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How do Clinical Aesthetician's treat scars?

Clinical aestheticians use various techniques to treat scars, depending on the type, size, and location of the scars. It's important to note that while some treatments can improve the appearance of scars, they may not eliminate them entirely. Here are some common methods used by clinical aestheticians to treat scars:

  1. Topical Treatments:

  • Silicone-based products: These can be in the form of gels, sheets, or bandages. Silicone helps hydrate and flatten scars.

  • Topical steroids: They may be used to reduce inflammation and itching associated with scars (speak to your GP).

  1. Laser Therapy:

  • Laser resurfacing: This procedure uses lasers to remove the outer layer of skin, promoting the growth of new, smoother skin. It's particularly effective for acne scars.

  • Fractional laser therapy: This treatment targets only a fraction of the skin at a time, promoting quicker healing and reducing downtime.

  1. Microdermabrasion:

  • This technique involves using a machine to exfoliate the top layer of skin, which can help improve the texture and appearance of scars.

  1. Chemical Peels:

  • Chemical peels involve the application of a chemical solution to the skin, which exfoliates the outer layer. This can be beneficial for superficial scars.

  1. Microneedling:

  • Microneedling uses a device with tiny needles to create micro-injuries in the skin, stimulating collagen production and improving the appearance of scars.

  1. Dermal Fillers:

  • For certain types of scars, such as depressed scars, dermal fillers may be injected to lift and plump the scar tissue, making it less noticeable (see your Registered Nurse or GP).

  1. Cryotherapy:

  • This involves freezing the scar tissue with liquid nitrogen, which can help reduce the size and redness of scars.

  1. Pressure Garments:

  • Compression garments can be used to apply constant pressure to scars, helping to flatten and soften them.

  1. Surgical Excision:

  • In some cases, particularly for large or deep scars, surgical removal may be considered. This involves cutting out the scar tissue and stitching the wound closed (see your GP).

It's important to consult with a qualified clinical aesthetician or GP before undergoing any scar treatment. The choice of treatment depends on the type of scar, the patient's skin type, and other individual factors. Additionally, some treatments may require multiple sessions for optimal results, and outcomes can vary from person to person.

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