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Laser Resurfacing for Acne Scars



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Around 80% of 11-30 years olds are affected by acne, and if the pustules and spots are picked, squeezed or scratched, carters and scars may be left as a result. Adult acne is also a common occurrence, primarily found in women. Although 99% of cases are on the face, sufferers may have this problem on the back or other body parts, too.

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There are different types of acne scars, most commonly referred to as ice-pick, rolling scars or boxcar scars. You may have just one type of scar, or a combination of all these scars.

  • Ice-pick Scars – Small in circumference but deep holes in the skin’s surface
  • Rolling Scars – Scar tissue forming under the skin, creating a wave-like effect
  • Boxcar Scars – Crater-like holes in the skin

Treatments for acne scars vary, depending on the severity of the indication, the type of scars presented and the suitability of the candidate. A consultation must be carried out initially to assess the best possible treatment plan for you as an individual.

If laser resurfacing for acne scars is a viable option for you, this will only ever be carried out by one of our expert doctors. Using both ablative (removes layers of skin) and non-ablative resurfacing devices, our doctors can work to create controlled trauma to the area to help uniform the skin. You may need one or several sessions of treatment to see a result, but this will be discussed and agreed upon consultation.

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As well as laser resurfacing, we have just under 45 lasers and non-surgical devices at our 102 Harley Street location. Out of these devices, about a third treat acne scarring alone. This means that for just one indication, you have multiple avenues of treatment to explore – these may vary in cost, downtime, the amount of sessions needed and intensity. It is always important to have a consultation based on your indication, rather than to have a set treatment in mind, as it might not be the most beneficial treatment for your condition.

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For assistance with scheduling an appointment or for more information about the services we provide here at PHI Clinic, please call us on 0207 034 5999 at your earliest convenience.

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