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Scar Removal

Scar removalMost people have scars they probably wish they didn’t have and depending on where they are they can have a dramatic effect on your appearance.

Scars can be caused by many different things and the most common reasons are as follows:

  • From an injury to the skin: If we get a big enough cut it is likely to scar as part of the natural healing process.
  • Acne: People who suffer from bad acne often develop ugly scars.
  • Tattoo removal: People who have had tattoo removal can often be left with scars.
  • Skin grafts: This is often used during surgery.
  • Fire damage: Anyone involved in any sort of fire accident is likely to have scarring.

There are various different treatments for scars and often a combination of techniques is used to get the best possible results. Scar removal techniques are unlikely to remove the scar completely but typically a 50 – 60% improvement in appearance is achievable.

Scar Removal Methods:

  • Laser scar removal: This is a recent development in scar removal and involves the use of a laser. The laser is normally applied for around 30 minutes and 4 treatment sessions are generally required. For more information on this treatment you can read the following guide: Laser scar removal explained
  • Microdermabrasion: This is basically an intense exfoliation which is often used in conjunction with either laser or IPL treatments. Microdermabrasion helps encourage the production of collagen and elastin which helps the skin heal.
  • IPL Scar removal: IPL stands for intense pulsed light and can help treat scars that have pigmented blemishes.

Scar removal is not an exact science and not everyone responds well to treatment. You will need to have a consultation to see if you are suitable for the procedure and also to discuss how likely you are to respond to treatment. To get the best scar removal results you will often have to have a range of different skin treatments.

How Much Does Scar Removal Cost?

There are many factors which affect the cost of scar removal and they are as follows:

  • Size of scar: Bigger scars will naturally cost more to remove than smaller ones and this is something that will be discussed with you during a consultation.
  • Technique used: Depending on the technique used the cost of scar removal will vary.
  • Depth of scar: Deeper scars will cost more to remove than shallower scars and the results may not be as good.
  • Practitioner: Medically trained practitioners will charge more for scar removal than ones that are not.
  • Location: Clinics in affluent areas and bigger cities are likely to charge more for the treatment.

Typical Scar Removal Cost:

  • Laser scar removal: The cost will vary depending on the size and type of the scar but you can expect to pay around £200 per session. It is possible that you may need around 4 or 5 repeat treatments depending on your particular scar so you will need to factor this into the cost. You can read more on the cost at the following link: Laser scar removal cost guide
  • IPL scar removal: The cost of IPL scar removal is similar to laser scar removal with each treatment costing around £200. The amount of repeat treatments required will be assessed by your practitioner during a consultation but it may be as many as 5.
  • Microdermabrasion: Microdermabrasion is the cheapest of the 3 procedures and you can expect to pay around £60 per session. Microdermabrasion is however unlikely to give as good results as the other 2 procedures and it is generally only considered for small superficial scars. Read the following guide for information on cost: What does microdermabrasion cost?
  • Combination: Sometimes practitioners may use a combination of a few different treatments to achieve the best results and this is likely to increase the price. Microdermabrasion is often combined with either laser scar removal or IPL scar removal and chemical peels are also often considered.

In summary it is extremely difficult to give an accurate price for scar removal as it is very much dependent on the size and type of your scar. You need to have a consultation (which is generally free) so your practitioner can assess your scar and advise you on the best possible treatment programme. Only then can an accurate price be given.

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