Wrinkles and Acne Scars

There are several different methods for treating wrinkles and acne scars in the face. This guide will be able to help you find the treatment best suited for your type of wrinkles or scars, as these can vary in type.

Guide to treatment of wrinkles and acne scars

Types of wrinkles

Wrinkles can be divided into 3 groups:

  • Fine (static) wrinkles, which are the small wrinkles in the skin. These are not influenced by the facial expressions. Instead, they are part of the skin's structure, which becomes more uneven as we age.

    As with other superficial skin conditions such as sun damages, pigmentation changes, thread veins, freckles, and shallow acne scars, fine wrinkles are best treated with laser treatment, mild chemical peel ormicro-dermabrasion.


  • Mimic (dynamic) wrinkles are the wrinkles that are controlled by the muscles of the face, and which occur when we express ourselves through smiles, anger, wondering, etc. A good example of these is be the horizontal wrinkles of the forehead. These become more prominent with age.

    The mimic wrinkles are best treated with a muscle-numbing injection with botulinum toxin, better known as Botox, Dysport or Vistabel. The treatment can be combined with one of the other treatment forms, if required. Treatment with is equally effective on the dynamic wrinkles.


  • Deep wrinkles (furrows or folds) are deep imperfections, which can best be described as furrows or folds. An example would be the bracket-shaped folds that occur on the sides of the mouth by the cheeks, as you get older.

    Deep furrows and folds can be smoothened out by injecting a dermal filler. You can get temporary fillers, which disappear with time, or permanent fillers. Additionally, there is the so-called autologue filler. Autologue means that the filler itself is made from the patient's own blood or fat. This type of filler can be defined as semi-permanent.


Scars from acne (pimples)

Scars from acne can be treated using the same methods as for wrinkles. Which treatment that is best suited depends on the depth and the number of scars. If the scars are shallow, they can be reduced using the same method as that for the fine wrinkles. Deeper acne scars require a more extensive treatment, in which the ablative laser or dermabrasion may be an option.

Which treatment is best suited for me?

Treatment of wrinkles and acne scars is a complex area. Just reading about this will not enable you to establish a precise diagnosis for your specific condition. Instead, it is advised that you use this guide in order to obtain a general overview of the various treatments available.

You should then contact one or more clinics to have a doctor perform a proper evaluation of your case, and of what would be most suited treatment for you.

Treatments

Here, you will find all the treatments for Wrinkles and Acne Scars. The treatments are categorised according to the method used. Click on a treatment in order to read more, or go directly to the clinics that perform the requested treatment.

Injection of Non-Permanent Dermal Filler

Temporary dermal filler such as Perlane and Restylane can be used to fill out deep wrinkles and folds in the skin, so that these are smoothed out. Dermal fillers will only affect the dynamic (mimic) wrinkles, meaning the wrinkles that appear when ...

Information on temporary dermal filler against face wrinkles/face creases  

Injection of Own Fat/Blood (Autologue Filler)

Plasma gel can be used for filling out larger wrinkles or creases in the skin, levelling them with the rest of the skin surface. Plasma gel only affects the dynamic (mimic) wrinkles, meaning wrinkles that appear when the muscles of the face con...

Information on plasma gel against face wrinkles/face creases  

Injection of Permanent Dermal Filler

Permanent dermal filler can be used to fill out larger wrinkles and lines in the skin in order to smoothen them out. Permanent dermal filler is only effective on the dynamic (mimic) wrinkles, meaning wrinkles that occur when the face muscles contr...

Information on permanent dermal filler against face wrinkles/furrows  

Numbing of the Nerves (Botulinum Toxin)

Botox and Dysport are mainly used in the forehead, but can also minimise the dynamic wrinkles surrounding the eyes, and on the upper lip, as well as minimise drooping at the corners of the mouth. Dysport and Botox have no effect on fine wrinkle...

Information on botox / dysport for wrinkles  

Chemical Peel (Cauterisation of the Skin)

The AHA chemical peel (also known as glycolic peel) is the mildest form of peeling. The treatment affects the top layer of the skin and has very few side effects. The result is a smoother and fresher-looking skin.

Information on aha chemical peel (glycolic peel) against wrinkles and acne scars  

A phenol chemical peel is the most drastic of peels. The treatment is usually used for deep wrinkles and acne scars, or for pigmentation changes. The treatment is not suitable for people with a dark complexion.

Information on phenol chemical peel against wrinkles and acne scars  

TCA acid is used for superficial and average depth peels. The treatment is effective against fine wrinkles, shallow scars, and pigmentation changes.

Information on tca chemical peel against wrinkles and acne scars  

Dermabrasion (Skin Scraping)

With skin scraping (dermabrasion) the surface skin and a bit of the leather skin is scraped away with an electrical instrument. The body will then create new and smoother skin in the treated area.

Information on dermabrasion (skin scraping) against wrinkles and acne scars  

Microdermabrasion is a milder form of skin scraping, where only the outer layer of skin is scraped away. Because of this, the treatment is less extensive than a normal dermabrasion, but also less effective.

Information on microdermabrasion against wrinkles and acne scars  

Non-Ablative Skin Laser and IPL

Non-ablative lasers/IPL/RF do not remove the top layer of the skin, but process the underlying dermis in order to stimulate the production of new collagen. Due to this, non-ablative lasers are less effective than the other treatments, but they als...

Information on skin rejuvenation with non-ablative laser/ipl/rf  

Ablative Skin Laser

An ablative skin laser removes the upper skin layer and heats up the underlying layer. The result is a new and smoother skin. Ablative laser treatment is more effective than treatment with non-ablative lasers, but the side effects and risks are fa...

Information on skin rejuvenation with ablative laser  

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