Acne scarring can mar the appearance of the face and ruins people’s self-confidence. As if getting acne during the teen years wasn’t enough, the awful scarring when the acne is gone serves as a painful reminder to bad skin days as a teen. But, thanks to new techniques to treat acne scars, it has become pretty easy to deal with them and eradicate them completely from the skin.
It is understandable that many people are scared of surgical alternatives to treat acne scarring. One of the most popular non-surgical options happens to be dermal fillers that not only work against acne scars but also for removing ageing signs on the skin. This is how dermal fillers work:
Another name for “dermal fillers” is “soft tissue fillers” or “injectables.” As the name suggests, these fillers are injected on the area that resides under the skin. This is because acne scars can affect multiple skin layers, and it is important to treat all those layers during the procedure. Thus, when the doctor injects these fillers into a patient’s skin, they vary the needle length according to the scar. The number of scars that a patient requires would also depend on how bad the scars really are.
The top layer of the skin is called epidermis, and the layer under it is called dermis. Dermis is mostly collagen, which is responsible for skin’s health, vitality, elasticity and other structural features. As the scarring causes the top layer to have an uneven appearance, adding collagen based fillers to this layer helps to heal the skin.
The process is more like plumping up the skin and making it flawless, even and smoother. The main work of fillers is in replenishing the body’s collagen levels and repairing the epidermis, which has deteriorated. They raise the affected skin and get rid of acne pits and scars so that the look is enhanced.
There are basically two types of injectables – natural, synthetic, absorbable and non-absorbable. The type that is right for a patient is dependent on the extreme nature of the scarring. The best way to go about it is by taking the doctor’s opinion. When the patient tells the doctor about the results expected by them – in terms of how long they want the filers to last – the doctor can recommend the type of filler that is right for them.
Synthetic fillers are FDA approved as they are pretty effective. Artefill is one such filler, which is non-absorbable as the body fails to metabolize it and the results are almost permanent with this filler. It is made of micro beads that float in bovine collagen. A semi-permanent solution is one absorbable and synthetic filler called Radiesse, which is FDA approved as well.
For people with sensitive skin and a tendency to get allergies, natural fillers are more preferable. Hyaluronic acid and collagen are FDA approved natural fillers. These fillers have the same characteristics with the natural ingredients in the human body, which keep the skin tight, healthy and deal with scars themselves. Thus, the body readily accepts them. However, these fillers do not have the long life and results that synthetic fillers have.
The procedure is not a long one at all. It lasts for about an hour, and an anesthesia is used to avoid the pain during the procedure. After the procedure, the patient can carry out with their day to day lives without any problems. However, the doctors always recommend that the skin should be protected from the sun. The doctor also informs the patients about the expected side effects, but they vanish with time.