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Acne Scar Removal

Due to modern advances in acne scarring treatments, sufferers now have excellent acne scars treatment options open to them If you are in London and suffer from acne scars, then read on to learn more about and what you can do about this treatable skin issue.


What causes Acne Scars?What are types of Acne Scars?Acne Scar Removal FAQs

What are Acne Scars?

Acne scars, a prevalent skin concern, have long been a source of distress for many individuals, affecting their physical appearance, self-confidence, and emotional well-being.

Despite the challenges in addressing this issue, advances in skin treatment technology have provided many effective solutions to mitigate and even eliminate various types of acne scars.

Acne Treatment

When acne breakouts reach the deeper layers of the skin and the underlying tissues, acne scarring can develop. A scar results from the body’s attempt to repair the damage caused by the acne.

The body makes collagen when it attempts to repair acne. Scarring and uneven skin tone occur whether too little or too much collagen is produced to repair the damage.

Acne scarring treatments in London

Derma Revive Skin Clinic, a leading provider of acne scar removal treatments in London, recognises the importance of a tailored approach in addressing this complex skin concern.
With a comprehensive understanding of the various factors contributing to the formation of acne scars, such as genetics, inflammation, and collagen production imbalances in skin cells, the clinic offers a range of cutting-edge laser treatments and options to cater to each patient’s specific skin care needs.

Skin treatment technology has dramatically improved in the last few years. One of the best treatment options is RF Microneedling, designed to treat the tissues beneath the outer skin layers. This option works to boost collagen production within the underlying tissue. RF Microneeding often goes by the name ‘collagen induction therapy’.

Suitable Treatments

Multiple treatments for acne scars.

Acne-scarring patients now have more open treatment options than ever before. Depending on the level of your acne scarring, we have at least 3 excellent acne acar treatment choices here at Derma Revive Skin Clinic.

The fact we have multiple treatment options means we can offer you a much better chance of successfully treating your acne scarring.

Other clinics may only have one or two choices available to them for acne scar treatments, which means they may have to steer you towards a device that suits them more than it might suit your particular condition.

We have seen thousands of acne scars, and from this vast experience, we can predict which acne scar treatment method will work best for you.
If you have acne scarring of any severity, call us to book a consultation. We will be happy to offer you the best advice coupled with the best acne treatment.

Why do acne scars form?

When the skin experiences trauma, such as that caused by acne, the body initiates a healing process that aims to repair the damaged tissue. In some cases, when acne scars occur, however, this healing process can lead to an imbalance in collagen production, resulting in either too little or too much collagen being deposited in the affected area.

This imbalance can manifest as atrophic or hypertrophic acne scars, depending on whether there is a deficiency or excess of collagen respectively.

Inflammatory Acne

In addition to collagen synthesis, the inflammation caused by acne can also play a significant role in forming acne scars. Inflammatory acne, characterised by red, swollen, and potentially painful lesions, can penetrate deeper layers of the skin, increasing the likelihood of permanent scarring.

Factors such as picking or squeezing acne can exacerbate inflammation of scar tissue and disrupt the wound-healing response, further increasing the risk of severe scarring afterwards.


Acne Scarring Factors

When people eventually treat the acne on their face or body, most of them will still notice acne scars. The likelihood of developing acne scars may rise if the sufferer:

  • Has inflammatory acne, which will be a shade of red, swollen, and possibly painful.
  • There could be nodules and cysts present. This particular form of acne affects the skin by penetrating deeper layers of the skin.
  • Has a general unwillingness to treat acne, especially if the acne is inflamed. The likelihood of the patient developing acne scars correlates with the length of time the acne is ignored.
  • Picked or squeezed the acne. The reason is that this causes more inflammation, which raises the possibility of developing a scar.
  • Has a close relative who has experienced acne scarring. The development of acne scars is most probably influenced by genetics.Trying to predict who may develop acne scarring is not easy. Even if a person suffers from acne and has one or more of the risk factors for going on to develop acne scarring, they may not go on to develop severe acne or scars.

