Acne Scar Treatment & Prevention

Acne affects a large majority of teens and some adults all over the world. Most of all, people continue to fight with acne scars left over even once those acne-filled years are over. There are a few temporary solutions, such as makeup, and there are costly solutions, such as laser treatments.

How Acne Scarring Occurs

Image of Skin with an Acne Breakout and the resulting Acne Scars. Acne Scarring can be treated with Bellafill at Ginsburg Dermatology Center in Birmingham, AL
Atrophic (pitted) scarring starts with aggressive acne inflammation and can lead to irregular healing and loss of collagen, which is a key structural component of skin. This can therefore result in a pitted or sunken scar and uneven skin surface.

Treating Acne Scars with Bellafill

What is Bellafill® and what makes it unique?

It is Distinctive

In the world of injectables, Bellafill® is distinctive. Bellafill® works in two ways:

  • The collagen provides immediate volume below pitted acne scars. It lifts them to the level of the surrounding skin.
  • The PMMA microspheres create a matrix and this supports your body’s own collagen production.

FDA approved

Bellafill® is the only dermal filler on the market approved for the correction of moderate to severe, atrophic, distensible facial acne scars on the cheek in patients over the age of 21 years. 

Bellafill® requires a skin test to identify patients. This is because they may be allergic to to the lidocaine or bovine collagen in Bellafill®.

Proven safe

Bellafill® isn’t just an exceptional treatment option for acne scars. It has a proven safety profile.

Bellafill® is a polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) collagen filler

Image of Bellafill Gell Immediately after injection, and at 4 months, the Collagen tissue matrix and blood vessels has formed around PMMA.
See visible correction with the very first treatment.
The collagen in Bellafill® provides immediate volume and lift while the PMMA microspheres remain in place and create a matrix that supports collagen production in your skin for lasting improvement. Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) is a biocompatible material that people have been using in medical implants for 65 years

Bellafill® replaces lost volume in the skin

Diagram for Bellafill Acne Scar Treatment: Bellafill is placed below the depression using a fine needle. The injectable gel immediately lifts pitted acne scars to the level of the surrounding skin for a smoother appearance. Treat Acne Scars at Ginsburg Dermatology in Birmingham, AL
Bellafill® works in two ways:

  • The collagen provides immediate volume below pitted acne scars to lift them to the level of the surrounding skin.
  • The PMMA microspheres create a matrix that supports your body’s own collagen production.

The injectable gel is comprised of 80% purified collagen and 20% PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) microspheres. The microspheres are half the diameter of a human hair, so small that they are virtually invisible to the eye.

And keeps on working. Bellafill® is different. It restores rather than just fills for natural enduring results

Identifying the 3 types of Atrophic acne scars:


Bellafill for Acne Scars Before and After Photos:

Bellafill for Acne Scars Before photo 1Bellafill for Acne Scars After 12 months

Treating Acne Scars with Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser

It is not recommended to start laser treatment if you still have active acne. Once it is well controlled, you may consider Halo™ laser skin resurfacing. Halo™ has been shown to even the skin surface and build new collagen. Since collagen is a protein that acts as a building block for skin, it can fill in the acne scars. Typically, one to three treatments can make a noticeable improvement in the appearance of acne scarring, and results can last several years.

Recently studies have shown that lasers such as Halo can be performed even if you have recently undergone a course of Accutane.

What is the procedure for Halo™ acne treatment?

Doctors apply a topical anesthetic to your skin about 30 minutes prior to treatment. Then, the Halo handpiece rolls over your skin, sending wavelengths to the top and bottom layers of the skin tissue. You will be able to resume normal activity after treatment. However, it’s important to protect your skin for the first 24 hours and carefully follow your aftercare instructions. You can expect your skin to peel after about 3 days, finally revealing the rejuvenated skin.

How Much Does Halo™ Cost?

Because each individual gets a customized Halo laser treatment the cost will vary depending on the person and the number of treatments needed to produce their desired result.

Sunscreen and other precautions

Most of all, wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day is one of the best things you can do for you skin, since ultraviolet light from the sun can cause acne scars to darken and slow the healing process. Contrary to popular belief, do not put Vitamin E on your acne scars because they can actually get worse. Also, avoid picking and squeezing, which almost always makes scarring worse in the end.

If you’re struggling with acne scarring in Birmingham or surrounding areas, contact Dr. Ginsburg at Ginsburg Dermatology for expert acne treatment.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are ready to get rid of unwanted acne scars, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ginsburg to learn more about treatment options. Fill out the form below, or call us at (205) 592-4880