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Scar Removal

Scars form as a result of the natural healing process of the body in response to a skin cut or perforation. Scars form when the wound healing process is disrupted by too much or too little collagen.
 
Scars can be embarrassing and can take a long time to heal depending upon the size and severity of the wound. Fortunately, new sublative technology can now enable us to remove facial and body scars in a more effective manner with great results. In some cases it is possible to completely heal the scar with little or no trace.

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The more common types of scars are:

Superficial Scars: These scars result from cuts, bruises and minor injuries or those resulting from acne and surgical incisions. They are noticeable as unevenness in the skin surface but do not cause discomfort.
 
Hypertropic scars: They occur when the wound heals to become raised, red and itchy but settle after some time to become flat. Their colour can be either dark (hyperpigmented) or light (hypopigmented). Hypertropic scars commonly occur after injuries involving the deep dermis.
 
Keloids: Keloids are firm, raised and reddish-purple scars that usually develop after healing of a skin injury. However, they tend to grow beyond the borders of the original wound, do not usually resolve and can be painful or itchy. Areas with increased susceptibility of Keloid formation are chest, shoulders, upper arms, upper back, face, neck, and ears.
 
Contractures: Contractures are scars associated with the permanent tightening of the muscle after, for example, a second or third degree burn. The shortened muscle limits mobility in that area, and if they occur over a bone joint, for example fingers or elbows, they can restrict movement of those limbs.
 
How do we treat Scars?

All scar conditions and skin surfaces may not be treated with one procedure. Each treatment regime is custom tailored for individual patients and depends upon the type, size and depth of the original wound. Your dermatologist at Binsina Laser Clinic can advise you the best treatment or combination of treatments suited to your condition. Since each case is different, this programme can include either one type of treatment procedure or a combination of different procedures and topical applications designed to reduce the impact of scars. In severe cases, a certain degree of permanent scarring cannot be avoided.
 
How do these treatments work?

For deeper scars, the eTwo Sublative is a more effective procedure. Using an ergonomic applicator it delivers bi-polar radio frequency energy via a matrix of electrodes, which cause the healthy skin around the dots to accelerate the healing process. Post treatment, new collagen and healthy skin cells are produced leading to a resurfacing of the scars. This procedure treats most skin types and there is minimal downtime. Some redness or slight swelling of the treated area can be experienced but it is temporary.
 
For even deeper scars, be they related to acne or post-inflammatory scarring, the Portrait® Plasma works by delivering millisecond pulses of nitrogen plasma energy to the skin’s surface via a special hand piece that stimulates and produces new collagen, which form the building blocks for skin regeneration. This is a non-laser, non-surgical procedure suitable for most skin types.

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How long does the treatment take?

An average procedure can take between 30 to 60 minutes, depending upon the procedure. A typical course of therapy includes three – four treatments, usually three weeks apart depending upon the treatment regimen. A second course may be needed in severe cases.
 
Does it hurt?

Tolerance of pain is very individual and varies from person to person. In certain procedures no anaesthetics are required, there is no pain and no downtime. In other procedures, a numbing cream is required and there can be some pain and some downtime, anywhere between five to seven days.
 
When will I see the results?

Results depend upon the age and condition of the skin. Some patients start to see early results after the second treatment. Others may take longer to see improvements. Further improvements continue to be observed for several months after the treatment.
 
How many treatments will I need?

Each treatment regimen is different and varies from case to case depending upon age, skin condition, size and severity of the scar. Most patients can expect between 3 to 4 treatments to see improvement. However, some may require more to achieve the desired results.
 
Are there any side effects?

Generally, there are minimum side effects such as slight redness or mild swelling in the treated area, which is generally temporary. In some cases they can last from five to seven days and the treated area can look red, then turn bronze over the next few days, and eventually peel off revealing healthy and beautiful skin. Patients are advised not to expose the treated area to direct sunlight, very hot water and abrasive cleansers for some time. Use of a god sunblock (SPF30+) is highly recommended. Patients are strongly advised to follow post-care instructions provided by the Clinic to minimize risks and achieve the desired results.
 
How do Binsina’s treatments compare with those of other laser treatments?

Most laser procedures generally treat one or two skin conditions such as red or brown spots, or skin laxity. At Binsina Laser Clinic, we take a comprehensive approach to individually treating all common skin conditions such as age spots, sun damage, enlarged pores, acne and acne scars, pigmentation and melasma, stretch marks, fine lines and coarse wrinkles, thread and leg vein removal, as well as skin laxity. There is a different treatment approach to each skin condition and the best treatment or combination of treatments can be advised by your dermatologist at Binsina Laser Clinic.
 
If you suffer from any of these and other skin conditions and want advice, please call us today at 020 8424 0736 to book a consultation with our dermatologist.

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