Scars

Skin is scarred by many causes. S cars are seen as a result of inflammatory damage in the skin that results in a loss of collagen and elastin leading to local areas of skin depression and unevenness . These include acne, burns, surgery, accidents or chicken pox. Acne scars can appear as depressed or uneven areas of the face, small holes in the skin called “ice pick” scars or raised red or pink scars. Our treatment of these types of scars involves the use of a wide variety of lasers, microdermabrasion and innovative filler materials providing a multi faceted to this serious problem.

At Hampshire Laser Clinic we offer microdermabrasion, glycolic acid Pharmaceutical products and 2 different laser systems, Advanced Fluorescent Technology (AFT) and the long pulsed Nd: YAG lasers, to ensure optimal results in the treatment superficial blemishes and depressed scars.

How does the treatment work?
The short wavelength Advanced Fluorescent Technology system (AFT) produces a broadband light that eliminates superficial signs of ageing, including freckles, broken capilliaries, rosacea and age spots. The light is absorbed by pigmented areas where it is converted into heat, causing break down of pigment. In broken capilliaries and spider veins, the light is absorbed by the pigment in the blood generating heat that collapses the unwanted vein.

The long wavelength Nd:YAG laser gently heats up the lower layers of the skin producing collagen that stimulates a healing response. This acts as a new foundation for the skin, reducing scars and improving skin tone. Because both these treatments do not damage the outer layers of the skin, there is no prolonged healing time and normal activities can be resumed immediately.

Can all areas of the body be treated and does skin colour make a difference?
All areas of the body can be treated. It should be noted that fine scars are more likely to have noticeable results than deep scars. All skin types can be treated and skin colour makes little difference to the benefits of the treatment.

Are there any side-effects?
Rarely redness and irritation of the treated area may occur (like sunburn). There is also a small risk of pigment change following treatment. A small minority of patients develop bruising or blistering. This settles within a few days.

How many treatments are needed?
A series of 3 to 6 treatments is recommended at monthly intervals. Methods to reduce further collagen breakdown include smoking cessation and the application of a moisturiser with SPF30 sun block. These will enhance the efficacy of the treatment. It must be remembered that the skin is constantly ageing, so it is envisaged that further treatments in the future may well be desirable.

What other methods of scar reduction are available?
For deeply etched scars, we recommend laser skin resurfacing using an Er:YAG laser. These advanced high power lasers removes the upper layers revealing the fresher, more youthful, skin beneath. Dermal filling injections such as Restylane can also be employed.

Is laser treatment safe?
Yes. There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that the treatment can lead to skin disorders or an increased risk of cancer. Furthermore, every precaution has been taken to ensure the safety of the patient. Having met all the necessary conditions, Hampshire Laser Clinic is registered with the Healthcare Commission. The lasers are also subject to periodic checks by the Regional Radiation Physics & Protection Service.

What is the cost?

The cost of each treatment varies. The cost is directly associated with the time it takes to treat certain areas. At the Hampshire Laser Clinic, we can offer very competitive and affordable laser treatments because we only use fast, state of the art lasers. Please use our contact form or call us on- 01420 52 00 33 (Bentley Clinic) or 01483 23 36 53 (Woking Clinic) for specific costs or general enquiries.

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