5 things you need to know before you undergo treatment for acne scars


Acne is a skin condition that many of us tend to associate only with gangly, socially awkward teenagers; however, contrary to popular belief, it can affect anyone, regardless of their age. Worse, the anguish isn’t necessarily gone once the acne itself is, as scars can be left where those unsightly pimples once were. This can adversely affect your appearance, confidence, and social life; however, you can still have these scars treated. Here are some things to consider before you do.


Risk factors for acne scarring


The age “prevention is better than cure” certainly applies in the case of acne scars. You might not be particularly reassured to read this if, for one reason or another, acne of your own has long been left untreated, resulting in highly noticeable scars. However, you can still act to prevent those scars worsening. Reader’s Digest cites several risk factors – including picking and popping zits. Also, if you have acne itself treated shortly after it appears, it can leave less severe scarring.


What type – or types – of scars you have


There are many different kinds of acne scars, and identifying which of them you have been inflicted with could help you decide the best approach for treating your scars. Examples of these types include ice pick scars, so-called as they look like puncture-holes created with an ice pick; boxcar scars, which are depressed like – but generally broader than – ice pick scars; and rolling scars, which are smooth-edged and resemble small hills and valleys. You might even have a mix of scar types.


Benefits of laser treatment


Here at the Belgravia Cosmetic Clinic, located in London’s Richmond area, we can provide a free consultation that can assist you in deciding what treatment would be best for your skin. However, in doing so, don’t overlook the plentiful benefits of laser treatment. StyleCraze has remarked: “Laser treatment for acne scars has been proven to be the best available treatment to remove stubborn acne scars completely.” Still, keep in mind that this treatment is available in multiple different forms.


Merits of i-Pixel Laser fractional skin resurfacing in particular


Of the different laser treatment types, fractional treatment is the best. It focuses on treating strictly a small part of the skin, leaving the rest spared. Therefore, the skin tissues are stimulated to heal more quickly. At our clinic, we offer i-Pixel Laser treatment for acne scars. This utilises especially sophisticated laser technology to significantly reduce scarring. Our website lists prices for such treatment on the face, neck, and hands; however, we can advise if you want other areas treated.


What to do after receiving treatment


One treatment session might not be sufficient for bringing the maximum improvement if your scarring is particularly severe. Therefore, you might have to undertake multiple treatment sessions, which you should arrange to have take place every one to two weeks. Also, after a session, you should avoid sun exposure and, even in your home, apply sunscreen. We hope that it won’t be long before your skin looks much better.

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