Restylane for Acne Scars

What causes acne scars?

Acne is an inflammatory skin disease that affects a large majority of the population. Though it is most often associated with puberty, it can affect some individuals into adulthood, and the scars left behind from this condition can stay with individuals for years, even after breakouts stop. Acne scars are formed when inflamed lesions such as papule, pustules, or cysts form in the skin during a flare-up. When these lesions occur, it is because a pore or follicle in the skin becomes inflamed due to an excess of oil, bacteria, or dead skin cells. The inflammation causes a break in the follicle wall, and even after the body works at repairing this damage, the skin will not be as smooth as it was before the damage occurred.

How does Restylane work for acne scars?

Restylane is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler that effectively plumps and hydrates the skin, successfully smoothing out the skin to diminish the appearance of a number of facial imperfections. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the human body, which helps hold moisture within the skin and can help contribute to the functionality of the skin cells, helping to promote the production of vital proteins and nutrients such as elastin and collagen. Restylane is injected underneath the skin of indented acne scars to increase the volume and smooth out the surface of the skin. It is most effective on acne scars that have created skin depressions or that are indented, such as atrophic scars including boxcar scars or rolling scars.

Is it permanent?

As hyaluronic acid is a substance that is native to the body, it’s is naturally broken down by the body. Restylane is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler, and is therefore metabolized by the body eventually, making it only a temporary treatment for acne scars. However, patients can look forward to long lasting results, with most patients experiencing acne scar fading for around six to 15 months, depending on which Restylane product is used. Restylane Silk and Restylane Vital are both popular choices for Restylane products to treat acne scars. However, it is important to note that the longevity of results will vary by patient depending on a number of factors, including the area in which it is injected, the severity of the scarring, the injection technique, and the age and lifestyle of the patient. If the results are unsatisfactory, hyaluronic acid dermal fillers can also be reversed using hyaluronidase, which helps to dissolve hyaluronic acid.

Side effects

Restylane is a very safe and effective treatment for a number of facial issues, including acne scars. However, there are some potential mild, temporary reactions that may occur upon injection. Patients who receive Restylane for acne scars should be aware that side effects may include:

  • Swelling at site of injection
  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Acne-like formations at site of injection

These side effects are temporary and will likely resolve themselves without intervention within a few days.
Once injected, you can experience smooth skin for months. Talk to your doctor today to find out if Restylane is right for you.