How Effective is Dermal Filler Treatment for Acne Scars?


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Depending on the type of acne scarring you have, dermal fillers can be very effective. If you have a few, mild-to-moderate ice pick or boxcar scars, dermal fillers can offer significant improvement for the appearance of your skin. However, if you suffer from rolling or hypertrophic (keloid) scars you will see no improvement and dermal fillers will only worsen your condition. Dermal fillers may be effective on more severe acne scarring but the expensive nature of continually having your fillers re-injected means that they are not an appropriate treatment. Your doctor or practitioner will be able to assess how effective dermal fillers will be on your particular kind of scars.

For patients suited to dermal filler treatment, the effect can be very good. The filler will plump up your skin and raise the depression in it caused by the scar. This effect brings the lower ‘base’ of your scar into closer alignment with the rest of your skin and can soften the edges of the scar. This can mean that your scar is barely noticeable, though the levels of success do vary depending on the patient, the practitioner and the type of filler that is used.

Alternatives to Dermal Filler Treatment

For many people, the effectiveness of dermal filler treatment is not an issue. The problems are price and convenience. As dermal fillers typically only last a few months, they have to be constantly redone. This can ultimately be very expensive and inconvenient and force people to look for alternatives.

As many people who are interested in dermal filler treatment have mild-to-moderate boxcar and ice pick scars the best alternatives might seem a little too invasive and too risky. However, treatments like chemical peels, dermabrasion and laser resurfacing can be very effective and work out far cheaper in the long run. Your doctor or dermatologist will be able to recommend the best alternative treatment for you.

If you suffer from raised (hypertrophic) scars you may wish to consider cortisone shots and if you are looking to get rid of rolling scars, subcutaneous incision is often the most effective option.


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