Acne is a very common condition, affecting men and women. Everyone knows about acne in the teen years once puberty starts, what many don't realize is that adult acne is very common. This is especially true for women in their 30's and 40's. Acne makes you feel self conscious and can often even lead to scarring.
There are many effective treatments for acne and its complications. These include topical and oral medications, medical peels and exfoliation treatments and scar correction with surgery or silicone injection.
Acne scars come in many forms, but any depressed or dimpled scar can be improved by the injection of a filler. This adds volume under the scar and raises it up flush with the surrounding skin, often making it invisible in an instant. Temporary fillers, such as Restylane®, don't make sense for a permanent scar, so Dr. Elliott uses Silikon 1000 micro-droplets. Silicone has been used for more than 40 years for acne scarring and is the only permanent dermal filler available.
In this technique, a tiny needle is used to inject micro-droplets under the scar. The technique is instant, permanent, and does not require any down-time.
Another commonly performed treatment in Dr. Elliott's practice is "zit zaps". For troublesome, painful acne cysts, a simple cortisone micro-injection will shrink the pimple by the next day.