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How to Fill an Acne Scar

How to Fill an Acne Scar

Overview

Acne occurs when pores in your skin become clogged, resulting in the eruption of inflamed pustules on the surface of the skin. These pustules may rupture, which can lead to scarring when the skin doesn't heal properly. Acne scars can be deeply pitted and are commonly treated with dermal fillers. The dermatologist injects a dermal filler under the skin to fill out the indentation caused by a scar.

Step 1

Choose your filler material. Collagen and hyaluronic acid are the most common dermal fillers, although their effects are temporary. You may also elect to use your own fat in some cases. This has the advantage of combining liposuction and a dermal filler injection into the same procedure. Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) is a more recent type of dermal filler, and its effects are generally permanent.

Step 2

Receive the dermal filler. The dermatologist may anesthetize the treatment area before injecting the dermal filler. You'll typically be awake during this procedure.

Step 3

Refrain from exercise for approximately 24 hours after you receive a dermal filler. You'll also need to avoid touching the treated area for approximately 3 days, depending on your dermatologist's instructions.

Step 4

Repeat your dermal filler injection as required. Most dermal fillers will be absorbed over time so you'll typically require another injection every 3 to 6 months. Fat is a longer-lasting dermal filler that typically lasts for three years.

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