Dermal fillers add volume to the skin where volume has been lost, either by the natural aging process or by processes such as acne scarring. Atrophic (“pitted”) acne scars can be injected with dermal fillers in order to fill in the pitted areas of the skin. The most common dermal fillers that are used for the treatment of acne scars are Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane and Juvederm Ultra Plus. These fillers are all made from hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skins deeper layers.
Which acne scars can be treated with dermal fillers?
Atrophic (“pitted”) acne scars can be injected with dermal fillers in order to “fill in” and smooth out the pitted area of the skin. Dermal fillers are not used to treat changes in pigmentation or red marks that remain after acne clears. They can only be used to treat acne scars that result in textural abnormalities of the skin. Acne scars that are treated with dermal fillers maintain their improvement for six to nine months.
What other treatments are available to treat acne scars?
Dermal fillers treat acne scars, but they are not the only treatment option. Resurfacing lasers, such as the Fraxel Laser and Fractional CO2 Laser are effective at improving pitted acne scars on the face. Resurfacing lasers make very tiny holes in the skin, which stimulates new collagen to be produced in the scarred areas. The texture of the skin is improved permanently. The Fractional CO2 Laser requires only one treatment, while the Fraxel Laser requires four treatments.
What type of treatment is best for my acne scars?
Acne scars can be treated in a variety of ways. Your dermatologist or acne scar specialist Physician Assistant can review all of the options with you and determine the best treatment for your scarring. There is no universal “best” treatment for acne scars; each patient must be approached in a unique manner, in order to treat their acne scars in the most effective way. Patients with pitted scars often benefit most from resurfacing lasers, like the Fraxel Laser or Fractional CO2 Laser. Patient who have only red marks (post-inflammatory erythema) from recent acne lesions see significant improvement after treatment was the KTP laser. Patients with dark spots left behind from old acne lesions can benefit from both laser resurfacing treatments and chemical peels. Dermal fillers can be used to improve atrophic (“pitted”) acne scars; subcision, punch excision and very deep chemical peels are other acne scar treatment options.