Acne Scar Removal

I provide acne scar treatments using collagen induction therapy; this is where a series of needles penetrate the skin causing thousands of micro injuries at a perpendicular angle using a specialist medical device, (please note this is NOT Derma Roller, this is an advanced treatment) for both faster and more precise needle penetration. The benefit of a perpendicular treatment over angled needles, means less trauma to the skin, promoting faster healing times and shorter down times.

Where this treatment excels is you can achieve almost similar results without having plastic surgery for acne scars, for a fraction of the cost (surgery often starts upwards of £5,000). You don’t need to stay at home for a week to recover like with laser acne scar treatments you are able to resume normal activities the same day (if you don’t mind people seeing you with a slightly red face for 24 hours!). It gets even better as well, it doesn’t hurt due to the very effective topical anaesthetic I apply prior to all treatments. A lot of my customers have tried acne scar creams which have not delivered the results they were hoping for, Micro-derm abrasion was also a popular acne scar treatment but my customers have commented of only a modest improvement in their skins appearance.

My Service For you
Typical Questions you may have
Types of Acne Scars
Types of Alternative Treatments Available
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My Service For you

The treatment time depends on the size of the acne scars to be removed and can take up to 75 minutes for a full face scar treatment, larger areas such as acne scarring on the back, shoulders and chest may take longer. All clients have a full review of their medical history prior to undergoing any treatments to check for suitability. The treatment involves:

  1. Cleansing the skin.
  2. Applying a topical anaesthetic for 30 minutes
  3. Removing the anaesthetic and sterilising the skin.
  4. Applying the specialist machine over the area to be treated.
  5. Applying a soothing cream

After all of the above I will then provide you with my specialist after care instructions and advise on take home skin care products.

Typical Questions you may have
    • Is it safe?– Yes, before all treatments I conduct a thorough assessment and review of your medical history. If I feel you are at high risk of any side effects that could occur during or after the treatment, don’t worry, as I will let you know beforehand.
    • Does it hurt?– No, I use topical anaesthetics that are very effective when applied for the correct length of time.
    • How long does it take?– You will need to allocate around 90 minutes to allow time for both the topical anaesthetic and the treatment itself. You will be given a good indication of time your treatment will take during your consultation.
    • How much does it cost?– From £199 depending on the size of the area treated. You will be given an accurate price using our sizing chart during your consultation.
    • How does it work?– After a collagen induction therapy treatment your body will start to naturally regenerate and repair the skin, working below the surface in the dermis. New collagen is formed, new skin cells are generated and blood supply is enhanced after the treatment, however it can take up to 6 weeks before visible signs of regeneration and repair are seen. For the majority of Acne scars, 80% of improvements can be seen after just 2 treatments.
    • How long does it last?-The process will continue over the following months, providing you with a natural and long lasting enhancement. This is your own collagen, so there is no need to wait for a product to break down, meaning the repair is permanent until your body breaks down collagen as it naturally would through aging.
    • How will my skin look?– Initially the skin could look red for around 24 hours after the treatment, however for some people this could be less or it could be more depending on how sensitive your skin is. The skin may become dry and tight shortly after the treatment, this is a completely normal reaction and I am able to provide specialist skin repair cream to help with this. After this, the skin will look brighter and more vibrant, then approximately six weeks later the regeneration and repair process starts to tighten the skin and reduce hyper pigmentation.
    • How many treatments will I need for rejuvinated skin? – The number of treatments required will depend on the type of acne scar and its severity. I recommend a course of 3 to 6 treatments as a minimum to achieve maximum results and more even, smoother skin.
Types of Acne Scars

The three main types of Acne scars experienced are

Acne Types

Ice-pick – These are narrow scars (less than 2mm) that are noticeable by their character, as they extend deep into the skin (dermis or subcutaneous layer). They are called Ice-pick Scars because they appear as if the skin has been punctured with an ice-pick, culminating in a pin point base. On a cross section of the skin, they look as though they are a ‘V’ Shape.

Boxcar – Unlike Ice-pick scars, Boxcar scars are round to oval depressions that have sharp vertical edges (0.1-0.5 mm in depth) and they do not taper to a point at the base. On a cross section they look like they are a flat U shape base.

Rolling – Rolling scars create a wave like appearance on the skin’s surface, with the appearance of rolling or undulating , without definite borders. Conventional skin resurfacing techniques do not work on rolling scars. They must be corrected by breaking up the subcutaneous fibrous bands.

Types of Alternative Treatments Available
  • Creams – Can marginally improve superficial scars and the skins texture these however will not help with deep acne scarring.
  • Chemical Peels – Help smooth the skin surface by removing the top layers of the skin. This can only be achieved with deeper peels – which require more down time of up to 10 days, several treatments and sometimes several courses will be needed depending on the severity of the scars. Not suitable for darker skin types (IV to VI).
  • Laser Resurfacing – Removes the top layers of skin. Down time can take 2 to 4 weeks. Only suitable for skin types I to III due the high risk of post inflammatory hyper pigmentation with skin types IV to VI.
  • Dermal filler – Injectable fillers can only help to a certain extent by raising the indentation caused by the scar, however acne and chicken pox scar tissue is compressed tissue making it difficult to inject the area effectively. Should the dermal filler lift the scar tissue it will not smooth the external surface of the skin. More importantly its only a temporary measure lasting 6-9 months typically and therefore not permanent.
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