Bovine Collagen Filler Injected into Acne Scars on Face Resulted in Raised Lumps. What's the Most Effective Procedure.London, GB

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In 1992, when I was 20, I visited a surgeon to...

In 1992, when I was 20, I visited a surgeon to have two shallow pits, caused by acne in my right cheek, made less noticeable. He suggested a bovine collagen filler and performed a small sensitivity test on the inside of my forearm instructing that I monitor this area for a week to see if there would be an adverse reaction to the collagen. There was none, so a week later the filler was injected into the agreed areas on my cheek.

Where the filler was injected lumps INSTANTANEOUSLY appeared - please refer to photograph. I expressed my concern to the surgeon who reassured me that the lumps would subside within a few days.

It is now 2014 and I have yet to find a treatment that will eliminate these lumps.

In 1994 I had laser treatment to make them less visible which was not successful. This was repeated in 1995 with the laser being put on a stronger mode but the lumps remained.

In 1996-97 I tried silicone sheeting applied to the area at night on average 4 times a week for 6 hours but with no noticeable difference.

Throughout this time I have massaged the area 3-4 times a week for 15 minutes with various natural oils resulting again in no change.

I am now 42 and want to have another try at removing these lumps. I have visited two dermatologists so far.

Both suggested CO2RE fractional lasers but have said that there may be no improvement, which I am adamant would be true having had laser treatment before. One of the dermatologists diagnosed that it could be a form of Sebaceous Hyperplasia that coincidentally developed in the treated area at the exact same time that the collagen filler was injected. I disagree with this diagnosis.

My skin is naturally oily and I have a two millimetre hyperplasia bump on my forehead which developed when I was in my late 20’s but this took months to develop, not seconds.

I don’t know if the bovine collagen was injected too deeply and could not dissipate?

Or did my skin have an adverse reaction to a foreign substance being injected into it resulting in granulomas?

The surgeon who performed the procedure did not answer any of these questions, was very rude and made me feel as if I were to blame.

The lumps are fairly hard to the touch. But cannot be moved around the area and have the feel and texture of scar issue under the skin?

Would steroid injections help reduce them?

Or incision and drainage?

I was devastated when these lumps appeared and that feeling has never really left me.

I would really appreciate other suggestions to eliminate these lumps

Thank you for taking the time to read this post.
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