How Facial Fillers Can Treat Acne Scarring

Acne scarring is a common problem in those who have experienced blackheads, pimples and acne. There are five different types of acne scarring that are typically seen by Dr. Schwarcz. These types include:

 Ice pick acne scars, which are the most common form. They form narrow pits in the skin.

 Boxcar acne scars that have well-defined, angular edges.

 Rolling acne scars, which are shallow and appear as a wave on the skin.

 Hypertonic acne scars that have a raised edge that forms a boundary around the original wound.

 Keloid scars, which have a raised area that goes beyond that of the original wound. They may feel rubbery and may occasionally itch.

Treating Acne Scarring

It’s important to visit a board-certified dermatologist to treat your acne scars. When you visit our office, Dr. Schwarcz will assess your skin and determine the best course of treatment for you. There are several different treatment options for acne scarring that can be used on their own or in conjunction with one another.

Facial fillers are an effective way to treat and potentially permanently heal rolling and boxcar scars. They are generally well-tolerated, safe and effective for filling in the depression of the acne scar.

How Facial Fillers Work

Facial fillers treat acne scarring by using a hyaluronic-based filler in the acne scar. Once the filler is injected into the skin, the scarred bands begin to break down within the skin. The facial filler also stimulates collagen modification through the fibroblasts being stretched during the injection.

Treating your acne scars begins with a careful examination by Dr. Schwarcz. Your acne scars will be carefully examined to determine which are the best candidates for the filler. After determining the best way to treat your scars, your face will be cleaned with alcohol. Next, a numbing cream is applied to the affected skin to alleviate any pain during the procedure. Ice is then briefly placed on the scars that are being treated to reduce bruising and swelling. A very fine needle is then used to inject the filler into the scars. Your face may be swollen for two to seven days following the procedure; ice will help to reduce these.

Call Us Today

The caring, compassionate staff of Robert M. Schwarcz, MD, FACS understands the embarrassment that can come from acne scarring. We want you to feel and look your best. We are proud to serve all of our patients in the New York City and Manhattan areas. Call us today so we can help you achieve the smooth skin you’ve always wanted.

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