Non-Surgical Treatments for Acne Scars


Acne scar treatment GLASGOW

Acne Scar Treatment Glasgow

For an effective non-surgical acne scar treatment in Glasgow, choose Dr Darren McKeown’s cutting-edge clinic — McKeown Medical.

Dr Darren McKeown offers award-winning Acne Scar treatments in Glasgow.

Active acne can be one of the most distressing dermatological conditions to suffer from. This is all the more reason why we shouldn’t let ourselves be haunted by the aftermath — acne scarring.

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Our founder, Dr Darren McKeown, is renowned for his expertise and artistry with dermal fillers. As a peer-reviewed medical author, he is passionate about treatments that stand up to scientific scrutiny. Above all, Dr McKeown believes in a global approach; delivering flawless results – and rejuvenation that lasts.


Non-Surgical Treatments for Acne Scars


Non-Surgical Acne Scar Treatments for Clear, Healthy Skin

Who Does Acne Affect?

Acne typically affects younger men and women during puberty, at a time when they are looking to find a partner, which can be particularly distressing psychologically because of the effect it has on their confidence and self-esteem. However, although it is often associated with adolescents, it can also relatively commonly affect older adults.

Who Does Acne Scarring Affect?

Unfortunately, about 1 of every 5 people with acne will develop acne scarring thereafter. In these cases, acne scarring is the result of inflammation of acne blemishes — which is what causes skin damage. When there is a loss of tissue, an indentation scar forms on the skin’s surface; but when there is too much collagen production for scar tissue in the repair process, raised scars can form on the top layer of skin instead.

Whether you want to treat light scarring or you’re looking for a deep acne scars treatment, Dr Darren McKeown can help — Book your appointment today.

Acne Scar Treatment Glasgow

Non-Surgical Treatments for Acne Scars


Acne vs Acne Scarring

An acne treatment differs significantly from an acne scarring treatment.

Acne Scar Treatment Glasgow

Acne Treatments

We offer a number of effective treatments for acne in an attempt to prevent scarring in acne sufferers as far as possible.

Acne treatment is normally managed by your GP using a combination of topical skincare products and prescription antibiotics to fight bacteria and reduce acne symptoms.

In severe acne cases, an acne treatment plan could include a drug called Roaccutane, used under the supervision of a consultant dermatologist. For those with less severe acne who do not wish to undergo conventional drug treatment, Intense Pulsed Light therapy or Broadband Light therapy can be a good acne treatment when trying to improve some of the symptoms.

Acne Scarring Treatments

We offer a number of popular treatments for different skin types with acne scarring.

Your options for acne scarring treatments may depend on whether you have rolling scars or not, the appearance of your scars, and various other factors. Recovery time for most of these treatments is between 24 hours and 10 days, depending on your chosen procedure and the severity of the case.

Overall, most of these methods used for acne scarring also aim to give patients better skin in other ways — positively impacting general skin texture, pigmentation, and fine lines as well.

Let the McKeown team help you find the right treatment plan for your skin. Book a consultation at our clinic in Glasgow today.

Non-Surgical Treatments for Acne Scars

The treatment of acne scars will vary from one person to the next. For example, some patients may need a deep acne scar treatment, while others will be able to reduce acne scars with a more mild treatment.

Book an acne or acne scarring treatment in Glasgow at McKeown Medical — these are some of the acne scarring treatment options available at our clinic:

Broadband Light (BBL) is a treatment that has produced highly effective results in treating acne. This treatment uses a combination of blue, yellow and infrared light, which eliminates acne-causing bacteria deep in the pores. BBL is essentially a more advanced version of Intense Pulse Light (IPL), but using BBL to treat acne offers far less pain and discomfort than IPL. There is also little to no downtown after a BBL acne mark treatment, and any pinkness or redness usually resolves within a few hours.

With such a wide range of light filters, this treatment is more adaptable and effective when it comes to treating active acne accurately and precisely. With more control over the amount of energy used during each session, we can ensure less pain, which in turn allows for multiple issues to be treated in a single session. Because of this, several issues can be targeted in a standard session, with 3 to 4 passes usually being made per session.

There are usually two phases for a BBL treatment in Glasgow at McKeown Medical: the corrective phase and the maintenance phase. Most people tend to require three corrective sessions over three months, as this first phase aims to undo years of skin damage. After this, a single session can be carried out every six months to maintain the skin’s quality. During this maintenance phase, each session will be combined with a pass of SkinTyte to help improve the skin’s texture and firmness.

BBL is often used in combination with HALO and ProFractional acne scars removal treatments to achieve the best results.

Acne Scar Treatment Glasgow
Acne Scar Treatment Glasgow

HALO and ProFractional laser technology work incredibly well as acne scar removal treatment options. As with traditional laser resurfacing for acne scars, these procedures create a controlled injury on the skin’s surface and its deeper layers, often through the use of a dual mode laser. Rather than only targeting the top layers of the skin, each acne scar laser treatment will stimulate the skin’s rejuvenation process on both a superficial and deeper level, promoting a smoother and more youthful glow in the long term.

To ensure there is as little discomfort and pain as possible during these non-invasive acne scar treatments, a local anaesthetic in the form of a topical numbing cream is applied to the treatment area beforehand. Initially, the laser is hardly noticeable; however, as the treatment continues, the heat will start to build and, for about an hour after the laser acne scar removal procedure, you may feel as if you have a bad sunburn. After the first hour, this feeling will subside, although there will still be redness and swelling. Depending on the chosen setting and how aggressive the laser treatment for your acne scars is, the downtime will be about 5-7 days.

The results of a HALO or ProFractional acne scar laser removal treatment should last for several years, thanks to the healing response it generates. We recommend that patients maintain these facial scar treatment results by regularly applying sunscreen and maintaining good skin habits. You can also schedule a regular maintenance treatment in Glasgow at our clinic.

At McKeown Medical, we offer Broadband Light (BBL) and full laser skin resurfacing facial treatments using cutting-edge Sciton devices that have proven results. Book a consultation with an acne scar specialist at our renowned clinic to take the first step towards regaining your confidence.

Non-Surgical Treatments for Acne Scars


How Acne & Acne Scarring Occurs

Acne is more than just whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples — which is why it can so often leave behind scarring. In order to treat acne scars appropriately, it is important to understand the whole process.

Causes of Acne

Acne occurs when the hair follicles or facial pores become clogged. This can happen due to inflammation, an overproduction of sebum (an oily, slightly waxy substance found on the skin), or a build up of bacteria, oils and dead skin cells clogging the pores and follicles. Stress, hormonal changes, certain medications, and diet can also trigger or worsen acne breakouts.

Because of the way acne is caused, acne scars on the face are most common. However, it can also occur elsewhere on the body, such as the shoulders, back, and chest. The technology we use for our laser removal for acne scars can be used on the face or the body.

Contact McKeown Medical for advice on the right skin treatment for your acne scars.

Acne Lesions Causing Scarring

A lesion is a symptom of acne and is used to describe the bumps that define most acne conditions. There are a number of different types of acne lesions — some mild and some severe — but the ones that can leave scarring behind include:

  • Cysts
  • Papules
  • Pustules

  • Severe acne scarring (otherwise known as pitted acne scarring) is typically the result of acne lesions such as cysts, papules and pustules becoming inflamed and damaging the skin and underlying tissue.
    Acne Scar Treatment Glasgow

    Dr Darren McKeown has helped many patients get their confidence back — let us help you too. Contact us to find out more about using laser for acne scars, or book an appointment for your acne scar treatment in Glasgow at our clinic to start your healing process.

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