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Acne Treatments


Acne Scars Treatment in London

What is acne

For reasons unknown, follicles of the skin overproduce cells sometimes resulting in them becoming blocked. Each follicle contains a hair and an oil gland which produces sebum (oil). Dirt and bacteria start to build up resulting in plugs or comedones.
If the comedone is black it is known as a blackhead.
If it is white, it is known as a whitehead
Inflammatory acne can occur if a break occurs in the wall of the follicle. Pimples, papules and cysts can be formed. This can occur spontaneously or by picking or touching the skin

 

Acne Scarring Treatment:

Acne Scar Treatment
Prescription treatments include

  • Adapalene
  • Azelaic acid
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Obagi Clenziderm system

However these are not effective once acne scarring has occurred.

 

 

 

Types of acne scars:

 

Ice pick scarsice pick scar image

These are a very common type of acne scars. They give the appearance of the skin being picked with ice. They are usually less than 2mm across


Rolling scarsrolling scar image

These acne scars are caused by damage under the surface of the skin. They are usually wide and shallow giving a wave like appearance


Boxcar scarsbox scars image

These may be shallow or deep and are usually found on the cheeks or the temples. Sometimes they resemble chicken pox scars as they tend to be angular with sharp vertical edges

Before and After *

Before and After Acne Scars

Types of Acne Scarring Treatment

 

Medium strength chemical

What is it? A chemical peel reacts with the very top layer of the skin causing it to come away, revealing a healthier, smoother and a blemish free complexion underneath. As the skin heals, new cells are made and there is greater collagen production resulting in a youthful and rejuvenated look. TCA peels (trichloroacetic acid) of 20-30% can be used for full face resurfacing or to improve acne ice pick and box scars. Combining this with a dermaroller treatment results in even greater cell growth and reorganisation of the skin, leading to healthier skin layers.
Cost from: £200 per treatment

 

Obagi Blue peel

What is it? A low dose of the chemical trichloroacetic acid (TCA) mixed with a special blue base is tailored to your skin’s specific needs by controlling the depth of the peel and the number of coats. This removes thin layers of aged skin and damaged skin from the face and other parts of the body. It is a simple procedure lasting around 20 minutes. The skin then starts to peel within 2 to 3 days and can last up to 10 days. Not only is this peel highly effective in removing acne scars, after the skin has finished peeling a dramatic improvement in the complexion of the skin will be noticed and will continue to improve over 4 to 6 weeks. It can be repeated every 6 to 8 weeks until the desired goals are reached.
Cost £600

Augmentation

What is it? A fine needle is used to inject filler into the atrophic scar to lift the depression. Many types of fillers can be used and are not usually permanent. The procedure is usually painless as local anaesthetic is applied in advance.
Cost from £150

Skin boosters

What is it? The fillers used are based on hyaluronic acid and are injected deep into the dermis of the skin. It restores hydrobalance of the skin, plumps up acne scarring, improves elasticity and structure. Usually 4 treatments are needed every four weeks. Full results are usually obtained after all the sessions are completed.
Cost from £250

Dermaroller

What is it? The medical dermaroller uses a special micro needling process to stimulate the production of the body’s own collagen. The new collagen fibres thicken the skin and fill atrophic scars.
Cost from £200

 

Obagi Nu-derm system

What is it? The Nu-Derm System is an anti-ageing therapy specially formulated to penetrate below the skin’s surface to transform cell functions at the cellular level and correct the skin damage within, revealing healthy, younger-looking skin.
Cost from £85

 

 

*Results and benefits can vary and are different for each individual. As such, Dr Sarah Shah cannot guarantee specific results.

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