Hyaluronic acid fillers – injections that are commercially known as Juvederm, Radiesse, and Restylane – can be used to temporarily improve the appearance of depressed scars by filling reducing the depth of the pit or depression in the skin, which can soften the appearance of the scars. However, chicken pox scars often have discoloration of the skin, which won’t necessarily be improved by the filler. Hyaluronic acids are temporary fillers that can be utilized for this purpose, as they are able to improve the appearance of certain types of scars while also improving the texture of your skin.
The amount of time that any filler lasts depends on where it is injected as well as the severity of the area being treated. However, Restylane lasts for around six to nine months while Radiesse remains in effect for one to two years. The short-term benefits of dermal fillers include the limited post-procedure downtime associated with them and almost immediate results. After the treatment, you may see continued improvement over the next few months.
For most people, the results last from several months to as long as a year. In addition to the short-term benefits of helping to raise the scars up to the surface of the skin, dermal fillers also help to break up the scar tissue and stimulate collagen production. This helps to diminish the appearance of the scars over time, requiring fewer, less aggressive treatments.
IPL & BBL Photo Facials
IPL and BBL Photo Facials can be incredibly effective on shallow chicken pox scars. Photo facials work by using a broad-spectrum light source that penetrates multiple layers of skin. This type of photo facial primarily targets the lower layers of skin (dermis) while leaving the top layers of skin (epidermis) unaffected. The heat generated from the light promotes healing of the skin within, treating a number of different dermatological issues, like chicken pox scarring.
You can expect outstanding results with photo facials, especially as it relates to treating the discoloration of chicken pox scars, but these treatments are not as effective with depressed scarring. A series of three to five treatment sessions spaced three weeks apart are typically required to obtain desired results. In some cases, those results can be seen after only the first treatment! And skin continues to improve with each successive treatment.
Get Rid of Your Chicken Pox Scars for Good!
After assessing your scarring, we will discuss which of our treatment options is most appropriate to provide you with the best results. In some cases, a combination approach may be recommended. For example, a vascular laser or series of photo facials may be recommended to reduce the redness, while an ablative laser may be used to smooth out or contour irregularities caused by the scarring.