Facial acne scarring has been shown to affect somewhere between 47-95% of those who suffer with acne. Even when acne has been treated, the scars left behind can be a visible reminder of troublesome skin. Research data shows that acne scarring can have impact on self-esteem, body image, confidence and emotional well-being. Additionally, acne scarring is an independent risk factor for suicide, depression, low academic performance and unemployment.
Risk factors for acne scarring include delay in acne treatment, previous acne severity, male gender, and a family history of the condition. Scar treatments can be difficult to access in the UK, and treatment can be difficult and disappointing, if not undertaken under the guidance of an expert. Often mixed approaches of treatment are required and it takes time to see the gradual improvement.
Whilst acne scar treatment is not mandatory, those who find themselves troubled by scarring should consider seeking professional advice. Navigating facial acne scarring demands not only a comprehensive understanding of treatment modalities, but also the importance of selecting a skilled practitioner. When choosing a professional to address your acne scars, trust becomes paramount. It can help to seek out a consultant dermatologist with expertise in procedures such as peels and laser.
Achieving optimal results necessitates time and a stepwise approach to treatment. Trustworthy practitioners will set realistic expectations, outlining the gradual nature of scar improvement and potential outcomes. Our consultant dermatologists employ a tailored strategy based on the types of scars, skin tone, and your own individual factors. They communicate openly about treatment options, potential side effects, and the anticipated timeline for results.
Having scar treatments at Self London will start with a consultation to learn more about you, your skin health and general health. An examination will also take place to identify scar type, location and severity. Questions about how scars impact your life and your expectations of treatment and desired results will guide a bespoke treatment plan.
When you attend for your scar or laser consultation at Self London, it may help to think about asking your consultant the following questions. This allows you to go into a treatment fully informed of risks and benefits and empowers you into making a decision whether scar treatments are really for you.
- What acne scar procedure is the correct one for me?
- What is the estimated cost?
- How long will it take?
- How often will I need to receive treatment?
- How far apart are the treatments?
- What are the common side effects or complications associated with the procedure?
- How can I best prepare for the treatment?
- Does acne scar removal hurt?
- What are my pain management options? Do you use numbing cream?
- How long is the recovery time?
- Will someone walk me through the process before going in for treatment?
- What are the risks?
- What should I expect after the treatment is performed?
- Do I need specific aftercare or medication?
The Self London team will make sure an initial evaluation of your medical history is taken, take photos at baseline of your skin to chart progress, and are happy to show you photographs of healing and recovery on request.
Choosing the right practitioner is an investment in both your skin’s future and your peace of mind, fostering a collaborative relationship founded on trust and patience. Remember, the path to scar-free skin is a journey, and with the right person on your team, you can confidently stride toward lasting results.