Question: Does my acne have to be cleared up before dermal fillers can help me?
Short answer? Yes. This is because injecting dermal fillers into active acne lesions may cause them to become infected or severely inflamed.
But let’s slow down. You’re probably wondering what acne even is and what steps you can take to clear it up before treating any resulting acne scars. Acne is a disease that affects the skin’s oil glands. The small holes in your skin’s pores connect to oil glands under the skin. These glands make an oily substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands by a canal called a follicle. Inside the follicles, oil carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. A thin hair also grows through the follicle and out to the skin. When the follicle of a skin gland clogs up, a pimple grows.
It’s a Matter of Genes
Contrary to popular belief, acne isn’t caused by an unhealthy diet or poor hygiene. The simple truth is that heredity and hormones are behind most forms of acne. Swearing off potato chips or scrubbing your face 20 times a day won’t change your predisposition to this unsightly, sometimes painful, and often embarrassing skin problem. Since some forms of acne are caused by hormonal imbalances, certain types of birth control can help to balance out hormones, clearing up skin.
So what are things you can do to clear up existing acne? If it’s really severe, most doctors recommend trying Accutane, a form of vitamin A that is very successful in treating severe and persistent acne. It’s so effective that most people start seeing results after only a month. If Accutane doesn’t work for you, then you might want to consider birth control (if you’re a woman). Since some forms of acne are caused by hormonal imbalances, certain types of birth control can help to balance out hormones, clearing up skin.
Once your active acne has been treated, you can then undergo dermal fillers for any resulting acne scarring. True acne scarring is a permanent depression, elevation, or white area on the skin. Acne scarring follows cystic acne (hard, tender, deep lesions) or sometimes very inflamed pustular acne (plugged pores with pus in them). You can tell a true scar by the fact that it’s usually firmer than the surrounding skin.
Juvéderm to the Rescue
The best dermal filler for acne scarring is Juvéderm. A smooth gel filler, Juvéderm instantly erases wrinkles and lines around problem areas such as the nose and mouth. It also has been approved to treat even the worst acne scars. That being said, Juvéderm is most effective on broad, shallow scars – it doesn’t work on deep scars with narrow openings. Juvéderm is so powerful that its results last up to a year—and after only a single treatment.
Juvéderm is so powerful that its results last up to a year—and after only a single treatment. Because Juvéderm’s dermal gel is smooth rather than granular, a single injection of it makes skin looks smooth, natural and youthful. This is because the unique formulation of Juvéderm’s gel promotes hydration of the skin as well as restores volume to the skin and its underlying structures.
Juvéderm produces immediate results, and these results continue to improve for one to two weeks as Juvéderm softens and draws moisture into the area. And you can expect these results to last up to 12 months. In fact, Juvéderm is proud to be the only FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler to last up to one year with only one treatment.
LaserAway Lets You Say Goodbye to Acne Scarring
Tired of looking less than beautiful because of acne scarring? Then come to LaserAway. We’re proud to offer the most medical spa service options of any national skincare provider. We hire only the most highly trained staff experienced and certified in administering laser and other dermatological procedures. We aim to make your medical spa experience comfortable, enjoyable and satisfying.
Want to learn more about acne scar treatments? Then schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today by emailing LaserAway.com or calling the staff at LaserAway at (888) 965-2737.