The use of Silicone Microdroplets to treat acne scars is an extremely effective and advanced technique offered by only a few skilled dermatologists and plastic surgeons. If you wish to improve the appearance of your skin by eliminating the depressions left behind by acne, you should consult with our Manhattan dermatologist Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, who is a world-renowned expert in the use of Silicone Microdroplets and in acne scars in general.
After an acne wound has healed, scars may appear on the skin. Acne causes inflammation in the dermis and during the healing process, the skin will attempt to heal the wound by producing collagen. If an overproduction of collagen extends over or under the surface of the skin, then one of the typical types of acne scars – ice pick, boxcar, or rolling scarring – may appear. Acne scars can be a source of embarrassment or lead to feelings of self-consciousness, thus many people seek treatment to reduce the appearance of these scars after they have formed. There are many forms of treatment for acne scars, but one of the most advanced forms of treatment is through the use of Silicone Microdroplet injections.
Silikon 1000®, a Silicone Microdroplet solution, was approved by the FDA for injection into the eye to repair detached retinas. The FDA modernization act of 1997 permits doctors to use approved medicines and technologies for other “off label” purposes. Since Silicone Microdroplet injections can be used to permanently rebuild tissue in desired sites by stimulating the body’s own collagen production, Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank realized that they could be used successfully to fill acne scars on the skin. Liquid silicone has been used for decades to fill many types of skin depressions, including wrinkles, scars, and facial contours that have appeared as a result of age or trauma.
Silicone Microdroplet injections are a permanent filler solution that work by encouraging the production of new collagen, which is the protein that gives skin its natural structure. During the procedure, Dr. Frank will use a fine needle to inject the Silicone Microdroplets in various locations under the skin around the acne scar. After injection, the liquid silicone remains chemically unaltered and is then surrounded by collagen capsules, which are produced by the skin. This production of collagen will add volume to the skin, eventually filling the acne scar over the next several months. An advantage to using Silicone Microdroplets rather than large volumes of liquid silicone is that this technique minimizes the likelihood of overcorrection or shifting of the silicon within the skin, which may lead to an undesirable result. The treatments will be performed at monthly intervals to allow the skin to rebuild collagen and result in a natural appearance.
The number of treatments required will vary based upon the number of acne scars being treated and their location on the skin. The approach is safe and the progressive technique allows for a very natural result. Microdroplet liquid silicone injections tend to be less painful than other skin filler procedures. Patients are able to resume their daily activities immediately after the procedure and do not need to adhere to any physical restrictions. Silicone is a very safe material for use in the skin because it is one of the most non-reactive substances in the world, and therefore has been used in medicine for decades. Silicone can be found a multitude of substances that are used on the skin daily, including makeup, hair conditioner, and skin care products.
Acne scars can be unsightly and cause embarrassment. There are many techniques that can be used to reverse the appearance of these scars on the skin. Dr. Frank specializes in acne and acne scar treatments, so you can trust that he’ll recommend the best and most appropriate treatment for your skin. By consulting with our NYC dermatologist, Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, you will be able to determine if Silicone Microdoplet injections are the best treatment for your acne scars.