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How to get rid of scars

Nikki Butler

Nikki Butler

Nikki Butler Skin Specialist

How to get rid of scars

Have you googled ‘how to get rid of scars?’. Me too – so many times, before I became a Skin Specialist & Medical Tattooist! 

Do you have scars that affect your confidence, that you’d really like to improve the look of? Are you longing to just be able to get on with your life, without worrying about people staring at your scars, or dodging the ‘how did you do that?’ questions?  I hear you, I’ve been there! After a childhood accident leaving me with 22 stitches worth of scarring on my forehead, and 6 knee operations, leaving me with my ‘shark attack’ scar, I really can empathise. 

So you’ll be over the moon to know that you CAN improve the look for your scars.  It’s about ‘improving, not removing’, as it’s impossible to fully remove a scar.  You can make a huge difference with treatment though. 

Why do we have scars?

Scars are perfectly natural, and nearly all of us have them! Scars form when the deeper layers of your skin are damaged (the dermis), as a result of an injury. Your body forms new collagen fibres during the wound healing process, and this collagen differs from the collagen that is found in healthy skin. I refer to it as ‘faulty collagen’, that forms as a result of rapid wound healing.

When your skin is damaged, your body goes into a ‘rapid response’ mode. Your body is super clever and knows exactly what to do. It’s on a fast track to ‘heal and seal’ the wound, fighting infection and repairing your tissue. When you’re injured, your body goes into a kind of shock response, and focuses on repairing and healing the wound, but the quality and structure of new collagen is different. 

You are left with scarring after your body has finished repairing, it’s job to ‘heal and seal’ is complete.  You may be left with raised, sunken, loose, tight, and even have some discolouration and pigmentation around your scar site. Everyone is different, but scars typically take 6-12 months to heal, with some up to 2 years.

How to get rid of scars with RF Microneedling.

When we’re talking about how to get rid of your scars, we are actually looking at improving them, not removing them – as full removal isn’t possible.  You can get incredible results with treatment though.

RF Microneedling is quickly becoming the ‘go to’ treatment for scar removal treatments. It’s really versatile and can be used to treat most scars on the face and body.  I’ve long been a fan of microneedling as a treatments for how to get rid of scars, but the additional of RF (radiofrequency) takes microneedling treatments to a whole new level!

RF Microneedling enables your skin to be treated at specific depths required to break down your old scar tissue, and stimulate fresh collagen, elastin and melanin (responsible for skin tone). There’s minimal downtime and discomfort with these treatments, so win, win!

Nikki Butler Skin Clinic treatment room

How to get rid of scars with fractional laser treatments

Let’s look at how you can get rid of your scars with fractional laser.  Fractional laser is a popular choice for scarring and stretch marks.  It is amazing at resurfacing your skin and ‘pulling out’ sunken and pitted scarring. 

I find fractional laser can be really beneficial after a course of microneedling, to really help resurface and smooth the skin. Personally, I find this a fantastic combination of treatments for scar removal, although there are time when I’ll use fractional laser alone (it’s also an amazing anti aging treatment too!). 

My Lynton 3Juve skin rejuvenation system offers you Medical CE grade laser technology that is driven my science, clinically proven and has the highest safety standards possible. It’s no wonder our own NHS choose Lynton Aesthetics as their supplier!

Book your complimentary consultation to find out how I can help you.

lady having IPL scar treatment

How to get rid of scars with IPL treatments

IPL is a great treatment for treating scars with discolouration. So if you’d like to know how to get rid of scars that have redness or mild pigmentation to them, then IPL is your answer. 

IPL (intense pulsed light) targets areas of discoloration within the skin, whether that’s vascular (red) lesions, or areas with more melanin, that tend to be darker in colour. IPL also stimulates collagen and elastin production in your skin, making it a good choice for mild scarring. 

Often IPL is used in conjunction with microneedling or fractional laser treatments, as part of your bespoke scar improvement program. 

lady with chemical peel on her face

How to get rid of scars with chemical peels

If you’ve never considered chemical peels when thinking about how to get rid of scars, then think again!

There are some amazing skin peels on the market today, that are perfect for low level acne scarring, or addressing discolouration in scarring, such as pigmentation. Chemical skin peels are also a great option for deeper skin tones, where treatments such as IPL may not be suitable. Peels can help stimulate fresh new skin cell turnover, promote healthy skin tissue and generally improve the appearance of mild scarring.

Skin peels aren’t suitable for deeper scars, but can be used alongside a treatment program that includes one or more of the other scar removal methods we’ve looked at. 

Your treatment program is bespoke for your needs, so we will go through the best options for you at your consultaiton, to ensure that you get results you’ll love. 

Are you ready to take the next steps to improve your scars and regain your confidence?

I hope that you have found my blog on ‘how to get rid of scars’ helpful. I hope that it’s reassuring to know that there are many treatments available that can help you.

There isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ approach to how I treat you. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and is entirely unique to you, so it’s important that we make sure your treatment program is designed to give you the best possible results.  

 Scar improvement is an area of specialism for me, and I have experienced in treating many different types of scarring, ranging from acne scarring to serious burns and graft tissue.  I look forward to welcoming you to my my clinic in Alton,  Hampshire. I am right on the Hampshire / Surrey border and at the end of a direct train line from London Waterloo.  Please book a consultation and discover how I can help you. Kindest, Nikki 

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