Unfortunately, acne scarring in Glasgow is a very common problem, with more than 90% of acne sufferers having some residual scarring.
As stated previously, the most effective approach is that of focusing on prevention of new scarring. Thereafter, scarring is usually addressed when the acne itself is under control. Up to 50% of scars (especially smaller ones) will naturally improve over 6-12 months.
It is critical to note that scarring can be IMPROVED BUT NOT REMOVED
The above is absolutely key, as expectations must be managed to avoid unrealistic expectations. We aim to improve the scar by up to 50-75%:
- Atrophic scars
- Ablative lasers – one of the most effective treatment options available. This technologically advanced approach may be used in conjunction with more traditional approaches. Such treatment has a recovery time which can be numbered in weeks or even months, and patients have to be carefully selected and counselled.
- Microneedling – a technique commonly used to improve scars by stimulating new collagen. It has much less ‘down-time’ than laser ablation and has a much milder effect, normally requiring a course of multiple treatments
- Punch excision – some small, deep scars are best removed as this can allow a new, more controlled wound to result
- Subcision – especially effective for ‘rolling’ scars, this surgical technique can be used to treat rolling scars. Here, the upper layer of the skin is separated from the underlying scar tissue, allowing blood to pool under the affected area. This helps form connective tissue, which pushes up the rolling scar so it’s level with the rest of the surface of the skin. More about the Taylor Liberator can be read here