Acne Scars


Acne scars 

According to the British Skin Foundation, 28% of the UK population suffers with acne and 95% of acne sufferers say it impacts their daily lives. Even once acne has completely healed and is no longer active, it can still leave behind visible, permanent scarring. The good news is, there are a number of innovative treatments available to help improve the appearance of acne scarring

There are different scar types which can require a range of treatments

We use the following

Subcision to release the tethered scar

Tixel to rejuvenate the skin and create collagen

Microneedling to rejuvenate the skin

PRP to promote healing and rejuvenate

Cross TCA to remove small deep ice pick like scars.

Punch excision for stubborn deep scars

Dermal fillers to raise depressed scars

Acne scarring can be treated. However it is challenging and results take up to one year and require combination treatments.

We usually provide tailored packages after initial consultation.

An initial treatment plan consultation with Dr Charlson is £50 

TIXEL, a new technology platform that uses heat to stimulate skin regeneration and collagen synthesis, producing results comparable with CO2 laser but with significantly less pain and downtime, improved safety and lower price point (from £450 per treatment).

Acne scar treatment is required as an unfortunate consequence of acne. It is difficult to predict which acne lesion will scar. Acne scar treatment can be treatment for marks and pigmentation left after recent acne or actual dermal scarring.  Scarring is  difficult to treat. Dr Charlson treats acne in his NHS dermatology clinics and understands the psychological impact acne and acne scarring may cause.

However, it is not possible to completely remove acne scars, improvement in the appearance of scarring would be the objective. The scar types are atrophic, box car , rolled, ice pick, keloid

Acne can leave deep scars which can be filled with dermal filler. This is a temporary treatment to smooth out the skin but with repeated treatment scars do diminish and skin becomes clearer and smoother.

Acne can also leave pigmentation around the site where spots have been. This is called post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) and can usually be improved by treatments that increase the rate of skin cell turnover and specialist serums that inhibit the action of melanocytes in the skin.

Red marks are called PIE or post inflammatory erythema. This responds to vascular laser which we can treat you with although it often fades in time.

Whilst scarring is difficult to treat improvements can be made with the right approach

Treatments packages cost vary.