Review of Juvederm for the Treatment of Acne Scars
- Medical Community - June 26th 2018
Juvederm dermal filler is proven to be one of the best treatments for reducing the appearance of scars, including those caused by acne. The 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, motivating patients to seek treatment for the condition. Prevalent in patients with severe forms of acne, such as nodular and cystic, acne scars fall into two categories: atrophic and hypertrophic scars.
Of the two, 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 acne scars. Restoring volume to the depressed or pitted scar using a high-viscosity filler like Juvederm Ultra, improves the appearance of the skin, an effect that continues to develop over time time due to the subcision of the needle during the procedure. The effects of Juvederm Ultra treatment are expected to last for between 9 and 12 months.
Another approach is to use a low-viscosity skinbooster dermal 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 the scar.
For a more durable effect, dermal fillers can be used in conjunction with other dermal treatments like fractional non-ablative laser treatment and chemical peels to markedly improve skin texture and reduce scarring in the long-term.
The Juvederm treatment procedure involves first discussing the scars that cause the patient the most concern and coming up with an approach for scar treatment. The treatment site must be cleansed and disinfected with an antiseptic.
Next, inject 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 treatment. Resume treatment as necessary until the desired effect is achieved and all parties are satisfied with the results.
Juvederm treatment for filling acne scars is not without its complications. Placing the filler at too superficial a depth, or injecting too much, can lead to nodules, lumps, and visible filler. This occurs more often when treating shallow scars.
Occasionally, patients have reported a donut-like or cratering effect 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.