How to get rid of scars on legs with non surgical treatments
In this blog, I’m going to share my own scar story with you, and the treatments I’ve had to help improve the look of my scarring. It’s been quite the journey, I’ve had a total of 6 operations, starting around 13 years ago, that’s a lot of scars and a lot of pain, let me tell you!
How I got severe scars on my knee
Without boring you with all the detail, my knee issues actually started from a spinal fracture I had when I was 11. It left me with a weakness on the right hand side and me, being me, did ALL the wrong things when it came to sports and activities. I didn’t heed the advice of a wise physio, who told me all the things I ‘couldn’t/shouldn’t’ do – I didn’t want to be told I couldn’t do the sports I loved, so I carried on regardless (what an idiot, I know!).
My first knee injury came in my early 30’s. Minor cartilage damage that needed an arthroscopy, that should have been it. But no, it didn’t stop there. My then surgeon decided I needed a MACI graft (cartilage graft), which I went ahead with. This was a miserable time for me, as I came out of theatre in a full ankle to thigh leg brace, in which I stayed for 6 weeks. That graft failed. After that THIRD procedure with that particular surgeon, he washed his hands of me and flicked me on to another surgeon to sort out the mess he’d made!
The ‘new’ surgeon grew a graft from on own cartilage cells (operation 4 to harvest), then plugged the cartilage and bone hole left from the last surgeon with the lab grown graft (operation 5). That graft over grew and I had part of it removed (operation 6).
The current situation is that the last graft has also failed and I now have another (fabulous) Knee Consultant (Mike Risebury, if anyone needs an awesome knee surgeon). I actually need a partial knee replacement. But that’s got a firm NO from me, so I’ll carry on with the pain, stay strong and fit and focus on treating the scars!
How to get rid of scars on legs with fractional laser
First things first, you can’t actually remove scarring, unfortunately total removal isn’t possible, but you can most definitely improve it! Personally, I love fractional laser – it’s the ultimate in skin resurfacing and really stimulates your skin’s natural healing response in the deeper layers of the skin.
The picture at the top of my blog post is my knee, 4 weeks after my second fractional laser treatment. Such an incredible improvement. At the time of writing, I’m one week after my 3rd treatment and I will go on to do another two after this. Then I’ll wait 3-6 months and see the full impact of my treatments. My treatments have been spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
Fractional laser is an ablative procedure that creates micro burns on the surface of your skin, causing heat trauma deeper in the dermis. This minor, controlled trauma stimulates your skins natural healing response, triggering it to produce fresh collagen and elastin (skin quality/plumpness) and melanin. Melanin is what’s responsible for your natural skin tone, which is why you can see the colour returning to my scarring.
The full result will show 3-6 months after my final treatment, when my body has worked it’s magic to regenerate and repair itself. I am a huge fan of treatments that trigger your skin to naturally regenerate in a safe and controlled way, that’s where you’ll see the best results – by getting your body working for you. Your body is highly intelligent and as soon as you have an injury, everything kicks into play to heal you – magical and fascinating to me!
I can’t leave this section without also telling you that fractional laser is AMAZING as skin rejuvenation too – an incredible antiaging treatment, to help you achieve more youthful and glowing skin – if that’s your ‘thing’ (as 45 years old, it’s definitely mine!). Fractional laser, as an antiaging treatment, works magic on the face, neck décolletage in particular.
How to get rid of scars on legs with microneedling
There will always be a special place in my heart for microneedling collagen stimulation treatment. I’m not talking about the type of microneedling facials that you see (although they are amazing, check out my Plump & Glow Facial for that!), I’m talking about medical microneedling, also know as dry tattooing and dry needling. This is where my love of treating scar tissue, and the fascination of the skins ability to regenerate began.
Prior to fractional laser treatments, I had treated my knee with microneedling and had great results. If you look back on social media you’ll see how brutal was my scarring was before microneedling. It was not pretty. Microneedling can be very effective for scarring and in some cases, is a better option that fractional laser treatment. Every scar is different and therefore the right treatment plan will differ, depending on your skin type, scarring and desired result.
If you do have scarring you’d like to discuss then please get in touch, or book a free consultation. I’d love to be able to help you with your scars, you’ll be amazed at the confidence boost it will give you!
I hope that you have found my blog about how to get rid of scars on legs helpful. Of course, these treatments can be used on scars on the rest of the body and face too.
If you’d like to discuss the treatments I’ve mentioned here, then please get in touch, or you can book a free consultation by clicking on the booking buttons. I look forward to seeing you soon. Nikki