Acne and Acne Scarring
Acne affects many people at various stages in their lives. It affects between 80% and 90% of teenagers and adult acne is a very common skin condition.
Acne is caused by many factors including hormonal changes, genetics, stress, infection and lifestyle. It presents itself in many forms from small pimples to severe redness and pustules and can appear over the face, neck and body often leading to scarring.
Acne can affect self-esteem and confidence, leading to psychological and social difficulties and depression.
Silk Skin Laser Care Clinic is able to offer the latest non-invasive laser and light treatments available for the treatment of acne and is able to reduce the visibility of both the acne and the unpleasant scarring left behind.
Frequently asked questions about acne and acne scarring treatment
How does the acne scarring treatment work?
Laser and light directly targets overactive sebaceous glands, greatly reducing the total number and severity of active lesions, and reducing the inflammation and occurrence of breakouts. Laser and light stimulates the production of new collagen to improve skin texture and can also reduce the appearance of red or brown areas of skin that are often associated with acne breakouts.
How is the acne scarring treatment carried out?
During your consultation with a qualified nurse, a treatment procedure will be tailored specifically to you. A light applicator is placed onto the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The hand piece is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated.
Am I suitable for acne scarring treatment?
Most people are suitable for treatment. We recommend a full consultation with one of our qualified nurses to ascertain your suitability and tailor the treatment to your needs.
How does the acne scarring treatment feel?
Treatment can be mildly uncomfortable but no anaesthesia is required. Most people describe the sensation as similar to the flick of an elastic band.
What can I expect after the acne scarring treatment?
Immediately after treatment the skin may appear red and a warm tingling sensation may be felt. Typically the skin is cooled to ease any discomfort and a calming gel is applied.
How long does each acne scarring treatment take?
Treatment typically takes approximately 30 minutes.
How many acne scarring treatments are necessary?
The number of treatments will depend on the individual. 6 to 8 sessions every two weeks would usually be required.
Are there any side effects of acne scarring treatment?
The treated area can become quite red immediately after treatment but this usually disappears within a couple of hours. Most people experience no other side effects but very rarely a small blister can form or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.
Prior to treatment, one of our qualified nurses will conduct a consultation and take your medical history in confidence to confirm whether you are suitable for treatment. This is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Before treatment commences you must provide your written consent.