Once you have completed a successful acne treatment, it is an amazing feeling. But in many situations, once acne has been cleared up, scars from that acne remains; almost everyone that experiences acne has scars, some are almost unnoticeable, some people have scars that are severe. That is incredibly frustrating, after finally having cleared up your skin, to still not have perfect, clear, blemish free skin. Because of this, many people look for ways to diminish the appearance of acne scars. There are several options, one that is becoming more popular is using tissue fillers to help reduce the appearance of acne scars.
What creates acne scars?
There are a few ways that acne scars are created. When acne forms, a “blob” of bacteria is trapped in a pore, which white blood cells attack. When this occurs, collagen is damaged and ultimately destroyed. The skin that covers the area where the collagen was has nothing to lay on top of, and creates a small indentation, or pock mark, in the skin. This is called an atrophic scar. As people age, the amount of collagen in their skin lessens, and this can make these types of scars become more noticeable. This is the most common type of acne scar that occurs.
Another, though less frequent, type of acne scar is a keloid scar. This is a type of scar that is more common in men than women. This scar occurs after acne is healed and too much collagen is produced. This type of scarring is firm and rubbery, and it can be anywhere from pink to brown in color.
Tissue fillers can make a huge difference in the appearance of most atrophic scars, but they will do nothing to help keloid scars unfortunately.
How do tissue fillers reduce the appearance of acne scars?
Tissue fillers work by filling the gaps caused by the lack of collagen under the skin, in the site of the acne scar. Once the filler has been injected into the site of the scar, the level of the skin is raised, which reduces the appearance of the acne scar, and usually makes it nearly invisible.
When the procedure first became common, these sites were injected with fat or collagen taken from another part of the patient’s body. However, as the technology has developed, there are many other types of fillers for this procedure that are currently being used, many of which are now artificial. Some common fillers are Restylane, bovine Collagen, Fascian, and Artecoll; more are also now being tested for approval by the FDA.
The advantage of this type of acne scar treatment is that it is very successful, and directly targets to cause of the acne scar; however, it is not a permanent treatment for acne scars. Most fillers last between four and six months, and then they have to be treated again.
If you are hesitant to have filler injections done, there is a less invasive alternative. Many skin plumpers, which are used to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, can also help reduce the appearance of acne scars. By using a serum with hyaluronic acid it will temporarily give skin additional volume that will smooth the surface of the skin; skin will appear smoother within twenty minutes. This treatment only lasts about twenty-four hours.
Will it work for me?
The most important part of acne scar removal is to make sure that your acne treatment has been completed. If you do not have totally clear skin, many acne scar treatments will make acne worse. Once your skin is clear, this is one of many successful ways to treat acne scars. It makes them almost invisible, and there are a variety of fillers to choose from. But be aware, with this type of acne scar treatment it is temporary, and will require continuing treatments for the acne scars to remain unnoticeable.