There are many different types of scarring, depending on the cause. Scars are created when there has been trauma to the skin. They can be flat and white, or raised and red in colour. Although they are not life-threatening, they can pose a serious psychological burden on those who carry them. Some scars are easier to treat than others, and because of the many varieties of scars, it is always important to be consulted prior to treatment to ensure you get the best result for your particular scar.
Stretchmarks are usually pink when they first form, then turn a silvery colour the more mature they are. They are usually a result of pregnancy, weight gain or loss, or growth spurts during pregnancy.
Thread veins, redness and rosacea are common indications. Thread veins, in particular, can be difficult to treat, and more often than not you will need a course of treatment to see any significant difference.Book consultation
Before and after Palomar Icon treatment
The Palomar Icon treats all of the above conditions, using multiple devices combined in one machine, using both ablative and non-ablative techniques to effectively target a range of indications. These include Melasma and pigmentation problems, leg veins, and even hair removal, with cooling technology to minimise any discomfort caused during treatment by keeping skin at a lower temperature. As well as this, the device comes with a built in Skintel Melanin Reader to ensure every patient is appropriately treated for their skin tone.
Conditions treated with Palomar Icon
Acne scars treatments are regarded as cosmetic in Britain, and are largely unavailable on the NHS. It is estimated that 80% of people aged 11-30 will be affected by acne, mainly coming into fruition during puberty and pregnancy due to changes in hormones. When the acne has subsided, sometimes the scars from spots or picking can remain, leaving crater-like dimples or lumps and b...Read on Book consultation
One of the most common problems we treat patients for at PHI Clinic is facial veins. Face veins, or telangiectasia varicose veins, are small clusters of veins that run close to the surface of the skin that have become enlarged.
They are caused when the tiny valves in the circulation system stop working effectively, causing a backlog of blood flow. This backlog leads to the veins swelling...Read on Book consultation
There are special cells (melanocytes) in the skin that make melanin, a pigment that affects the colour of skin.
When these special cells are damaged or unhealthy, melanin production is affected; some disorders affect the entire body, whereas others just affect patches of skin. High levels of melanin cause darker skin, low levels cause lighter skin, and total or partial lack of melanin re...Read on Book consultation
Redness is a very common indication that is experienced by many people at some time in their life, potentially causing psychological and self-confidence issues. These, in turn, can affect social and professional interactions, leading to a more isolated lifestyle.
Primarily, people will experience redness in the facial area – particularly around the nose, the cheeks, and the chin. T...Read on Book consultation
Over 45 million people across the globe are affected by rosacea, which, while not life-threatening, can certainly cause self-confidence issues for a sufferer. There are various forms that rosacea can take, whether that is redness, blushing, pustules, small red visible blood vessels, and raised spots or lumps.
Rosacea can also appear on various parts of the body, but the most common area ...Read on Book consultation
Frequently Asked Questions
On average, most patients need at least 4-6 sessions of Icon, 6-8 weeks apart, to help break down the scar tissue or vascularity. Upon consultation, your clinician will outline how many treatments you should need.
If you have stubborn stretch marks, scarring or vascularity, you are a suitable candidate for treatment. While there are no clinical studies which shows Icon to be a health hazard for those who are pregnant or breast feeding, we would advise against it.
Our highly trained aesthetic practitioners perform this treatment.
Most areas of the body can be treated.
Depending on what the treatment is for, and the settings used, downtime can be mild to moderate. You may encounter some slight redness and swelling for a few days post-procedure.
Press & Media
Following the news that Dr Tapan Patel would like to help him with his scarring, Dr Dawn Harper and self esteem expert Natasha Devon take viewers' calls.
Where to go and who to see for anti wrinkle treatment
With over 14 years experience in cosmetic dermatology, Dr Tapan Patel is live in the studio to tell us what to look out for.