Types of Acne Scars

The development of acne scars can be influenced by various factors, including the severity of the acne, genetics, and the individual’s skin type. Therefore, a comprehensive and personalised acne scarring treatment plan is crucial to effectively treat acne scars and restore the skin’s health and appearance.

As each individual’s skin condition is unique, it is paramount to understand the root causes and classifications of acne scars to develop personalised treatment plans that ensure successful and lasting results in removing acne scars.

Acne scars can be broadly divided into two types – atrophic and hypertrophic. The difference between the two is if collagen is gained or lost from the skin. Atrophic refers to scarring related to collagen loss, whereas hypertrophic refers to scarring that occurs due to an excess of collagen. The two categories can be broken down further into acne sub-types.

Atrophic scars

These scars are caused by a loss of collagen, characterised by depressed scars on the skin’s surface, while hypertrophic scars result from an excess of collagen, causing raised, thickened areas and dull skin.

Within the category of atrophic scars, there are three subtypes: rolling, ice pick, and boxcar scars. Each of these subtypes presents unique challenges and considerations for treatment.

Atrophic acne scarring sub-types.

  • Rolling acne scars are so-called, as the affected skin will have a wavy, uneven surface. This is one of the most common types of acne scarring.
  • Ice-pick Scars are narrow and resemble deep pits in the skin. Ice-pick scars are usually found on the cheeks. These types of scars are usually the most challenging to treat.
  • Shallow, wider depressions characterise boxcar scars. Edges are described as being sharp. They are sometimes red or brown in colour but may be the same colour as the surrounding skin.

By understanding the specific characteristics of each acne scar subtype, clinicians can tailor acne scar treatment plans to address each patient’s unique needs, ultimately leading to safer and more effective outcomes for individuals seeking to improve their skin’s appearance.

Hypertrophic scars

This type of acne scarring can occur due to the acne-healing process. They have raised scars resulting from the overgrowth of fibrous tissue in the regions where the acne lesions have developed.

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The range of treatments offered by clinics such as Derma Revive Skin Clinic highlights the importance of personalised approaches to ensure successful outcomes. Tailoring treatment plans to suit each patient’s specific needs results in more effective and lasting results in acne scar removal.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to see results?

Depending on the treatment utilised at your appointment, and your personalised treatment plan, you can expect to see a reduction in scarring at around 6 weeks post-treatment.

Does RF Microneedling for acne scarring hurt?

Most patients tolerate RF Microneedling well but can be described as ‘uncomfortable’ rather than painful. Some harder, bony areas, such as the cheekbones, can be more uncomfortable than other areas.

A topical numbing agent may be applied before the treatment. This helps create a much more tolerable treatment for you.

What is the recovery process?

For some hours after the acne scar removal treatment, you may experience swelling and redness. This could last for a day or 2 before subsiding. Your skin may also feel tight and may look reddened.

Consider your plans for the next few days or so in case the redness persists. This depends on your plans, job, and attitude towards treating acne scars and redness. You also may experience skin flaking while the skin heals.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

More than one treatment is going to be needed, most of the time, to remove acne scars, especially on deeper scars. The number of sessions required will depend on various factors. One of these is the extent of the acne itself.

Who is not suitable for acne scarring treatments?

People respond to treatment differently. Some may have hyper-sensitive skin, so many treatments we offer must be considered carefully before proceeding. Darker skin tones may be at slight risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation after treatment, but this is temporary for most of the small percentage of patients who experience it. Any active breakouts should be dealt with before dealing with the actual scars themselves. We have acne treatment options for you here at Derma Revive

I have dark spots on my skin where my acne was. Can you help?

Almost definitely. These are known as post-inflammatory pigmentation and are more visible on lighter skin but can be seen on all skin types. We have effective treatment options for pigmentation. If you have this on the outer layer of your skin, call us to book a consultation, and we will show you how we can help.

Do you offer a free consultation?

Yes, we do. We offer a complimentary consultation for the majority of skin concerns. If you want us to look at your acne scarring, all consultations are offered on a no-obligation basis.


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