Laser Treatment for Acne Scar Removal
- Significant reduction in the appearance of marks and scars
- Improved skin texture and clearer complexion
- Virtually no downtime and no time off work required
- 15 Years’ experience delivering laser treatments
Acne scars can cause anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and other psychological problems. But now, advances in laser technology can effectively treat acne scars, regaining a persons self-confidence in the process. *Results may vary from person to person.
What causes Acne Scars?
Acne scars are the result of deep skin infections, caused by acne pustules or cysts. When a spot forms, the follicle becomes blocked with dead skin cells, oil and bacteria. This causes the skin to become inflamed and to swell up as the internal pressure increases. When the internal pressure becomes too great, the follicle wall becomes ruptured, causing localised damage to the skin. If this rupture occurs near to the surface of the skin, the debris can drain away from the follicle and the skin heals fairly rapidly. But pustules which cause a break in the follicle wall deep inside the skin are much more problematic. The debris from the infection comes into contact with deeper levels of the skin, and damages healthy cells.
When the skin is damaged, the body naturally reacts by producing more collagen. However, sometimes it produced too much collagen, which leaves a bumpy scar on the face, called hypertrophic or keloid scarring. It is also very common to see depressions left in the skin, which are known as atrophic scars. This occurs when there is a loss of tissue, leaving what are known as ‘ice pick’ scars and ‘boxcar scars’. This type of skin pitting is the most dramatic, and noticeable.
All types of acne scarring can cause distress and increased self-consciousness. In some cases the scarring is so severe that individuals can lose confidence due to the appearance of their skin. But now, advances in laser technology are available to help people with this common problem.
How does the acne scar laser treatment work?
Andrea Catton boasts the two most advanced lasers in the world for treating acne scars and pores: PicoSure Focus Lens Array and the RevLite.
PicoSure FLA (Focus Lens Array) is a newly developed, cutting edge laser therapy, FDA approved to to treat acne scars. It works in a similar way as RevLite, in that it penetrates the skin to create areas of localised thermal damage. However, PicoSure technology combines a dual approach when treating skin conditions: a photothermal process and a photomechanical impact based on ultra-short pulse duration. This combination of photothermolysis and intense photomechanical impact, known as Pressure Wave™, breaks up the intended target while allowing the surrounding area to remain undamaged. With the addition of the FLA, each pulse is redistributed into microscopic patterns of ultra-high fluence tightly focused regions, embedded in a low fluence background (see image). It is this combined effect that restores normal skin elasticity in the scar tissue and thus reducing the appearance of the scar.
RevLite laser treatment involves the application of a particular light wavelength, which is absorbed by areas of acne scarring. This light, known as PTP (PhotoAcoustic Technology Pulse), heats the skin, which has the effect of damaging the tissues just enough to provoke a healing response in the skin. The body’s natural reaction to damage is to repair itself, and it is this response that laser treatments provoke. The laser penetrates the skin and targets the collagen and fibroplasts. The localised thermal damage causes an increase in the production of collagen in an acne depression, which in turn softens the edges and improves the appearance of the scars. The new collagen ‘plumps up’ the atrophic pits in the skin.
What result can I expect?
Treatment with the RevLite laser will take between 20 and 40 minutes depending on the size of the are being treated and results will depend on the severity of your acne scars and pores. Treatment with the PicoSure FLA is much quicker and will take between 15 and 30 minutes. Every client is different, and it is only after an examination that we can assess what the final result will be. The very deepest scars are the hardest to treat but over time can be greatly reduced. In most cases, results can be seen within just 48 hours of your first session.
You may require a number of weekly sessions, and our consultants will advise you on how many times you need to return to get the best results. However, if you opt for the PicoSure FLA then the number of visits will be greatly reduced, due to its cutting-edge technology. Many of our clients tend to opt for PicoSure FLA for several reasons including, quicker treatments, quicker recovery times, quicker results, and fewer treatments needed.
*Results may vary from person to person.
How much does laser acne scar treatment cost?
Full facial: £140 per treatment
Other body parts: Price on consultation
Full facial: £240 per treatment
Other body parts: Price on consultation
If you would like laser removal treatment for acne scars on areas of the body other than the face then you can send in a photo via our contact form here.
5 Laser Acne Scarring Reduction treatments for the price of 4.
Consultations require a £50 deposit, which is deducted from any future treatments. 2 working days notice is required to move or cancel an appointment, or the deposit is forfeited at our discretion.
What our clients say…
“Can’t recommend highly enough. Andrea is so friendly and puts you at ease immediately. Her treatments are first class and carried out with the utmost professionalism. Well worth a visit, you won’t be disappointed.”*
“Andrea is such a lovely woman, very professional and makes you feel welcome for the first instance. Andrea’s excellent knowledge makes you know you’ve come to the right place and I will definitely be making a 2nd appointment! I can’t wait to see the results from the PicoSure Laser!”*
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