Dermal Fillers for Acne Scars

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Acne is a common skin condition, which affects most people for some part of their lifetime. Typically you will experience acne in your teenage years, where fluctuating hormone levels and stress have an extremely adverse affect on the condition of the skin. However, it is entirely possible to develop adult acne at any point in your life and other factors such as smoking habits, stress, drug use or hygiene can result in the development of the condition. As embarrassing and uncomfortable as the actual condition is, it can also cause more long-lasting problems in the form of acne scars. These usually manifest in the form of small indented marks in the skin, sometimes known as ‘ice pick’ or ‘pock mark’ scars.

Reducing the appearance of Scars

The advantage of using dermal filler on acne scars is that the skin can be raised, smoother and tightened around the area to give a healthier, smoother and more uniform appearance to the skin. Treatments commonly used on acne scars include bovine collagen, fat, hyaluronic acid derivatives. Due to the nature of the dermal filler used, the effect is usually quite temporary and repeated treatments will be needed as the filler breaks down naturally in the skin. The results can be very beneficial and an improvement seen straight away. A permanent alternative can be polymethyl methacrylate, or PMMA, which is a treatment of injections of microspheres of plastic suspended in a biological fluid, such as collagen or other dermal filler. However you should consult extensively with your aesthetic practitioner/surgeon when considering this option as the permanent nature of the treatment can leave your skin with an unusual or irregular appearance as the skin ages and changes naturally around the treatment. Some redness and swelling is to be expected for a few days after undergoing this sort of procedure, but the risk of other sort of complications or side effects are slight. However you should discuss all the possible implications of any procedure before you undertake any treatment with your consultant.

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