Scar Treatments/Acne Scarring

Effective acne scar treatments delivered by a team of expert medical and surgical consultants

At The London Scar Clinic we know the impact that acne scarring can have – beyond the damage to the surface of the skin, there is also the considerable psychological impact on patients’ confidence and well-being.

Within The London Scar Clinic we have a team of experts that are recognised for their knowledge and treatment of acne scarring on the face, chest and back.

We understand that every patient is different, and following an initial consultation, we seek to create a personalised treatment plan to address patients’ individual condition to improve the skin damage caused by acne scarring, irrespective of the subtypes of scars you have.

Boxcar acne scars

As the name suggests, boxcar acne scars appear “box-like” with sharp, defined edges. This type of acne scarring is typically formed by widespread acne however they can appear from other issues, for example, chicken pox. Boxcar acne scars often respond well to “punch” excisional procedures followed by laser resurfacing.

Ice pick acne scars

Ice pick acne scars tend to appear as smaller, narrow indentations within the skin which point down into the deeper layers within the skin. Ice pick scars are typically more common within the cheek area and often more persistent to laser resurfacing treatment. Ice pick scars respond well to punch excision treatment or localised chemical peeling techniques. The resultant shallow scars are much more amenable to laser treatment afterwards.

Rolling acne scars

Rolling acne scars can vary in depth and appear as waves on the skin creating an uneven texture. An initial procedure called ‘subcision’ is often recommended, where the scarred tissue underneath is cut, allowing for the release of the tethered scarring. Laser resurfacing or fat transfer or dermal filler placement is then used for optimal results.

Hypertrophic and Keloid acne scars

Hypertrophic and keloid scars can result from acne and are a result of excess collagen production – they both appear as raised lesions and are more common in people with darker skin. Both scar subtypes often respond well to several sessions of laser treatment in combination with steroids resulting in scar height reduction and colour improvement. If itch and discomfort is being experienced, this will also reduce with the above course of treatment.

Acne scarring treatment

At The London Scar Clinic we have a range of acne scarring treatments including microneedling, medical grade skin chemical peeling techniques, ablative fracional laser (UltraPulse CO2), non-ablative fractional laser (M22), soft tissue fillers, subcision and punch excision.

It is vital that any residual inflammatory acne is controlled before embarking on scarring treatments, and our consultants can help restore your skin prior to recommending any resurfacing / reconstructive procedures.

We pride ourselves on providing personalised plans for our patients, recognising all patients’ personal requirements and delivering a specific pathway to address your individual needs and skin type. The resulting treatments to improve acne scars may be one or a combination of the wide range of treatments we can provide.

UltraPulse CO2 laser

The UltraPulse CO2 laser by Lumenis is considered the ‘gold-standard’ in the treatment of many different conditions, notably the treatment of acne scars. At The London Scar Clinic, we offer some of the most advanced treatments in laser skin resurfacing and dermatology.

The laser inflicts a controlled injury to the skin which then encourages the production of more collagen and stimulates the body’s natural healing processes. The production of collagen helps the scars to smooth out, improving their overall appearance whilst encouraging growth of new skin cells to create a more even-looking result.

At The London Scar Clinic, UltraPulse CO2 laser treatment is performed under local anaesthetic by one of our expert consultants. Laser resurfacing treatments generally require multiple treatments over time in order to achieve lasting results but the CO2 laser acne scar treatment has minimal downtime.

The primary motivation to have acne scarring treatment is to improve the appearance of the skin and control any ongoing scarring process. Treating acne scars can also improve self-confidence and overall sense of well-being.

There are many treatments available to effectively manage acne scars, from creams to laser treatment. At The London Scar Clinic, we pride ourselves on being able to offer the highest quality personalised plans, which are carefully formulated to best treat your personal needs and achieve the best results for your concerns.

There are a variety of treatments available some which can be uncomfortable. The majority of treatments offered at The London Scar Clinic are carried out under local anaesthetic to limit discomfort.

The cost of your acne scar treatment will depend on which treatments you have as well as the severity of the area being treated. Following your initial consultation with one of our skin specialists, you will receive a quotation detailing the options available to you.

Treatment Overview

  • Acne scars treatments to enhance physical and mental well-being
  • Comprehensive range of treatments available including laser based and surgical treatments, prescription topicals and skin care creams
  • Unique treatment pathway tailored to an individual’s specific needs
  • The cost of treatment will vary for each patient
  • Initial consultation with an expert consultant will help to determine the best options

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