Acne is the most common skin condition among teens and adults alike. In fact, around 50 million Americans suffer from acne every year.
Acne breakouts can be painful and embarrassing—and unfortunately, acne’s effects don’t stop once those breakouts clear up. Severe acne often leaves scars that mark your skin for years after the acne itself disappears.
Acne scars are often depressed, discolored blemishes. They’re difficult to treat, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with the reminder of past acne breakouts. Our team at New York Spine and Sports Surgery specializes in dermal fillers, so you can finally say goodbye to those embarrassing acne scars.
How dermal fillers treat tough acne scars
Acne starts when bacteria, dead skin cells, and oil build up in your pores. This buildup clogs pores, and the resulting inflammation creates a visibly raised pimple.
Acne inflammation and swelling can be so significant that it breaks the wall of the pore, or follicle. In severe cases, a broken follicle can turn into an acne scar as the area starts to heal.
Your skin grows new collagen fibers to repair the damage, but these fibers are often thicker and tougher than the surrounding skin. The result? Uneven, pitted, or discolored acne scarring.
Over-the-counter treatments are often ineffective in treating deep acne scarring. However, dermal fillers offer an effective alternative to improve the look of acne scars on your cheeks.
Fillers are an injectable treatment, and they contain a solution like hyaluronic acid or polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres to add volume under the surface of your skin. When used to treat acne scars, fillers can lift those depressions and give your skin a smoother, more even appearance.
What to expect when you get fillers for acne scars
Our team starts by evaluating your skin to determine if you’re a good candidate for dermal fillers. If you have significant acne scarring, dermal fillers may be a good option for you.
After your consultation, we make our treatment recommendation based on the severity and location of your acne scars. Most people see results in just one treatment session, but some may benefit from a series of injections.
Your provider makes a series of small injections around your acne scars, and the dermal filler instantly starts to plump the depressions. Expect to notice an immediate improvement in the look of your scars, with your results continuing to develop over the following days.
Your dermal filler procedure may take up to an hour, and there’s no downtime required once you leave our office. Side effects are generally mild, but may include redness and swelling.
Talk to our team to find out how long your results will last. Some dermal fillers continue working for several months, while others last two years or more.
Acne scars are tough, but you don’t have to live with those embarrassing reminders of past breakouts. Book a consultation with our team to find out if fillers are a good option for your skin. Call one of our offices in Garden City, New York, or Fair Lawn, New Jersey, for an appointment.