Juvederm offers one of the best treatments for reducing the appearance of scars, including those caused by acne. Treatment results are long lasting, patient feedback is highly positive and only minor side effects have been observed when injection is undertaken by highly trained medical professionals.
Types of scars treated with Juvederm
Scars from acne can cause embarassment, causing patients to seek treatment for the condition. Prevalent in patients with severe forms of acne, such as nodular and cystic, most acne scars fall into two categories: atrophic and hypertrophic scars.
Of the two types, dermal fillers treat the former and are particularly suited for improving the look of scars that have left indentations in the skin, including rolling scars, and the less-defined boxcar scars.
Why use Juvederm for acne scars?
Juvederm’s smooth formulation and long-lasting results make it a good choice for treating most acne scars. Restoring volume to pitted scars using a high-viscosity filler such as Juvederm Ultra improves the appearance of the skin, an effect that continues to develop over time due to the subcision of the needle during the procedure. The effects of Juvederm Ultra treatment for acne are expected to last for between 9 and 12 months.
Another approach is to use a low-viscosity skinbooster filler, such as Juvederm Volite, to treat large areas of scarring. In this approach, the filler hydrates and conditions the skin rather than providing volume to lift individual scars.
For a more durable effect, dermal fillers can be used in conjunction with other dermal treatments such as fractional non-ablative laser treatment and chemical peels to improve skin texture and reduce scarring.
The Juvederm treatment procedure involves first discussing the scars that cause the patient the most concern and developing an approach for scar treatment. The target site must be cleansed and disinfected with an antiseptic prior to treatment.
Next, inject dermal filler into the skin directly under the indented area. Treat the area in a systematic manner as localized edema may develop to the point where scars are no longer visible.
Have the patient assess the results of the treatment and give them the opportunity to point out further scars that need similar treatment. Resume this treatment as necessary until the desired effect is achieved and all parties are satisfied with the results.
Juvederm treatment for filling acne scars is can sometimes come with complications. For example, placing the filler at too superficial a depth, or injecting too much, can lead to nodules, lumps, and visible filler. These complications typically occur more often when treating shallow acne scars.
Occasionally, patients have reported a donut-like or cratering effect, several months after treatment due to the filler settling around the scar, making the scar more pronounced. Minor lumps and unevenness can be mitigated by massaging the area.