Acne Scarring Glasgow

Here at Ever Clinic, we provide the best treatments for acne scarring in Glasgow.

90% of acne sufferers have some form of acne scarring which is permanent and it can be quite impactful of their daily lives.

Ever Clinic in Glasgow have made significant investment in the past few years to bring patients with acne scarring an answer to their problem. Dr Cormac has completed over two years of theoretical and clinical training under the worlds experts, including preceptorships in the USA, to bring the very best solutions home to the UK.

Dr Cormac is now considered an expert amongst those with whom he trained, and regularly teaches at conferences in the UK and abroad on these techniques. 

Ever Clinic’s experts are on hand with access to multiple modalities to help reverse the damage acne scarring has on your face. We can also proudly boast we have access to the ONLY Erbium: YAG and CO2 fully ablative lasers in Scotland, giving you simply stunning results. Our machines are made by Sciton and Lumenis respectively and cost in the region of £130k each. These are surgical lasers and are typically used in hospitals. There are currently only six Lumenis Ultrapulse machines in the UK. Other CO2 lasers and Erbium lasers, such as the Candela CO2RE, Alma Pixel and Deka Smartide, are cheaper aesthetic lasers that deliver lower powered fractional laser and substantially milder results. They also require little knowledge or skill to operate. Despite claims by the manufacturers, they are simply not capable of providing the same level of result that Sciton or Lumenis can.

Additionally we also are the only one of two clinics in the UK that has a Taylor Liberator, a device which delivers amazing results for acne scarring. More on Dr Cormac and the Taylor Liberator can be read here.

Your medical professional will take you through a consultation to understand exactly what your expectations and desires are, helping us achieve optimal outcomes. Local anaesthetic will be applied to ensure maximal comfort.

Price:

Taylor Liberator £1500

Fully Ablative CO2 and erbium Resurfacing £3500

PUNCH EXCISION FROM £400

 

FAQ’s about  Acne Scarring Treatments

What is the cause of acne?

There are four major causes of acne:

  1. Face, back, and chest oil production is triggered by hormones
  2. Dead skin cells clog the pilosebaceous ducts, causing comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), which is also partly exacerbated by hormones
  3. The bacterium acnes colonizes the skin
  4. Factors contributing to inflammation

Acne may be affected by the following factors:

Hormones

  • It is common for acne to worsen during the days leading up to menstruation for young women
  • PCOS is one of the conditions mentioned in the previous paragraph.

UV light

  • Possibly helpful for acne

Stress

  • A possible explanation is the tendency of some people to scratch the spots as soon as they appear (a condition known as acne excoriee).

Diet

  • Increased consumption of fresh produce, whole grains, fish, olive oil, and garlic
  • Drink less bottled beverages and eat less sugary foods, such as cakes and ice creams

Cosmetics

  • Oil-based cosmetics

Medications

  • Steroids (tablets and creams)
  • Anabolic steroids
What does acne look like?
  • Skin that is oily
  • Sometimes stretching the skin can make them more visible (blackheads and whiteheads)
  • Inflammation of the lesions – papules , pustules and nodules
  • Scarring caused by:
  • Darker skin types are more likely to experience pigmentation (darkening of the skin)
Are investigations necessary?

It is uncommon for tests to be necessary. If the acne is severe, it’s important to get in touch to find out how our acne treatments may help your condition. Tests are also likely to be unnecessary if over-the-counter treatments have failed to clean acne up or acne scars are prevalent. In certain cases, glandular conditions will be considered and we may recommend blood tests or onward referral to an Endocrinologist.

Can acne be cured?

Although there is no cure for acne, there are treatments that greatly reduce the likelihood of new spots appearing, as well as scarring. An individual suffering from severe acne may lose confidence and self-esteem. We are able to offer patients the best treatment for acne scarring thanks to the latest advances in Topical treatments, Oral Antibiotics, and Isotretinoin. All treatments, however, do not deliver instant results and patience is required.

How can acne be treated?

After attempting over-the-counter remedies, consider these options. The maximum effect of most treatments is obtained after 2-4 months of treatment:

  • Treatments applied topically
    • Benzoyl peroxide
    • Some antibiotics included erythromycin, tetracycline, and clindamycin
    • Retinoids such as adapalene and isotretinoin
  • Antibiotics for oral use
    • Tetracyclines or erythromycin are usually used in conjunction with a topical treatment.
  • OCPs – oral contraceptives
    • OCPs may be helpful for female acne sufferers but it can take 3-4 months to work
    • In people who smoke, have a significant body mass index, or have a family history of blood clots, OCPs are not recommended.
  • Isotretinoin
    • Is a powerful treatment for severe acne that is based on Vitamin A
    • Can continue to provide benefits 2 years later
    • Only a dermatologist can prescribe it due to the possibility that it may cause serious side-effects

With our holistic approach to skin health, we treat acne from head to toe.

Support is provided and we can assist, when needed, in choosing a next step. Shared care is recommended with your family doctor.

How can acne scarring be treated?

A very common problem in Glasgow is acne scarring, which affects more than 90% of acne sufferers.

As previously mentioned, prevention of new scarring is the most effective approach. Once the acne is under control, scarring is usually addressed. Over six to twelve months, 50% of scars will naturally fade away (especially smaller ones).

Scarring can be improved but not removed…

In order to avoid unrealistic expectations, it is essential to manage expectations accordingly. Up to 75% of scars can be improved by the following procedures:

  • Atrophic scars
    • A dominant treatment option is the use of ablative lasers – In addition to more traditional treatments, lasers offer technologically advanced advantages. Patients who undergo such treatment may require weeks or even months of recovery, so they must be carefully selected and counselled.
    • By stimulating collagen, microneedling improves scars – In most cases, it requires a series of multiple treatments, as it has a much milder effect than laser ablation
    • Punch excision – The best way to remove small, deep scars is by punch excision, which can result in a new, more controlled wound
    • Subcision – This surgical technique is particularly effective for treating ‘rolling’ scars. Blood pools under the affected area because the upper layer of the skin separates from the underlying scar tissue. As a result, it forms connective tissue that helps level out the rolling scar.
What does it feel like to have acne?

People who suffer from acne are often anxious and stressed, causing them to become socially withdrawn. They may become depressed as a result.

Having feelings of hopelessness, depression, and lack of interest in doing things can indicate depression during the last month.

It is important to speak to your GP if you or your child feel depressed.

Depression can be treated with:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), medication, and counselling.
  • An antidepressant called SSRIs selectively inhibit serotonin reuptake.

Read more about treatment for depression.

Support for acne

People with acne in Scotland do not have a main charity or support group.

You can find a variety of acne-related forums and blogs on the internet, however. The experience of others with acne may be helpful to you.

The following are two examples:: 

Where are you based?

We are only based in Glasgow, but we do get visitors from other areas – these include areas such as Edinburgh Aberdeen, Fife, Stirling, Dundee and as far as Newcastle.

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Contact Info

Glasgow:
29 St Vincent Place Glasgow G1 2DT

London:
Suite 16, 3rd Floor, 75 Harley Street, London, W1G 8QL

Telephone:
0141 266 0118

Email:
bookings@everclinic.co.uk