Treating Acne Scars with Nano-Fat

Nano-Fat is a Game Changer for Treating Acne Scars

Finally!  An Effective Treatment for Acne Scars!


Understanding Acne Scars:

Acne scars are the result of inflamed lesions that result from skin pores engorged with excess oil, dead skin and bacteria. As the pore swells, it causes a break in the follicular wall. While shallow lesions are usually minor and self limited, a deep break in the wall results in the infected material spilling out into surrounding tissue, creating deeper lesions. Subsequently, the skin attempts to repair these lesions by forming new collagen fibers. These repairs usually aren’t as smooth and flawless as the original skin.

Four types of acne scars have been described:

  1. Rolling scars: Broad depressions with sloping edge.
  2. Boxcar scars: Broad depressions with sharply defined edges.
  3. Atrophic scars: Flat, thin scars or depressed scars.
  4. “Ice-pick” scars: Usually small, yet obvious holes in the skin.

What is Nanofat Transfer?

Nanofat Transfer refers to the process where fat is first removed from one part of the body, usually the abdomen or the thighs and then processed. The fat is continuously filtered into smaller and smaller particles until it is an emulsification of nano-particles. This emulsion contains a high percentage of stem cells, endothelial cells, monocytes, macrophages and granulocytes whose activation of stem cells increases collagen production. 

Nanofat grafting has been shown to have beneficial effects in the treatment of scars, hyperpigmentation, and dark spots. Using a combination of intradermal injections and topical application there is a substantial improvement in atrophic and rolling scars as well as dark spots as well as post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).

Effects of Nanofat on PIH

This type of pigment is different from normal dark spots because it is a result of an inflammatory response. PIH cannot be treated with energy-based devices (lasers) because they would aggravate the inflammation.  However, nanofat application in combination with traditional treatments had rapid and significant improvement in such cases.

The most important step of all is to protect treatment areas from the sun. UV rays are the enemy of acne scars, dark spots and pigmented areas. They trigger inflammation and spike melanin production, causing dark spots and PIH to become even darker and harder to fade.


To minimize swelling in the face one may use cool, clean compresses or ice wrapped in a dry cloth. Mild cooling of the area will help reduce inflammation and rapid recovery.

If you would like to learn more, Bala Better Health is here to help you.  215 261-7685

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