The only thing worse than full-blown acne are the scars they leave behind. Acne scars are stubborn and appear on the skin as blemishes heal and collagen formation is disrupted. They can even be permanent if not treated properly at the correct time.
The best way to avoid the formation of acne scars is by preventing breakouts; however, there are several clinical procedures available that treat existing acne scars. One of the most popular treatments for acne scars is dermal fillers, which replace lost collagen to improve the appearance of scars and wrinkles. Here we provide an overview of how they work.
Collagen’s Role in Skin Health
First, let’s review the role of collagen in healthy skin. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and can be found in our organs, tissues, skin, and tendons. In fact, collagen is a naturally occurring substance in almost every living thing. It serves as the super glue that holds the body together. In addition to providing structural support, the protein also helps replace and restore dead skin cells, which leads to smoother and firmer skin that appears plump and youthful.
As we age, the body’s natural production of collagen begins to slow down significantly. Skin disorders like acne scars and wrinkles also destroy collagen, which is why they can leave you with scars where skin tissues have degenerated.
How Fillers Work
The skin is comprised of two layers: the outer layer (epidermis), and the inner layer (dermis). The gel-like hyaluronic acid is situated in between these two layers. When acne damages this naturally occurring gel-like layer, doctors can repair it by injecting hyaluronic acid into the resulting scars.
Dermal fillers stimulate collagen spindles to become more active, youthful, and improve elasticity. They are injected into scars to soften and smooth them into your normal skin. They can be used to treat a variety of acne scar types, including rolling, ice pick, and boxcar varieties, and are also used to restore volume to areas of the face where skin tissues have degenerated and formed fine lines and wrinkles.
The procedure for using dermal fillers for acne scars is gentle, non-surgical, and can be completed in under an hour. During the procedure, tiny amounts of filler are injected just below the surface of the skin. Unlike face-lifts that stretch the skin, fillers add volume for a more natural and youthful appearance. The results from temporary dermal fillers are instant and can last 6-12 months.
Dermal fillers are an excellent way to achieve a smooth and flawless complexion. At Leah Nickie ADVANCED AESTHETICS, we offer a range of dermal fillers. Schedule your complimentary consultation with us today and let our skin care experts discuss with you the most appropriate treatment option for your acne scars.