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“Sometimes I’ll recommend injectables in special circumstances, for patients who need a cystic pimple gone immediately,” Kidd tells us. “If a model comes in with a big zit — an active pimple, not a scar — I would likely inject the pimple with a cortisone shot, then send her home with the instructions to alternate warm and cold compresses on the area. This delivers the fastest results, immediately reducing the inflammation.”
The approach to heal acne scars is very different, but can also involve an injectable technique. “When patients come in with severe divots or pockmark in their skin, we can inject Juvederm filler to reduce the look of those scars,” Kidd says — the filler will, well, fill the deep holes in the skin. Kidd also uses PRP, platelet-rich plasma treatment, which is when a small amount of blood is drawn, put through a centrifuge, and then injected back into the skin.
“Typically with serious scarring, I recommend a combination of both, because it takes a few weeks to see the results of PRP, so often Juvederm is a good initial step, and then we start using the PRP for long term results,” Kidd says. Of course, it’s most important to have a conversation with your own dermatologist about which treatment is best for your specific skin type and concerns — it’s never a one-size-fits-all answer.