Say Goodbye to Depressed Scars with Laser Scar Removal in Glasgow

Dr Darren McKeown offers non-surgical and surgical treatments for scar revision in Glasgow

Depressed scars can be difficult to hide, especially when they are on your face or on other visible parts of your body. It can take a knock on your self-esteem when looking at this scarring and can make people feel isolated and not want to be seen.

Deep scars are typically caused by burns, cuts, and sun damage, but one of the most common forms of scars come from acne. While many are able to get through the hormonal years fairly unscathed, others are left with marks that simply refuse to heal by themselves over time.

This is why many people choose to look into scar revision.

As one of the most sought after cosmetic clinics in Glasgow, we have the expertise to advise on the best scar revision treatment plan for your skin and advanced technology to ensure the best possible results.

What is a Depressed Scar?

A depressed scar is made up of skin that has sunken, leaving a dent in the skin. It is the result of damaged tissue that comes about after trauma to the skin.

There are a number of scar revision treatments that can help restore the skin tissue and make your body feel rejuvenated again. The best procedure for your scar will depend on your hopes for the end result. We will discuss this with you during your consultation at our cosmetic clinic in Glasgow.

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Non-Surgical Treatments for Depressed Scars:

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Laser Resurfacing

The CO2 laser is the most aggressive laser available for skin resurfacing. It works by burning the top layers of the skin off, which in turn generates a healing response. Traditional laser resurfacing burns the entire surface of the skin off, but recent advances in ‘fractional’ technology using microscopic laser beams mean that only a percentage of the skin’s surface is removed during treatments.

This has the effect of still stimulating a healing response, but with a shorter recovery period afterwards.

The CO2 laser we use is the CO2RE from Syneron-Candela, which has the ability to work in both full field and fractional mode. For treating depressed scars we normally use it in fractional mode, using a deep setting for the most effective results. The area will normally be red for a week or so afterwards.

For most scars, a course of 3 treatments will normally be required.

Injection of Dermal Filler

This technique can be surprisingly effective at reducing the appearance of depressed scars. It does not take out the scar itself, but reducing the indentation behind the scar can have a significant impact in reducing the visibility of scarring.

Using dermal fillers for a scar revision treatment involves injecting filler under the skin in the cheeks, chin, nose and the area around the mouth.

After the treatment, most scars will have a reduced appearance and start to look better within weeks.


This is an old fashioned method using a rotating wire brush. Due to the lack of control with this technique, the results can be unpredictable. There are few doctors who still practice this technique since the advent of laser technology.

Treatments are used to remove the outer layers of skin, allowing new skin a chance to come to the surface. It is a treatment that is often preferred by those who have acne scars and sun damage.

Although it is true that you will need a few sessions to see the results of your treatment, this is one of the non-surgical procedures that promise a more youthful appearance.

Surgical Treatments for Depressed Scars:

Surgical Excision and Scar Revision

This is the traditional method of scar revision. It essentially involves injecting a local anaesthetic, cutting the scar out and re-stitching it neatly. It is considered minor skin surgery. As one of the top aesthetic clinics in Glasgow, we will help find a solution that will leave you comfortable in your skin again.

Post Surgery

After your scar removal procedure, your skin will be a bit swollen. The puffiness and swollen skin will start to subside after a few hours but you will only start to see real results about a week after your scar removal surgery.

The recovery time varies from patient to patient and depends on the scars you want to be removed, but recovery is typically not very long for this minor plastic surgery treatment. Over time, the neat stitching will result in a better scar than was present previously.

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What to Expect During the Treatment

Before your Consultation

There are a few things that are good to think about before considering scar revision.

What kind of results are you hoping for? Does the scar tissue impact your daily life? Are you aware of the various, non-invasive and invasive, options that are available for scar removal? Is your self-confidence impacted by the permanent scarring?

These are all questions to keep in mind when booking a consultation.

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During the Consultation

During the consultation, we will discuss the different scar removal options with you.

The best treatment for you will depend on the type of scar and your procedure preferences. You may need to have some very minor surgery done to get the full extent of your scar removed, but the ultimate decision on how to treat your scars will be left up to you.

Post Treatment & Aftercare

Your surgeon will have a specific treatment plan drawn up for you and will go through all the dos and don’ts regarding your scars after the surgical procedure. Laser treatment for scars may take several sessions to see the results, but you will certainly notice a difference and begin to gain back your body confidence.


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