£175 I Consultation
The cost of a Procedure is in addition to the Consultation Fee
Acne Scarring can be disfiguring, and it is difficult to improve the appearance of the skin once it has scarred. The first step is to stop inflammation quickly to prevent any further scarring. This can be achieved with a number of medications including Isotretinoin which can only be prescribed by a Skin Specialist.
Although there are a number of treatments for Acne Scarring, it is important to realise that no treatment will completely remove the scarring once it has developed. The aim of all Acne Scar treatments is to improve the appearance of the skin so that the scarring is less noticeable or can be covered up more easily. Often treatments need to be combined, and continued for a prolonged period of time before a result is seen.
Acne Scars can be divided in to Hypertrophic (thickened) or Atrophic (loss of skin substance) scars.
Keloid Scars are raised, hard, red lumps on the skin. They most often develop across the shoulders, back and upper chest area. These can be improved and reduced in size with Corticosteroid (Cortisone) Injections, Cryotherapy or Laser.
Atrophic Scars often develop on the face and include rolling scars, boxcar scars and ice-pick scars. In addition to loss of the skin substance, these types of scars usually have fibrous strands tethering the scars to the deeper structures of the skin, creating the dip in the skin. If the Acne Scars are very mild, the appearance may be improved by the Dermaroller, LED Red Light Therapy, Dermal Fillers or Profhilo as these treatments may help to stimulate collagen production in the skin. The choice of treatment depends on the type of scar and where it is on the face.
However, to obtain the best results, rolling scars and boxcar scars often need Subcision to release the scar tissue first, before deciding whether any of the other treatments would be helpful. Small areas of Atrophic Scarring can be treated with a Nokor needle or a Cannula to release the fibrous strands. Subcision works by cutting through the fibrous strands which are holding down the scar. There is often bruising and swelling afterwards, and as the skin heals, collagen production is stimulated which also helps to improve the appearance of the skin. As with all treatments for Acne Scars, treatment may need to be repeated to obtain the best results. Ice-pick scars are often so tethered that they usually do not improve with Subcision. Ice-pick scars may need to removed surgically by Punch Excision, by Laser or by a deep Chemical Peel.
Stafford Skincare - Lichfield is able to help with smaller, less severe areas of Acne Scarring, using a combination of Subcision and one of the treatments to help stimulate collagen production in the skin. Larger areas, or more severe Acne Scarring, may need Laser, deep Chemical Peels or Tumescent Subcision which are not available at the clinic.
Sometimes Acne seems to cause a general "weakness" of the skin which becomes more noticeable as people get older, as their skin ages and becomes less firm. This often affects the chin, in both men and women. This causes dimpling and crinkling of the chin when talking or eating. Dermal Fillers can help to smooth the skin, making the scarring less noticeable. This type of scarring seems to be different to the usual Atrophic Scars (rolling, boxcar).
The Consultation Fee for Acne Scarring is £175, and includes an assessment of your skin and a discussion as to which treatments may help improve the appearance of the scars. Treatments available at Lichfield Face Clinic for Acne Scarring include:
LED Red Light Therapy
Corticosteroid (Cortisone) Injections for Keloid Scars
The cost of these procedures are in addition to the Consultation Fee.
Dermal Filler: Before and After Photographs of an older female showing an improvement in chin dimpling / general "weakness" of the skin because of Acne years ago. The chin was treated with a total of 3mls Dermal Filler over 3 visits. Wrinkles were not treated!