Dealing with acne scars is a natural occurrence for many people. People have their own ways of treating acne. However, when acne is not treated properly, it leaves an undesirable scar.
Undergoing Acne Scar Augmentation
Augmentation is one of the ideal treatments to effectively remove acne scars. The patient undergoes a special treatment wherein collagen or fat from other parts of the body, also called Restylane, is injected underneath the acne scars to stimulate the body’s natural collagen to clear the scar. It is an almost natural process, but with a little help from science that makes the healing process faster and more effective.
Although augmentation has been proven successful in most cases, collagen augmentation is not a permanent solution and requires regular treatment to maintain its effect on the skin. It has an estimated effect of 6 months to 6 years, depending on the type of collagen injected and how the body reacts to it. Once the treatment has taken effect, it gets rid of the acne scar and builds natural collagen in the process. The skin usually appears smoother, even better than its original state.
The silicone augmentation is another alternative augmentation procedure. This type of treatment is said to be a permanent fix to acne scars, although it requires 5 to 6 months before the effect can be seen. However, when silicone treatment is not done properly or has not been administered by a licensed cosmetic surgeon, permanent marks and bumps may crop up in the skin, and this will require another treatment to fix your skin problem (not to mention the additional time you have to wait before you can get your desired results).
Side Effects of Acne Scar Augmentation
A person undergoing an augmentation treatment might experience allergic reactions, minimal pain, reddish marks, swelling and bruising, which are normal side effects and will eventually disappear after 3 days to 2 weeks. In certain cases, a bump occurs, but is also temporary and can be easily treated by an anti-inflammatory injection. Very rarely does a post-reaction occur wherein itching or an allergic reaction is experienced by the patient, which is likely caused by an infection. It does not impose any serious threat, as long as it has been administered properly by a licensed doctor.
In conclusion, augmentation can be an effective treatment to remove scars, either through regular treatments or through the risky permanent treatment. Before trying to undergo augmentation procedures, first ask your doctor’s opinion if this would be the best and suitable treatment for your skin condition. Try to get as much information as possible about the potential side effects. Having the right knowledge about the procedure you are about to go through will make it easier for you to deal with the side effects.