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    Dermal Fillers for Acne Scarring

    Acne scars of different types respond best to specific treatments. Dermal fillers injected into the base of saucer shaped rolling acne scars elevate the depression and create a smoother look. Results are long lasting but not permanent.

    About dermal fillers

    • Dermal fillers are smooth gels that are based on our body’s own natural skin components. They are injected beneath some types of rolling acne scars to restore a smoother and natural looking appearance and are also used to plump lips, erase wrinkles and restore lost facial volume.
    • Dermal fillers are easily dissolved using an injectable enzyme if desired.
    • Dermal fillers offered at Heber Davis are long lasting but not permanent. Permanent fillers have been associated with increased risk of serious complications such as infection, granuloma formation (permanent lump formation that can occur even years after administration), and incorrect placement. Permanent fillers cannot adapt to the inevitable changes that occur in our faces as we age. What looks good at 30 could well become a source of embarrassment at 50.
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    What does treatment with a dermal filler involve?

    • You will be seen by a doctor who will review your medial history, decide on the best treatment plan for you and inform you of potential side effects of treatment.
    • You will be shown before and after photos of other patients’ outcomes to give you a realistic expectation of your own result.
    • We will photograph the area to be treated and will use these photos to monitor your progress over time.
    • Ice, anaesthetic creams or injections and/or laughing gas will be offered to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
    • Treatment involves a series of injections into the base of the scars.
    • Injectable fillers are administered in just a few minutes.
    • More than one treatment may be required to achieve the best results. The first treatment lays the foundation for subsequent improvement or adjustment.

    How do I look after treatment?

    Results are instant and most normal activities may be resumed immediately. Makeup may be applied as desired. Because some patients may experience temporary redness, swelling or bruising, treatments should not be scheduled just before an important event. We also recommend that you do not engage in excessive exercise, smoking or alcohol consumption for 24 hours post procedure to allow your skin to adapt to its new contours.

    See our recommendations to help you prepare for your treatment.

    How long do dermal fillers last?

    Improvements last from 6-24 months, depending on the filler used and area injected.

    What are the side effects of filler treatments?

    As with any treatment that punctures the skin, dermal filler treatments carry some risk of temporary redness, swelling, bruising or activation of pre-existing cold sore infections. We recommend that you avoid excessive exercise, smoking and alcohol for 24 hours post procedure to allow your skin to rest and adapt.

    As a precaution, dermal filler treatments should not be scheduled immediately before an important event.

    Is there anyone who shouldn’t undergo dermal filler treatment?

    Dermal fillers are not recommended for those who are pregnant or breast-feeding, who have inflammation or infection in the area to be treated, or who are intending to have chemical or laser peeling within a few months. Extra precautions may need to be taken in those who are allergic to local anaesthetics, who have any disease affecting the immune system or who are prone to keloid or hypertrophic scarring

    Can dermal fillers be combined with other acne scarring treatments?

    Subcision is often performed before a dermal filler treatment to create a space to hold the filler in place, preventing it spreading to surrounding skin.

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