Can Dermal Fillers Help Reverse Acne Scars?

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    Concealing acne scars can get tiresome. While dealing with acne is one thing, the scars they leave behind are another concern. However, there is a solution for reducing acne scars through advanced fillers. This article will teach you how dermal fillers can reduce acne scars and enhance overall appearance.

    What are Fillers for Acne Scars?

    Dermal fillers, often regarded as soft-tissue fillers, are gel-like substances injected into the affected areas to correct acne scars and lift atrophic or depressed scars. Fillers are usually made from biocompatible natural and artificial substances that are safe for the skin. Besides enhancing skin texture and promoting collagen production, they also plump and lift the skin to reverse the damage (indentations) caused by inflammatory acne.

    While the results are temporary, regular touch-up sessions can retain the effects. There are various dermal or soft-tissue fillers with different consistencies. Collagen and fat-based fillers are popular for acne scars.

    How Do Dermal Fillers Work For Acne Scars? 

    As fillers are injected, the scarred area becomes plump and rises to level with the surrounding skin. When the skin is perforated with the needle, it initiates the skin’s healing response, which boosts collagen production post-injection and improves skin texture and scarring.

    Treatment Procedure

    Before getting dermal fillers, you will have a thorough consultation session with a dermatologist to examine your skin for the right type and quantity of fillers.

    Here is the step-by-step procedure for getting permanent fillers for acne scars:

    • Before the session, a dermatologist conducts a patch test of the filler to rule out allergies. It’s usually done by injecting it into the arm and monitoring for reactions.
    • First, the dermatologist marks the areas of your face where fillers are to be injected.
    • Before the session, the dermatologist will administer local anaesthesia to avoid
    • The dermatologist will inject a small amount of filler using a thin needle precisely into the affected area or depressed scar beneath the skin.
    • The procedure will be repeated on different areas of the face as required.
    • The entire process takes around 15-30 minutes, and after the session, the skin is cleansed again. The dermatologist may apply an ice pack on the injected area to ease the swelling.
    • In some cases, you can immediately see the results and skin volume gets restored in the affected area with deep scars.


    This article provides medical information about various procedures for awareness purposes only. We want to help you know about the various treatment options beyond the services available at Oliva Skin & Hair Clinic. We request you weigh the pros and cons of these aesthetic practices and make an informed decision about your skin and hair health.

    Best Alternatives for Treating Acne Scars

    Acne scars can be stubborn and require specialised treatment. Several dermatological therapies are available to treat different types of acne scars. However, Micro-needling Radio-frequency (MNRF) and Laser Skin Resurfacing are non-invasive, safe and advanced procedures to treat most acne scars with no downtime. These revolutionary treatments use USFDA-approved equipment to promote collagen production and enhance skin texture.

    Watch the Laser Skin Resurfacing procedure at Oliva Skin & Hair Clinic:

    Watch the Micro-needling Radio-frequency procedure at Oliva Skin & Hair Clinic:

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    How Much Do Fillers for Acne Scars Cost?

    The cost of the fillers varies for every individual and depends on the type of the filler, the size of the target area, the severity of the scars, the expertise of the dermatologist, and the clinic’s location.

    Risks and Side Effects of Fillers for Acne Scars

    Just like any procedure, dermal fillers may have mild side effects that usually resolve within one or two days. However, on rare occasions, one may experience delayed healing and infection. Some common yet harmless side effects include:

    • Swelling, Bruising And Redness: It is natural to experience mild swelling and redness at the injection site, which usually goes away on its own.
    • Allergic Reaction: You may get an allergic reaction to bovine-based fillers. But this is rare as the dermatologist will do an allergy test before the filler session.
    • Bleeding: Bleeding may happen if the filler is injected incorrectly.
    • Vascular Damage: If the dermatologist accidentally injects filler into a blood vessel, it may affect the blood flow and lead to permanent skin damage.
    • Asymmetrical Appearance: If you get fillers done by an inexperienced dermatologist, it may cause inappropriate placement, making both sides of the face look asymmetrical.
    • Lumping: Fillers may invoke an inflammatory response leading to lumping on the injection site in rare cases. Pre-treatment evaluation is crucial in avoiding this.
    • Displacement: The fillers may move or displace beneath the skin and form hard lumps or bumps under it leading to an uneven appearance.

    Fillers are an excellent treatment for pitted and scarred skin. However, if you desire long-term results, choose advanced dermatological procedures such as Micro-needling Radio-frequency (MNRF) and Laser Skin Resurfacing. Both these procedures offer remarkable results without any downtime. At the same time, they provide enduring results and enhance overall texture by promoting collagen production. These two options work on most grades of acne scars.

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    Kushneet Kukreja

    Kushneet Kukreja

    A postgraduate in Biotechnology from Kingston University and an ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition, Kushneet Kukreja is a passionate writer who works in close association with the dermatologists at our head office to generate valuable and scientifically accurate content for our blog.

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