A new study will look at the ability of a non-resorbable dermal filler called ArteFill to improve the appearance of acne scars, it has emerged.
The filler is currently used to treat smile lines, but experts believe it could also be used as a non-surgical cosmetic treatment for scars.
The study will be conducted by Florida-based dermatologist Dr James Spencer, who will treat patients with the cosmetic filler and invite them back after one month to assess the improvement.
Dr Spencer, professor of clinical dermatology at the Mt Sinai School of Medicine, revealed that the volunteers will then be followed for a year and the findings published in a peer-reviewed journal.
"I use temporary fillers in my practice to treat acne scars and other types of scars," revealed Dr Spencer.
"Unfortunately, temporary fillers necessitate expensive repeat injections so a permanent dermal filler would be desirable to correct a permanent scar.
"I'm using ArteFill in my medical practice for smile lines and I can now document the use of ArteFill for acne and other facial scars," he added.
The procedure could help millions of people who have moderate to severe acne scarring.