Female or male, young or old, acne is a condition that can affect almost anyone at any time. For most people acne is a temporary issue that appears and can be treated relatively quickly. Unfortunately for some individuals though, an acne outbreak can leave a person with residual scarring. Previously this has been difficult to treat but with modern dermatological techniques, the scarring that acne leaves behind can be easily treated.
Juvederm for Acne Scars
Juvederm is a popular type of dermal filler that is often used to treat deeper acne scars. The way Juvederm works is that it can help to reduce the look of the scarring through a series of injections into the skin where the problem manifests. It is non-invasive, and the filler consists of hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that naturally occurs in the body.
In certain circumstances, it is also appropriate to combine Juvederm injections with other procedures such as chemical peels, Bellafill, eMatrix or Fraxel lasers. Dr. Michele Green will provide advice as to the quickest and most effective course of treatments suitable in your own individual case.
Bellafill Before & After Photo
Juvederm can work with some types of acne scarring. Generally, Juvederm is best suited to treat rolling scars and boxcar scars, which resemble chicken pox scars but with sharper edges. Juvederm can also treat ice-pick scars, which are the most common of the acne scar types. Injections of Juvederm into the skin will help promote collagen regrowth evening out the look of the skin. However, Juvederm is not suitable for treating raised scarring or bumps (also known as Hypertrophic Scars).
Rolling acne scars look like waves, or as their name suggests a rolling pattern that is formed on the skin. This type of scarring is caused by damage under the skin where fibrous tissue bands pull the epidermis, causing tension that ultimately forms the appearance of the scar. Juvederm is well suited to treating these types of scars. Finally, ice-pick scars resemble needle-holes within the skin, as if the skin was punctured with an ice-pick. Depending on the appearance of the ice-pick scars, it may be possible to treat these with fillers as well. In many cases, this type of scarring is better treated with other procedures such as laser skin resurfacing and TCA cross-hatching.
The Juvederm procedure is straight forward. Each individual depressed scar area will need to be treated with Juvederm to see an improvement. After the treatment, the results will continue to improve over the following weeks. As with all dermal fillers the results will fade in time, but because collagen production is encouraged by each procedure, as it is repeated again over time.
In some cases, depending on the size and depth of the acne scars, Juvederm requires one treatment – and this can last from 9 to 12 months. Common side effects may include tenderness in the treated area, as well as redness and bumps that may occur in some patients. The Juvederm procedure itself may also cause some minor discomfort, and in some cases, an anesthetic may be applied to help numb the area. Overall though, the injection process can take under 30 minutes, which means you can easily schedule it within your busy day and immediately return back to work with no “down time.”
If you are frustrated with issues surrounding acne scarring, finally there is a nonsurgical solution that can help. Contact us online today or call our NYC based office 212-535-3088 to learn more about whether using Juvederm to treat acne scars may be the right solution for you.