Many acne patients suffer from a wide variation of acne scarring. Some of the common types of acne scars include ice pick scars, rolling scars, boxcar scars, hypertonic scars, and keloid scars. Various non-surgical skin care procedures are available today to mitigate the effect of these acne scars on the face.
During the initial consultation, the treatment provider will discuss the most appropriate suitable option after evaluating the condition of the scars.
Dermal filler injections have been successfully used over the years as a simple and safe solution to reduce the appearance of certain types of acne scars.
These FDA approved filler gels are designed to plump the facial skin, which fills the depressions and mitigates the scarring. Dr. Steven Zimmet is an astute and proven dermatologist providing dermal fillers and other treatments for acne scarring to patients in Austin, TX, and surrounding communities and suburbs in this part of the state.
Specific Acne Scars
Dermal filler injections are an excellent treatment to potentially get rid of some acne scars, being particularly effective for rolling scars and certain less prominent boxcar scars. Rolling scars create an indentation in the skin, which appears like a wave because of its shallow depth and wide size.
Boxcar scars are quite similar to chicken pox scars and have well-defined, angular edges that make them look like a box. They produce an indentation in the skin and are commonly found on the cheeks or temples. Facial filler cosmetic dermatology treatments are safe and well-tolerated with successful results to fill the depressions associated with these scars. The loss of volume caused by these acne scars is effectively addressed with dermal fillers.
Types of Fillers
A number of dermal fillers are available today, and the patient can choose the most appropriate ones in consultation with the dermatologist.
The dose required for filling acne scars will also vary according to the patient’s scarring, overall facial anatomy, and their personal cosmetic goals. Hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane and Belotero Balance may be typically recommended by the treatment provider for acne scars.
Results with dermal filler injections will become visible almost immediately, and will continue to improve over the next several weeks and months. The modification and improvement occurs because the filler injection technique used by the provider will break up some scarred down bands. Furthermore, the filler gel will trigger fresh collagen production in the deeper layers, creating more sustainable facial volumizing over time.
Once the dermatologist and the patient have determined which facial scars will be filled, the treatment process can begin. The provider will cleanse the affected area with an alcohol-based cleanser and may apply ice to the site before treatment. The filler gel will be injected with a fine needle and then gentle pressure with gauze will be applied.
Once all the targeted scars have been filled, the patient can review their facial appearance in the mirror. At this stage, the patient may point out if any additional scars are bothering them, which may also be filled. Dedicated and fantastic dermatologist Dr. Zimmet receives patients from Austin, TX, and nearby areas for dermal filler injections.