Acne scars aren't the easiest to treat with regular skincare products, especially if you're dealing with deep, dented scarring. Your dermatologist would definitely have the best solution, but even then, it'll take some time for you to see results. Of course, patience is key (and it'll pay off, promise!), but in case you need those scars gone and gone fast, here's an alternative to consider: fillers.
Contrary to popular belief, filler injections actually have more perks than just plumping up your lips and cheeks. They can help plump sunken areas on the skin like acne scars, too! Curious? Keep scrolling to find out more!
Things to Know About Filler Injections for Acne Scars:
1. The filler is not permanent.
Hyaluronic acid fillers are the most commonly used type for filler injections because they're a naturally occuring substance in our body, hence reducing the possibility of it causing a negative reaction. That said, this also means that HA fillers are not permanent—our bodies will eventually dissolve them and you'd have to redo the injections to reinforce the effect.
2. Fillers will instantly plump the sunken scarred area.
The effect of fillers on deep acne scars are almost immediate. Once the hyaluronic acid filler is injected underneath the scar, the bump on the area is reduced right away. Although it won't completely make scars disappear, especially more indented ice pick scars, the fillers will help improve the skin's texture.
3. A topical anesthesia is used to numb the skin.
Dermatologists will often apply a numbing cream on your face before injecting the fillers, especially if you need more than one needle prick. This will help lessen the uncomfortable feeling from the injections, which is perfect for those with a low pain tolerance.
4. There's little to no downtime.
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Anna Guanche tells Refinery29 that swelling is normal after getting acne fillers, but most of the infammation will go down in a few hours. The after-care is simple, too—just grab an ice pack and press it over your face until the redness subsides!
Editor's note: Only get fillers from qualified professionals such as a board-certified dermatologist to ensure a safe procedure.