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Understanding Different Types of Scars and How to Treat Them

Blog, Skin Treatments

Scarring is a common problem that affects many individuals. Whether it’s from acne, surgery, or injury, they can often be a source of discomfort and self-consciousness. At Pulse Light Clinic, we understand the impact of scarring on a person’s self-esteem and confidence. That’s why we offer advanced laser scar treatments to help improve the appearance of scars and boost our clients’ overall well-being.

This guide will look at the various types of scarring and the advanced scars solutions available at Pulse Light Clinic to help achieve smoother, more even skin. With our expertise and cutting-edge technology, we can help you feel confident and comfortable in your skin again.

Types of Scars

First, let’s explore the different types of scars.

Acne Scars

Acne scars are one of the most common forms of scarring, often caused by severe or chronic acne. These scars can present as depressed, pitted areas on the skin or raised, thickened tissue.

Atrophic Scars

Atrophic scars are sunken or pitted scars that occur when the skin cannot regenerate tissue properly. They are commonly caused by severe acne, chickenpox, or surgery. These scars are characterised by a depressed appearance, giving the skin a textured look.

Hypertrophic Scars

Hypertrophic scars are raised, thickened scars that form within the boundaries of the original wound. They are often red and may gradually improve, but they can still be noticeable.

Keloid Scars

Keloid scars are similar to hypertrophic scars but extend beyond the original wound site. These scars can continue to grow over time and may become quite large. Keloids are often more challenging to treat and can be itchy or painful. Face keloid removal is a commonly sought-after treatment.

Stretch Marks (Striae)

Stretch marks are scars that occur when the skin stretches rapidly due to growth spurts, pregnancy, or significant weight changes. They appear as long, narrow streaks on the skin and can vary in colour from red or purple to white.

Treatment Options at Pulse Light Clinic

At Pulse Light Clinic, we offer a variety of advanced treatments to address different types of scars. Our team of experts will work with you to find the best solution for your needs, considering factors such as skin type, severity of the condition, and desired outcome. Here’s a closer look at each option:

CO2 Laser Treatment

CO2 laser treatment is a cosmetic procedure that uses a carbon dioxide laser to remove layers of skin. It is commonly used for skin resurfacing, scar removal, and wrinkle reduction.

How It Works: The CO2 laser treatment uses carbon dioxide laser technology to remove layers of skin tissue in a fractionated method by heating up and vaporising the skin cells in the targeted area. This process stimulates the production of new collagen and skin cells, leading to smoother and healthier-looking skin. See laser CO2 before and after here.

Best For: Deep acne, surgical, and other atrophic scars.

Procedure: The CO2 laser creates tiny, controlled injuries in the scarred tissue during the procedure. The body’s natural healing process then repairs these injuries by generating new collagen and skin cells.

Recovery: After a CO2 laser treatment, it is essential to keep the treated area clean and protected from sun exposure for at least a week. The recovery time can vary depending on the intensity of the treatment, but most patients can resume normal activities within 7-10 days. Some redness and peeling are common during this time, but this should subside as the new skin heals.

Benefits: CO2 laser resurfacing is highly effective in promoting collagen production and skin rejuvenation, significantly reducing the appearance of deep scars.

Results: The results of CO2 treatment can be seen after the initial recovery period of 7-10 days. However, it may take up to several months for the full effects to be visible as the skin continues to heal and regenerate.

Patients can expect a significant improvement in their skin’s texture, tone, and overall appearance. Deep scars will appear much less noticeable, and wrinkles will be reduced. In addition, CO2 laser treatment can also improve sun damage, age spots, and other skin imperfections.

Cost: At Pulse Light Clinic, the cost of laser skin resurfacing starts at £1,949, with three sessions targeting the half face, and goes up to £4,149 for three sessions treating the entire face, neck, and decolletage.

ICON Laser Treatment

The ICON Laser Treatment is a cutting-edge procedure that uses advanced laser technology to treat various skin issues. It has become increasingly popular due to its effectiveness, minimal downtime, and safety.

How It Works: The ICON laser treatment utilises fractional laser technology to target scar tissue and stimulate collagen production. This helps to smooth out the skin and reduce the visibility of scars.

Best For: Various types of scars, including acne and surgical scars.

Procedure and Recovery: The ICON laser creates micro-injuries in the scar tissue, prompting the skin to heal and regenerate. The treatment is relatively quick, and recovery time is minimal, with most patients experiencing mild redness and swelling for a few days.

Benefits: ICON laser treatment improves skin texture and reduces scar visibility with minimal discomfort and downtime.

Results: Results can be seen after just one session, but multiple sessions may be needed for optimal results. The effects are long-lasting and continue to improve over time as the skin produces collagen.

Cost: At Pulse Light Clinic, three sessions of ICON treatment for a small body area cost £629, and six sessions targeting an extra large body area cost £2,899.

Dermapen (Microneedling)

Dermapen, also known as microneedling, is a popular cosmetic procedure that improves the appearance of skin by stimulating collagen production.

How It Works: Dermapen uses a device with fine needles to create micro-injuries in the skin. These tiny punctures stimulate the body’s natural healing process, promoting collagen and elastin production and producing smoother, firmer and more radiant skin.

Best For: Among the best stretch mark removal, atrophic scars, and fine lines treatments.

Procedure: During the microneedling procedure, the Dermapen is passed over the scarred area, creating controlled micro-injuries. Recovery is typically short, with some redness and mild swelling for a day or two.

Recovery: After a Dermapen session, your skin may appear red and slightly swollen. This is normal and typically subsides within 24-48 hours. Some patients may experience mild bruising or pinpoint bleeding at the treatment site. It is essential to avoid any harsh skincare products or makeup for at least 24 hours after the procedure to allow your skin to heal correctly.

Benefits: Microneedling enhances skin texture and reduces the appearance of scars with minimal downtime. It’s particularly effective for treating stretch marks and fine lines.

Cost: Three sessions of Dermapen for the face cost £599, and three sessions for the face and neck cost £899.

Choosing the Right Treatment

Consultation Importance

Choosing the proper treatment for your scars is crucial for achieving the best results. At Pulse Light Clinic, we offer professional consultations to assess your needs and recommend the most suitable treatment options. Our experienced clinicians will evaluate your skin type, the type and extent of your scars, and your overall goals to create a personalised treatment plan.

Personalised Treatment Plans

We believe in providing tailored solutions for each patient. We design our personalised treatment plans to address your unique concerns and deliver optimal results. Whether you have acne scars, surgical scars, or stretch marks, our team will work with you to develop a comprehensive plan that meets your needs.

Combining Treatments

Sometimes, a combination of treatments may be necessary to achieve the desired results. Our team will carefully assess your case and recommend the best action for optimal results. This may include a combination of laser therapy, microneedling, chemical peels, or other treatments.

Take the First Step Towards Radiant, Scar-Free Skin with Pulse Light Clinic

Treating scars can significantly enhance your skin’s appearance and boost your confidence. At Pulse Light Clinic, we offer a range of advanced treatments, including CO2 laser, ICON laser, and Dermapen, to help you achieve smoother, healthier-looking skin. Don’t let scars hold you back any longer—schedule a consultation with us today to explore the best treatment options.

Contact us now to book your free consultation and take the first step towards scar-free, radiant skin.