(WOIO) - Acne scarring is an embarrassing problem for a lot of people. New treatments come out all the time, but one of the most recent treatments seems to be working best for one age group that nearly gave up on finding a longlasting fix.
You would think Bellafill would work for anyone with acne scarring, but those in their 30s are said to benefit most. One reason is because that's often a time when scars people didn't know they had start to appear.
Teresa Nick knows it well. She inherited the tendency to have acne as a teen from both sides of her family. She remembers being worried about scars.
"In my 20s, it seemed like I could wear makeup and it would be fine and it really wasn't something that was a problem," Nick recalled.
But 10 years later, something changed. She says it was so bad, she hated the way she looked in photos.
When she went to her dermatologist, she explained the acne scars started to show because collagen became more fragile and did not support skin as well. Typically, that's when scars and pores appear deeper and bigger.
Past laser treatments helped, but Nick says nothing has been as good as Bellafill. Even her friends notice.
"It's almost immediate when you see a difference. So they immediately noticed a difference," said Nick.
Bellafill combines animal collagen with microscopic beads made of the same material used safely in joint replacements for decades. The injections immediately lift the scar, but then go on to help the result stay for up to five years.
"Those are plastic that will last forever, but that little plastic bead is able to stimulate your own body to make its own collagen," Dr. Kate Holcomb explained.
"Using our lasers and light sources to boost collagen production and then adding something like Bellafill, that again, turns on that collagen production and increases the ability for those scars to heal themselves," added her colleague, Dr. Patti Farris.
With numbing cream, Nick barely feels the stick and can put on makeup and get back to work, ready for any photo op.