Can I get juvederm filler and acne laser scar removal at same time?
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Laser and filler treatments done at the same time depends on areas being treated, and extent/recovery time of laser treatment
I can certainly give you some guidance on this. To give you a little information about myself — I’m a Board-certified cosmetic surgeon and a Fellowship-trained oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, practicing in Manhattan and Long Island for over 20 years. I have been performing laser treatments since the mid-90s when the original CO2 lasers were first introduced. Currently, in my practice, we use multiple lasers for the treatment of acne, including CO2 laser, Erbium laser, and the Nd:YAG laser, so we certainly have a lot of experience with the treatment of acne scars. I have also been using fillers since the introduction of the original collagen fillers Zyderm and Zyplast.
The answer to your question is really based on the degree of your acne scars and the level of laser treatment you are going to undergo. Injecting filler in areas you will not be treating with the laser is fine. When I perform facelifts or eyelid surgery, it is not unusual to have filler treatment done at the same time; it is just really a matter of planning things out properly. However, if you plan on getting a very intensive and extensive laser procedure, you may not enjoy the benefits of filler treatment for a certain amount of time because you will be resurfacing a large area of skin and you need to allot enough time for healing.
If the acne laser treatment is going to be done with a fractional laser, you can expect episodic treatment separated by several weeks to allow for healing. Since the laser is fractionated, it means there is less downtime and we are able to allow the healing process occur a bit faster, which is less disruptive to one’s personal life and schedule.
When we treat acne, particularly rolling acne scars, we use platelet-rich plasma and fillers. We can also do microneedling. Basically, there really is no right or wrong answer based on your question alone; and there are truly a lot of ways to help people with acne. I think it is important to first determine if there is going to be significant downtime with the laser treatment you plan to do, and if there isn’t, then it is fine to do the injectables at the same time and then just come back for further treatments as needed.
I suggest you speak with your doctor about the type of acne laser treatment you want to have, and if you haven’t yet, take this opportunity to get more opinions on treating acne scars. You will probably get a lot of different opinions because there are so many ways to go about treating acne scars. Many of these options will include subcision, microneedling, platelet-rich plasma injections, different kinds of lasers, and even acne surgery.
I suggest you also look into ways you can maximize the blending of scars and overall improvement of the quality of skin, particularly in areas where there is more shadowing from the acne pit scars. In terms of the smile lines, these are mostly just normal skin changes that are not usually involved, unless the acne scars in the cheek area overlap with the smile lines.
It is important that you meet with qualified and experienced specialists so you can discuss this issue further, and get a realistic understanding of the downtime of laser acne scar treatment. I hope that was helpful and I wish you the best of luck!
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