As a teen, you couldn’t wait to grow up so you could get rid of your blasted acne. You were eager for zits, pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads to be a thing of the past.
But here it is, years or decades later, and you’re still battling the negative aesthetic effects of acne. Even if you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t break out occasionally as an adult, you walk around with the evidence of prior acne all over your face: Scars. You’ve tried chemical peels, lasers, and other ways to “polish” your skin, but the round or pitted holes remain.
Dr. Saul M. Modlin, an expert clinician in Garden City, New York, recommends the Juvèderm® collection of dermal fillers to plump up and smooth out atrophic (depressed) acne scars and pits. Juvèderm’s benefits extend beyond merely filling scars: The injectable gel also restores to your face the volume that’s lost because of aging or due to the destruction of the skin’s collagen matrix caused by prior acne lesions.
How you got those acne scars
When your skin develops acne lesions, there’s a lot more going on than the bumps that you see on the surface. Red and pink acne lesions — such as zits, pimples, and cysts — are the result of inflammation your immune system initiates to combat an infection caused by the skin bacterium Propionibacterium acnes. During the healing phase, imbalances in the enzymes that your body uses to rebuild your skin results in a week, poorly constructed collagen matrix.
Without the support of strong, healthy collagen, your skin collapses inward. This process results in atrophic scars such as:
- Ice pick (long and narrow)
- Rolling (round depressions)
- Boxcar (square depressions)
Dr. Modlin injects Juvèderm into the skin underneath the scar to create a stronger matrix. Plumped up by the Juvèderm gel, the skin in your scar rises to the level of healthy skin, creating a smoother, more polished look.
Restoring your hyaluronic acid
Juvèderm gel is composed of hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a natural component of your skin that diminishes with age or damage. When Dr. Modlin improves your scars with Juvèderm, the HA contained in the gel attracts moisture and nutrients, just as natural HA does. Your skin not only looks better, it functions more like healthy skin, too.
In addition to damaging the collagen matrix beneath your scars, a bad case of acne can leave all of your affected facial skin thinner and less elastic than normal. You may notice that your scarred cheeks look and feel thinner, too. And, as you age, the collagen layer further degrades, creating noticeable volume loss.
In such a case, Dr. Modlin restores overall volume to your skin with a Juvèderm gel. He carefully selects the right fillers for your individual needs from the Juvèderm collection:
- Juvèderm Voluma® XC — restores age-related volume loss in cheeks and midface
- Juvèderm Vollure(TM) XC — fills out moderate to severe wrinkles and folds
- Juvèderm — smooths moderate to severe wrinkles and folds
If you have other age-related volume loss, such as in your cheeks or under your eyes, talk to Dr. Modlin about remedying them with the fillers Juvèderm Ultra XC and Juvèderm Volbella® XC.
Instant, long-lasting improvement
After Dr. Modlin restores your skin with Juvèderm, you’ll notice that your scars are no longer visible. Your skin improves even more over the next several weeks, because the needle used for the injections initiates a healing response. In reaction to your therapy, your skin actually begins to produce its own collagen to further fill out your scar.
If Dr. Modlin restored lost volume in your cheeks and midface with a Juvèderm product, you’ll notice that your entire face looks more youthful and glowing. Smoother skin makes you look younger and healthier. Depending on the combination of fillers he selected for your unique case, you may need touch ups every 6-18 months.
You can finally put your acne behind you with Juvèderm scar treatment. Call us today to set up an appointment, or book one online.