Let’s face it, acne is truly a four-letter word. It affects people of all demographics, and often results in permanent scarring. Until recently, there was never truly an immediate fix for deep acne scars. Treatments, including microdermabrasion and chemical peels, often result in skin discoloration and additional scarring. Today, the gold standard is fractional laser resurfacing, achieved through either a single treatment C02 laser (entailing significant downtime) or multiple treatments with a minimally-invasive Erbium laser. However, like its predecessors, results are not immediately realized.
Recently, Bellafill, a smooth collagen-based dermal filler with polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres, was approved by the FDA to treat both nasolabial folds and acne scarring. Delivering dramatic results in a single office visit (with little-to-no downtime), Bellafill lifts acne indentations while helping the skin recreate its own firmer structure for a smoother appearance. Celebrity dermatologist, Dr. Ava Shamban, of Beverly Hills, explains, “[It’s] placed below the acne scar depression using a fine needle. The collagen gel provides immediate volume and lift and, over time, is absorbed by the body. The microspheres remain in place and create a matrix that provides structural support to the skin for lasting correction.”