DERMAL FILLERS FOR ACNE SCARS: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE
DERMAL FILLERS FOR ACNE SCARS: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE. Skin treatments with professional-grade soft-tissue fillers may be the second most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in the United States (Botulinum injections being the first) but, despite that impressive fact, there are still many misconceptions related to their application, effects, and properties. For example, many patients wrongly believe that they can be only use to remove wrinkles or to plump lips when these products can also offer long-lasting and fast results in the correction of the nose, jawline contouring, facial sculpting, enlarged pore reduction… and even for the effective treatment of acne scars. The latter of these procedures has managed to gain a big momentum in the past two or three years. That is because quality dermal fillers for acne scars offer patients many benefits such as:
- Firstly Limited or even no downtime
- Secondly Instant results
- Continuous improvement in the months following the treatment
- Increase in collagen production in the skin
- Painless and fast procedure
- Durable effects
Therefore, it can be said that these innovative cosmetic rejuvenation products fare well against other acne scar treatments like laser peeling, dermabrasion, and even corrective surgery. But in order for an acne patient to enjoy all of these advantages, several other factors also need to be taken into consideration.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DERMAL FILLERS FOR ACNE SCARS
Every patient, acne scarring and skin filler is different. Because of that, it cannot be said that this low-risk beauty procedure can act as a universal solution for this specific aesthetic problem. Any board-certified plastic surgeon or a professionally trained aesthetic dermatologist knows that each case of acne has to be treated in a unique a special way for results to be visible, long-lasting and positive.
Not all acne scars can be corrected with filler injections
Scars caused by acne come in various shapes and sizes. Some of them are indente’d into the skin, while others form raised above the skin. Because of that, top-notch filler injection can only be use for the management of superficial boxcar scars, shallow to medium hypertrophic scarring and rolling acne marks. Unfortunately, this form of treatment will not offer considerable improvement for people who are dealing with severe scarring (e.g. ice pick).
Table: Main types of acne scarring
Acne Scarring Type Characteristics Top treatment options
Ice pick Very severe and that makes it very difficult to treat at home and even with a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure. This is the deepest category of acne scarring.
Boxcar Looks like chicken pox scars or a shallower version of the ice pick ones. Laser resurfacing
Atrophic Indented in the skin. Filler injections
Rolling Makes skin appear “wavy” as it forms uneven edges and slopes on it. Dermal fillers
Hypertrophic Raised, wide and thick. Can be cause not only by acne but also from cuts, burns, piercings, etc. Soft-tissue fillers
Steroid products for topical use
Not all acne patients make good filler treatment candidates
The greatest thing about soft-tissue fillers is that they are not associate’d with any severe, harmful or long-lasting adverse effects. Typically, the unwanted results after a procedure with such as an innovative cosmetic product are limite’d only to redness, itching, swelling, bruising, tenderness and sensitivity around the injection points and those symptoms are usually causedd not by the implant gel but by the needles and the injection procedure. Despite its mild nature, this non-surgical therapy is generally not recommendedd to people who are hypersensitive or allergic to some of the ingredients in these products. Pregnant and breastfeeding women also do not make good candidates for any type of dermal filler injection. Last, but not least, acne patients who have an ongoing case of acne that has inflamed their skin should also consider opting for other treatment options.
Acne Scars – Before & After
SOME FILLER GELS ARE MORE SUITABLE THAN OTHERS
Brand-wise the best dermal fillers for acne scars are those made by Restylane, Radiesse, Belotero, Sculptra, and Juvederm. All of these product ranges are know for their exceptional quality, unmatched durability, and proven safety. Although some of those line-ups are made up of 5-6 or even more reliable filler injections, it is usually just one of them that can be use for the non-surgical treatment of acne marks. The two most popular Hyaluronic Acid fillers, Restylane and Juvederm, have impressive hydrating properties thanks to their HA-based formula. But that same active ingredient dissolves faster in the soft tissue compared to Calcium Hydroxylapatite or Poly-L-lactic Acid, for instance. Plus, their soft gel texture has a more limited fill