From accidents, ailments, skin conditions, most of us are living with scars. When these scars are noticeable – if only to us – they can have a negative impact on our self-esteem.
Affecting around 80% of us, acne is a common cause of scarring and particularly facial scarring. Acne is a skin condition that is commonly associated with teenagers. It occurs at the skin’s surface where sebaceous glands secrete sebum – a lubricant that prevents skin and hair from drying out. Sensitive to changes in hormones, these glands can go into overdrive, causing spots to form. However, acne can also occur in adults. Whatever the age, acne and the resulting scars can cause extreme stress and crush our confidence.
At my aesthetics clinic in Hale, Altrincham, I strive to put smiles back onto the faces of my patients by taking scars away. There are three main treatments that can reduce scarring:
One of the most effective treatments for reducing the appearance of scars, the Dermapen technique is referred to as skin needling. The concept is based on the skin’s automatic response to heal itself when damaged. The Derma FNS pen is made up of a series of small needles which make tiny holes in the surface of the skin. This process causes the skin to naturally release growth factors which encourages the breakdown of old collagen and the production of new collagen. Collagen is the protein that gives volume to our face; our ability to produce collagen decreases as we age, causing wrinkles and lines. Apply the same practice to scarring and the Dermapen lifts, tightens, and rejuvenates the skin thereby reducing the appearance of scars.
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When administered by a professional in aesthetic treatments, a chemical peel can be an effective course of action to reduce scarring. At KP Aesthetics we offer three chemical peels, however the most effective in reducing the appearance of scars is The Perfect Peel. The treatment is a blend of glutathione, kojic acid, retinoic acid, TCA, salicyclic acid, phenol and a blend of vitamins and minerals. The individual elements combine to exfoliate, resurface, and remodel the skin. Where scar tissue can be raised and discoloured, the chemical peel will smooth the skin and lighten dark pigmentation. Dead and damaged skin cells are removed and collagen and elastin stimulators applied within the peel’s chemical combination.
Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments can successfully combat scarring. Often referred to as the Vampire Facelift, a small sample of blood is taken from the patient and spun in a centrifuge to separate the sample into plasma and red blood cells. Injecting the gel-like plasma back into the skin stimulates collagen production. For this reason, the PRP treatment is often used as an anti-ageing procedure. The increased collagen production enables skin cells to rejuvenate, reducing the appearance of scarring and wrinkles by leaving smooth, even-coloured and even-textured skin. By using the patient’s own plasma, it is a very safe and effective treatment.
Your free initial consultation will involve a one on one session where I assess your scarring and give you a number of treatment options that are best suited to your skin. Together we can create a treatment plan that is unique to you and your requirements. If you would like to take the first step in scar-free living, please get in touch.