We offer a range of treatments to minimise the appearance of scars and, in some cases, remove the completely. These treatments include Dermaroller, cosmetic filler injections, steroid injections, chemical peels and scar revision and our highly experienced dermatologist will assess your scar to determine what the best course of action for you is.
There are various factors that affect the severity of a scar including age, gender, location and depth of the scar, location of the injury, ethnicity and heredity and skin type; these all determine the longevity and appearance of the scar as well as how it should be treated.
Scars are caused when the skin or tissue is damaged in some way. There are several different kinds of scars, including-
Stretch marks- often caused by growth spurts, sudden weight loss or gain and pregnancy, the sudden stretching of the skin causes the middle layer of skin (known as the dermis) to tear and reveal the deeper layers of the skin. These look red/purple when they are fresh and fade in colour with time, but often still look shiny and slightly discoloured.
Acne scars- severe acne and damage to the skin by picking at spots can cause various different types of scars including pit marks. The type of acne scar will determine what treatment is suitable.
Keloid scars- these are more common on coloured skin and are caused by an over aggressive healing process by the skin; the skin heals itself past the boundary of the wound and can appear raised, shiny and darker or redder than the surrounding skin.
Hypertrophic scar- similar to a keloid scar but does not extend past the boundary of the wound. These can continue to thicken for months after the original injury and are usually treated with seroid injections.
What Kinds of Treatment are There?
Our dermatologist will thoroughly assess your scar and all the factors involved before advising the best course of action. These treatments include-
Dermaroller- tiny needles that pierce the skin and encourage the skin’s natural healing process. This is often used on stretch marks, acne scars and pitted scars. Learn more about our Dermaroller treatment here.
Dermal filler injections- these raise the skin to the same level of the surrounding skin, therefore making the whole area more even. This is only suitable for some kinds of scars and made need to be topped up.
Corticosteroid injections- usually used for keloid and hypertrohoic scars, these are a specific type of steroid that are injected directly into the scar and reduce inflammation. Very little is absorbed into the blood stream so there is very little risk of side effects. Depending on the severity of the scar, you will typically be injected with two or three injections spaced a month apart and this treatment may be repeated for six months or longer. An anaesthetic is often administered as well.
Chemical peels- peels consist of certain chemicals that remove the very top layer of the epidermis in a controlled way which removes dead skin cells and imperfections including superficial scars. This method is best used on acne scars but should be used with caution on certain skin types, is not suitable for those prone to keloid scarring and should not be used if there is an active infection.
Scar revision surgery- in severe cases a minor surgical procedure can be used to reduce or alter the scar, or if the scar is on a joint and is restricting it, scar revision surgery can release it. The scar tissue is cut out before the new wound is closed and the area heals. If the scar is very deep there may be a multi-layered closure in order to prevent a new dented scar.
Having scar revision surgery can result in a new scar that may take up to two years to heal and there is an increased risk or keloid or hypertrophic scarring. If you have keloid skin, there is a 50-80% chance of the keloid scar reoccurring.
Why Choose the London Cosmetic Clinic?
Every scar and every skin is unique so we use a tailored approach to your scar removal treatment. Our specialist doctor has a proven track record of professionalism and great results, has extensive experience in scar removal treatments and is a registered member of the General Medical Council.
When you have your consultation we will discuss the best course of action with you as well as how long and how many sessions it will take. We also offer a follow up appointment to ensure that you achieve the best possible results and to monitor the progress of the treatment.
Our location in the heart of Knightsbridge makes us very easy to find and the cost of your treatment will depend on the method and amount of sessions required but we do offer a very competitive rate. Make sure you regularly check our special offers page for all our latest discounts and promotions.