Is your acne gone but scars remain? It probably feels like the acne never really left when the evidence of months or years of pain and self-consciousness remain etched on your face. However, we have good news. Dermal fillers, microneedling, and chemical peels effectively treat and eliminate certain types of acne scars. Most people safely tolerate these treatments. Once the acne scars are unnoticeable, self-esteem is also likely to improve. Dermal fillers for acne scars provide short-term and long-term benefits for patients, and even if this treatment isn’t right for your type of acne scars, there are other treatment options available for acne scars in our Santa Monica and Portland aesthetics practices.
Dermal Fillers for Acne Scars: How does it work?
Dermatologists have identified five common types of acne scars. They are defined as:
- Rolling Acne Scars, scars that depress the skin in a sort of wave.
- Hypertrophic Acne Scars, raised scars above the skin’s surface.
- Ice Pick Acne Scars, narrow scars that create pits within your skin.
- Boxcar Acne Scars, reminiscent of chicken pox scars and form a skin indent.
- Keloid Acne Scars, similar to hypertrophic scars, but they extend past the boundary of the original acne blemish.
Dermal fillers work better with some types of scars than they do others. For instance, they treat rolling scars more completely than they do boxcar scars.
Restylane, Radiesse, and Belotero are the best dermal fillers for acne scars as they are able to reduce the appearance of certain types of scars while improving the texture of your skin. The amount of time that any filler lasts depends on where it is injected as well as the severity of the area being treated. However, Restylane lasts for around six to nine months while Radiesse remains in effect for one to two years. Belotero should decrease the look of acne scars for about nine to 12 months.
These facial fillers are made from hyaluronic acid. This is a substance that naturally occurs in your body, and your aesthetic injection specialist can customize the injection according to the condition of your skin. In addition, studies show that when a dermal filler is used to treat acne scars, people are happy with the results.
The Short-Term Benefits of Dermal Fillers for Acne Scars
The short-term benefits of dermal fillers include the limited post-procedure downtime associated with them and almost immediate results. After the treatment, you may see continued improvement over the next few months. For most people, the results last from several months to as long as a year.
The Long-Term Benefits of Dermal Fillers for Acne Scars
In addition to the short-term benefits of helping to raise the scars up to the surface of the skin, dermal fillers also help to break up the scar tissue and stimulate collagen production. This helps the diminish the appearance of the scars over time, requiring fewer, less aggressive treatments.