The only thing worse than acne itself is the scarring that can occur from long-term, severe bouts of acne. Dr. Thompson sees patients for many facial skin concerns, especially acne scars that leave patients feeling very self-conscious about their appearance.
Popular treatment options have typically included skin resurfacing treatments, such as a fractional CO2 laser treatments, and/or dermal fillers to fill in the tiny holes created in the skin by acne. Restylane is a dermal filler that is commonly used to treat ance scarring and is made of hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in the skin.
The latest acne scar treatment, Bellafill, is also a dermal filler but is not made of hyaluronic acid. Bellafill is made up of collagen and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres that when injected, add volume to wrinkles and create a matrix that supports collagen production in your skin for lasting improvement. While hyaluronic acid dermal fillers also fill wrinkles and add lost
volume to the face, the microspheres set Bellafill apart as they continue working long after the initial treatment.
Bellafill received Drug Administration approval last week for the treatment of acne scarring. By injecting Bellafill underneath the scars, the microspheres go to work pushing them out, making the skin smoother.
Patients and plastic surgeons alike are very excited as this is the first FDA product for acne filling and is another great option to add for those suffering from acne scarring. To learn more about this product, visit our Bellafill page or schedule a free consultation with Dr. Thompson to determine if Bellafill is right for you.