Fillers for acne scars – how effective are they?

Dermal fillers for acne scarsBetter known as a rejuvenating treatment for adding facial volume, or a non-surgical procedure to boost thin lips, dermal fillers are also useful for improving the appearance of acne scars.

How does treatment work?

Essentially, the treatment works in exactly the same way as treating facial lines and wrinkles. An acne scar is a small depression in the skin, just the same as a wrinkle.

Injecting facial filler directly into the scar helps to lift this depression so it is the same height as the surrounding skin. As a result, the whole area appears smoother and more even.

As each scar is relatively small, the treatment requires a skilled practitioner with an expert eye to inject the precise amount of filler required.

What are the best fillers for acne scars?

There are so many dermal fillers on the market, and different practitioners will tend to have different opinions over which is most effective. However, because acne scars are a specialised treatment area, the choice is often easier.

The two most important criteria when it comes to fillers for acne scars are: a) that they can plump the skin well enough to correct the scar; and b) that they last long enough to provide a prolonged improvement.

Many practitioners feel that the best product to use depends on the precise nature of the scar to be treated. There are many different types of acne scars (ice pick, boxcar, rolling, etc), and no two will be the same shape, size or depth.

For more superficial scars, a more fluid filler is often preferred. Restylane is one well-known example of this type of filler. Restylane will plump, provide immediate correction, and the results can last anywhere from a few months up to 16 months.

Deeper rolling scars and atrophic scars benefit from more volume, so in these cases it’s often more effective to use a thicker, longer-lasting filler. One example of this thicker, heavier kind of filler is Radiesse, which can last for up to 2 years.

Other solutions for acne scars

Fillers are by no means the only answer when it comes to improving scars. There are several other effective treatments besides fillers for acne scars – some of which can also be combined with fillers to achieve the best outcomes. These include Sculptra, fat, laser resurfacing and acid peels. But fillers offer an instant improvement, are relatively inexpensive and provide long-lasting results.

To find out more about treating acne scars with facial fillers, please contact our team on 01844 318825¬†and we’ll book you a free no-obligation consultation to discuss the treatment with one of our¬†expert nurse practitioners.