Since acne scars are heavier than dark spots, it is highly recommended to seek the care and attention of your dermatologist or doctor. These scars often require far more intense procedures than we have outlined above, which can add to the cost of fading your acne scars.
Fading acne scars with steroid injections
In order to help fade your scar before it has had time to develop properly, you may want to get a steroid injection given to your dermatologist. Once you start to feel a huge pimple appearing, the steroid shot can be given to reduce the inflammation of your stain while helping to reduce the thickness of the scar. However, this will only reduce how the scar is raised, it will not do anything to the texture of it.
Fading acne scars with dermal fillers
To smooth the skin surface, various substances (e.g., hyaluronic acid) can be injected into your scars to enhance their appearance. Although these types of dermal fillers were previously not a permanent solution, there is now a long-lasting dermal filler that has been developed to permanently correct moderate to severe acne scars.
The product is called Bellafill and is the first dermal filler approved by the FDA. It’s different from other dermal fillers because it contains two ingredients that help to fade acne scars. For your body to produce more protein to heal itself, it contains 20% polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). This consists of tiny balls that form a framework structure for your skin. And unlike other fillers that degrade over time, PMMA provides a lasting result as it can not be absorbed into your skin.
The remaining 80% of the filler is collagen. In total, the procedure takes about 30 minutes, with most patients requiring only one treatment – others may need a few months later for a light aftertreatment.
Alternatively, if you do not want to try dermal fillers, you might opt for temporary ones that apply you like make-up.
Fading acne scars with laser
Collagen can often be reshaped by dermatologists through the use of a laser. Although they do not get rid of acne scars completely, they can fade them significantly. Lasers are especially helpful in eliminating the redness that forms with your acne scars and blemishes. For example, red scars are often treated with pulse dye lasers, while older scars that have lost their redness require a Fraxel laser.
Fading acne scars with punch excisions
This type of procedure is most suitable for those with ice ax scars because they are not as wide as boxcar or rolling scars. If this method is used on wider scars, you will need to make a larger hit that can create another scar in the original spot.
A dermatologist can do punch excisions, first numbing the area before cutting the scar with a device that looks a bit like a small cookie cutter! Once removed, they sew the area with a single stitch. This will be removed after a few days.