Alongside topical skincare products, including resurfacing treatments and ingredients like retinol, there are a number of clinical options available. Lasers, microdermabrasion and chemicals peels can all help to reduce scars by stimulating the production of collagen within the skin and boosting cell turnover to encourage healthy skin cells to grow.
However, they can also take a number of treatments before seeing visible results. For those looking for instant improvements, top skin doctor, Dr. Costas Papageorgiou MD FACS, Medical Director of NYDG London, reveals the surprising treatment that delivers on the same day.
While you may think dermal fillers are only good for plumped lips and adding volume to areas of the face such as cheek bones, Dr Papageorgiou uses the cosmetic treatment to treat acne scars, too. “Hyaluronic acid gel fillers or bio-stimulatory fillers can be used as a volumising and nutrient scaffold to smoothen atrophic scars or depressed scars, which in turn will smoothen the overall skin texture,” he explains.
We find out everything you need to know about the revolutionary use of fillers…
Do fillers work on all types of scars?
“Ideally patients with depressed acne or traumatic scars,” explains Dr Papageorgiou. “I also use this method with patients with eyelid retraction following aggressive eyelid surgery as it helps with internal scarring as it supports the skin and lifts the retracted lower eyelid – this is called a hyaluronic acid gel stent.”
What type of filler is best?
There are a few different types of fillers but according to Dr Papageorgiou, there’s one that offers the best results; “ideally hyaluronic acid gel fillers as they are less inflammatory. I tend to use a hybrid approach with high and medium viscosity hyaluronic acid (Allergan Voluma and Volift) injected within the scar – injecting at different layers.”
Are there any complementary treatments?
“I often combine this with laser,” says Dr Papageorgiou. “Specifically, I use Laser Genesis 1064nm and Limelight IPL to soften the scar and improve redness. Depending on the patient, I may also incorporate autologous growth factors via biological skin therapies such as Arthrex PRP to boost neocollagenesis.”
“Neocollagenesis [the formation of new collagen] occurs in the human body as a natural component of wound repair and is the result to an inflammatory response. It’s this inflammation that then produces increased fibroblast stimulation and collagen deposits.”
How long do the results last?
The potential downside with treating scars with filler instead of resurfacing treatments is that the filler will naturally be absorbed by the body after a number of months and the appearance of the scar will return to how it was prior to treatment. “Ideally patients require maintenance sessions every six months or so,” recommends Dr Papageorgiou.
If you’re thinking of having the treatment, read our ultimate guide to everything you need to know about fillers as well as our top tips to treating acne scars using everything from your skincare regime to your diet.
How we as Therapists can do our small part to make a massive change!
When Sir David Attenborough speaks, we all listen. With the recent stark warning about the global plastic pollution ‘catastrophe’ – plastic is a dirty word. Let’s do our bit to help.
2019 marks a growing trend towards people ditching the plastic and making their beauty routines zero waste. The global cosmetics and beauty industry produces 120 billion units of packaging each year, with the majority of this not recycled, this leaves a big question mark over the sustainability of the beauty industry.
In this blog, we highlight some of our favourite zero waste beauty and makeup brands which are at the forefront of the green beauty movement, using innovative methods to create high quality natural skincare, bodycare and cosmetic products which don’t cost you the earth.
We should all try and do our part to help the environment and as a therapist it is important to recognise how you can achieve this.