visible immediately after treatment. Treated areas may be red and swollen. Treatment should not affect ability to work unless profession requires strenuous activity which should be avoided for 24 hours.
You can return to normal activity almost immediately following dermal filler injections, however, it is recommended to wait 24-48 hours to resume intense physical activity.
The ideal candidate for dermal fillers for acne scarring is over the age 18 with obvious, depressed scarring caused by acne and would like to use a minimally invasive approach.
Not Recommended For
Dermal fillers for acne treatment are not recommended for patients with active acne breakouts.
Side effects can include redness, swelling, and bruising at the injection site. The filler may also show up under the skin as tiny bumps.