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FDA Approves New Treatment for Acne Scarring

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Maybe you would never consider a Botox treatment for fine lines, or freak out when you have to get the flu shot each year—but what if a cosmetic-meets-medical injection could make acne scars disappear? (Really hate needles? There may be another option: Which Flu Vaccine is Right For You?) This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its approval for Bellafill, a treatment designed to diminish acne scars by adding volume to the skin—the collagen in the gel lifts and smooths pitted scars to make them level with the surrounding skin. In a study done prior to the FDA approval, 64 percent of the 87 patients treated with Bellafill said their skin had improved six months after treatment.

Bellafill is the only filler on the market approved in the U.S. for the correction of acne scars. Previously, one of the most effective—but pricey and sometimes painful—treatments for acne was laser resurfacing. Treatments are long lasting and can be done in-office and provide immediate, visible results. The best part? Unlike laser treatments, which cause redness and peeling that make you want to hide out in your house for a few days, you can go back to work right after a Bellafill injection.

The treatment is available for patients over age 21, so you can treat acne scars that developed in your teenage years or scarring caused by adult acne (while you're at it, find out What Causes Adult Acne. While Bellafill is not covered by insurance, the self-confidence boost of finally having clear skin way be worth it. (See: Wacky Ways We Boost Our Confidence).

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