Acne affects about 50 million Americans, and of those, roughly one-fifth wind up developing acne scars. Scars are typically associated with deeper cystic types of acne, but they can happen with less severe types of acne, too.
Invasive treatments, like deep peels or dermabrasion, can help, but they also come with potential side effects, like skin discoloration. For many people, dermal fillers offer a better solution, gently lifting scars so your skin looks smoother and healthier.
As leading dermatologists in Washington, DC, our team is skilled in acne scar treatments for patients at Metroderm DC: Medical, Laser, and Aesthetic Dermatology Center, including dermal filler injections tailored to every patient’s specific needs.
If you have acne scars, here’s how dermal fillers could help you.
How acne scars develop
You develop acne when bacteria on your skin get trapped inside your pores, where they cause inflammation and infection. As the infection progresses, inflammation and pus buildup can rupture the pore walls, damaging your skin and creating a scar.
Some acne scars are shallow and small. Often, these scars heal on their own thanks to your skin’s natural healing process. Your skin produces extra collagen fibers to help knit your skin back together and repair the damaged area.
But deeper scars can happen, too, especially if the ruptured pore allows the infection to spill over into a broader area of your skin. In these instances, you can be left with a depressed area of skin that looks different from the surrounding skin.
Dermal fillers for acne scars
Dermal fillers use special formulations to restore volume. While many people associate fillers with plumping up lips or restoring volume lost to aging, they can treat targeted areas, like acne scars and other types of scars.
During treatment, we select a filler that’s ideal for your specific scar. Then, we inject the filler using just the right amount to lift the indented area so it’s level with the surrounding skin.
Fillers don’t last forever, and they also don’t get rid of the scar forever. The good news is that you can have touch-up treatments to camouflage your scar and help your complexion look its best.
Learn more about acne scar treatments
Dermal fillers can be an effective solution for acne scars that cause depressions or divots in your skin. But sometimes your skin produces too much collagen during healing, creating a raised scar. In these instances, we can recommend other options to smooth the scar and improve your complexion.
To learn about all your options for achieving more beautiful skin, call us at 202-659-2223 or book an appointment online today with our team at Metroderm DC: Medical, Laser, and Aesthetic Dermatology Center in Washington, DC.