Acne Scar Reduction
Acne affects 85% of people at some point in their life. Long after the acne is gone there may still be painful reminders of what was once there. Acne scars can greatly affect one’s self esteem. With acne scar reduction you can put your best face forward and leave the past behind.
Acne scars may present themselves as:
- Red or brown discolorations
- Small deep ice pick like marks
- Pock marks and box car scars ranging from small to large
- Hypertrophic or keliod
Excision and Subcision - Ice pick scars can be reduced using the punch graft technique. This involves removing the entire scar and suturing the healthy tissue together. The result is a much smaller, less visible scar without indention.
Acne scars which are primarily discolored and/or a mild depression can usually be resolved with less invasive procedures to remove the discoloration and stimulate collagen production, building up the indented ares. Deeper scars will require surgical scar reduction.
In 2015 Bellafill received FDA approval for acne scars. It is the only filler on the market approved in the United States for the correction of acne scars. Since that time, we have seen impressive results with the combination of Bellafill injections and the subcision of scar tissue. This is a simple in office treatment that offers immediate correction and lasting results. This can be followed up with Photofacials, chemical peels or skin rejuvination treatments to help correct the discoloration of the acne scars.
Bellafill is unlike other fillers that degrade over time. Because the microspheres are made of an inhert material (polymethylmethacrylate)they remain in the skin permanently, "reminding" the collagen to replenish itself. Bellafill restores rather than just fills for natural enduring results.
Which treatment option is right for you? This will depend on the severity of your scars and your individual skin type. Many times several treatment options are combined to give optimal results.