Acne Scars

Acne Scarring Treatments



What can help?

Laser skin resurfacing is often helpful for more superficial acne scarring and we use the Sciton ProFractional and Sciton Contour TRL devices, depending on the particular patients scarring pattern. The Contour TRL removes the entire surface of the skin, and we typically do this superficially over the most severely scarred areas. Next, we penetrate much more deeply – to the bottom layers of the skin – using the ProFractional device, which allows us to get deeper than we could go with full field resurfacing. If there are any pigments left over from the acne process – red or brown spots – we may also add some BBL treatment to the protocol. Where scars are deeper, we may also add some filler under the scar to help even the surface. Finally, in the deepest scars – known as Ice Pick scars – we may need to surgically excise the scar using a punch excision.

This is an example of a patient who underwent a single session of laser resurfacing, a course of BBL treatment and two sessions of scar filling.

Non-surgical Solutions: Laser Treatments

An example of a patient treated with a single session of BBL for redness leftover from acne and combination skin resurfacing to improve the texture of skin after acne scarring.

More options

Finding the right treatment, or combination of treatments, is the key to achieving the best improvement for each individual patient. Following laser resurfacing, patients can typically expect around seven days of downtime, although full healing and final results can take a number of months to evolve.

In Action: Treatment of Pigmentation with IPL

Read on for answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions



Topical numbing cream is used prior to most laser treatments, in order to reduce discomfort, and can also help to keep the skin cool. Where we are planning to go particularly deep over scarred areas then we will often add some local anaesthetic injections to improve the patient comfort.


Acne Scars
Acne Scars

Our combination acne treatments enable us to subtly improve the appearance of acne scarring, while promoting the production of new collagen and refining the skin’s texture. However, the result is never perfect – and this must always be taken into account before embarking upon a course of treatment.


Acne Scars

After skin resurfacing, most patients can expect to be out and about again after a week – although this does vary from patient to patient. Sometimes it can take longer for the skin to heal, particularly if you are unlucky enough to develop a complication like an infection after the procedure which requires additional treatment. Most discomfort from the procedure subsides within the first 24 hours, although the redness and swelling typically get worse for the first few days before slowly starting to improve.


After your initial healing period, in around a week or so, you should notice some improvement in your scarring. The results however improve and evolve over a period of months as the collagen matures and your skin continues to heal below the surface. You will also see gradual incremental changes from each of the subsequent procedures in your recommended treatment plan.


Acne Scars
Acne Scars

Acne Scarring Treatments performed by


Dr Nina Singh

Dr Nina Singh

Aesthetic Doctor


Dr Nina Singh is a skilled aesthetic doctor who joined the practice in 2023, after undergoing a year of immersive training in the McKeown Method. She is passionate about good skin at any age and combining techniques to achieve the most natural and effective results for our patients. She also has a specialist interest in treating skin of colour.

Dr Rhona Cameron

Aesthetic Doctor


Dr Rhona Cameron is a skilled injector who has been extensively trained in Dr McKeown’s signature intuitive technique. Her treatments blend advanced facial optimisation with powerful, energy-based devices – such as lasers, BBL and radio frequency – energising the appearance and enhancing skin health.

Acne Scars

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