We recommend that you see your local dermatologist for acne scar treatment. We are not dermatologists at Cityskin but we can offer dermal filler as a short term solution. It is best to see a specialist who has access to laser, TCA and all modalities to treat acne scarring.
This article is a guide to acne scarring only
As Doctors, we recommend always making sure that you have active acne treated. We see little point in treating scarring until you have stopped new acne lesions from forming as these can also scar. See your GP or dermatologist for advice on how to stop acne, or read our acne treatment guide.
Options for treating acne scars
Please note that at Cityskin we only offer dermal filler for acne scars. You can get a referral to a dermatologist or specialist for laser and TCA treatment.
If you have fine, superficial scarring on the face then there are a number of modalities available to help reduce their appearance. A series of chemical peels can help reduce the depth and appearance of scars. Lasers such as Fraxel are fantastic at reducing scar appearance but you have to bear in mind that you are likely to need 4 – 5 treatments over a period of months.
Deeper scars and ice-pick scars
Deeper scars, such as those in the picture above, can again be treated with laser, chemical peels and dermal filler.
Laser treatment for deep scars includes fractional laser such as Fraxel and ablative lasers such as CO2. A series of treatments is often needed to reduce the appearance of the scars and the treatment is likely to improve rather than fully eliminate all the scars.
‘Ice pick scars’, shown in the image below, can be treated with a strong solution called trichloroacetic acid (TCA) which causes inflammation and subsequent collagen stimulation. Dermal filler can be injected under the skin of the ice-pick scar to reduce the depth of the crater and improve the overall appearance.
Acne scar treatment with dermal filler
Dermal filler can be injected under the skin of acne scars to reduce the depth of the scar and improve overall appearance. Treatment can also induce collagen formation to help with reducing scarring in the long term. Think of this as the icing on the cake rather than the treatment that will make the largest impact.
Is acne scar treatment painful?
We often numb the skin before treatment with lignocaine anaesthetic cream. The treatment feels like a sting and is generally less painful than patients expect.