Acne scars affect people in different ways. Some don't really mind a few mild depressions in their skin, while others, especially if scarring is severe, actively seek ways to make their scars disappear. If you're considering treatment for your acne scars, your dermatologist might recommend filler serums, which often are provided to augment other scar treatments.
No one knows why some people seem to get more acne scarring than others from similar skin conditions, but the American Academy of Dermatology blames both heredity and acne severity. Ignoring your acne or failing to seek treatment from a dermatologist when you can't clear it on your own also contribute to scarring. Most acne scars develop as different types of depressed scars, such as pits or saucer-like depressions in the skin.
Facial filler serums, which are injected into your skin, physically raise the skin over your depressed acne scars so that the scars no longer appear prominent, according to the AAD. They've become quite popular since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first facial filler, in part because they work just about instantly to erase or nearly erase the scar. Side effects include swelling, redness and bruising, and tend to dissipate within a few days. In most cases, patients can return to daily activities immediately. A few patients develop hard nodules at the treatment site, which dermatologists can dissolve.
Types of Fillers
Filler serums best treat shallow depressed acne scars. Different dermatologists offer a variety of brands, including Restalyne, Hylaform, Radiesse, Cosmoderm and Artecoll. Most of these hold FDA approval only for wrinkle correction, not for acne scar correction, but dermatologists can and do use them to treat scars and other cosmetic issues.
Most facial filler serum treatment provides only temporary results, not permanent. According to Dr. Debra Jaliman, a private dermatologist in Manhattan, collagen-based fillers should last up to six months, after which you'll need to have the procedure performed again. Hyaluronic fillers last up to nine months, and newer forms of fillers, which include Radiesse, can last several years.
Many dermatologists recommend combining treatment with facial filler serum with other acne scar treatments, such as laser or chemical peels, according to the AAD. If you choose this option, you'll have the laser or chemical peel treatment performed first, and then your dermatologist will augment those results with filler serum injections. If you have acne scars, especially saucer-shaped depressed scars, you should discuss treatment possibilities with your dermatologist and develop an individualized plan.