Scarring / Stretch Marks
A scar is a mark left on the skin after a wound or injury has healed or the ‘aftermath’ of acne.
Scars are a natural part of the healing process. Most will fade on there own over time although sometimes they never completely disappear if left untreated.
A scar can be a fine line or a pitted hole on the skin, or an abnormal overgrowth of tissue.
Some scars caused by skin conditions, such as acne and chickenpox, can have a sunken or pitted appearance. Pitted scars, also known as atrophic or "ice-pick" scars, can also develop as a result of an injury that causes a loss of underlying fat.
Post Inflammatory Scars/Marks:
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) are those dark marks or spots left behind after a spot heals. They can vary in colour. Usually red in colour for lighter skin types and brown in colour for darker skin types. PIH is discoloration of the skin that remains after a wound heals. It is the skin's natural response to inflammation.
Normal fine-line Scars;
A minor wound like a cut will usually heal to leave a raised line, which will gradually fade and flatten over time but again will never completely disappear if left untreated.
A keloid scar is an overgrowth of tissue that happens when too much collagen is produced at the site of a wound.
Please note there is not currently a treatment we can offer in clinic to help with Keloid Scarring. The use of Keloid Sheets at home can be helpful to flatten the scar but it does take quite some time.
Stretch marks are a form of scarring on the skin with an off-colour hue. Over time they may diminish, but will not disappear completely if left untreated. Stretch marks are caused by tearing of the dermis during periods of rapid growth of the body, such as during puberty or pregnancy.
Our recommended in clinic treatments for Scarring;
Microneedling causes skin cells to turn over at a much faster rate. Similar to those of a child. The stamping action of the EPN Pen's vertical tip creates invisible micro-injuries to the skin, while stimulating the skin’s natural ability to heal itself and increase the production of new collagen. In doing so, these micro-injuries encourage and harness the body’s innate ability to regrow and repair the skin through normal physiological processes and the skin becomes rejuvenated and refreshed. Microneedling is one of, if not the best treatment for Scarring/Stretch Marks/Fine Lines.
The needles create tiny injuries which causes your skin to go into 'fight mode'. This then promotes the formation of new skin cells and accelerates healing. At the same time, it breaks down old scar tissue to pave the way for new skin cells
Medical Professional Peels are fast-becoming the number one clinical skin treatment worldwide. At a fraction of the price of laser, they can significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles, pigmentation and blemishes with less discomfort and downtime. Just 60 minutes in the therapist's chair can visibly rejuvenate skin to provide a softer, smoother, more even youthful-looking complexion. Medik8 Professional Peels are professional-grade exfoliating acids that help resurface and re-texture the skin. They use a powerful blend of ingredients to penetrate the top layers of the skin and visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, blemishes, dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
Can I just have 1 Peel / Microneedling session to improve scarring?
It is possible to just have a single peel / treatment, but you will not see your desired results after just the one. We recommend a course of 6 to really see the long-term skin benefits. It is a little like going to the gym; you can go occasionally but the real results will come when you commit to an ongoing programme.
Key skincare ingredients to help with Scarring/Pigmentation;
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Oxyresveratrol (Medik8 Oxy-R Peptides)
AHA'S (Medik8 Sleep Glycolic)
PHAs (Medik8 Press & Glow Tonic)
Retinal (Medik8 Crystal Retinal 3)