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Scars occur when several layers of the skin are injured. Usually they occur as a result of injury, surgery or acne. The cosmetic problem from scars can occur because they are red, depressed or raised (hypertrophic or keloid scars).

What treatment options are available?
A number of treatments are available depending on the type of scar, including silicone gel or sheets, steroid creams and steroid injections. Deeper scars can be removed by punch excision and rolling scars can be released by subcision. A new technology for treating scars, particularly redness in scars, is the pulse dye laser. This reduces the redness of scars, but also seems to have an effect on softening raised scars. 

Depressed scars, caused by acne, can be helped by prescription strength vitamin A creams, glycolic acid products, chemical peels and dermal fillers such as hyaluronic acid. 

The latest exciting new technology for both depressed and raised scars is fractional technology or Fraxel. Unlike traditional full resurfacing lasers like the CO2 or erbium lasers which did improve scars by taking away the whole surface of the skin but which required 1-2 weeks healing with a high risk of side effects, Fraxel makes microscopically small holes in the skin so effectively only treats 15-30% of the skin at a time (i.e treating only a fraction of the skin surface.) This means that the healing time is much quicker.

Two forms of Fraxel are available. The first is Fraxel Restore (using the erbium glass wavelength). This is nonablative i.e. it does not break the surface of the skin and therefore has a short recovery time but needs more treatment sessions. After treatment the skin may be red and slightly swollen and there is usually slight flaking of the skin a couple of days later, but the skin is not broken so clients are often able to return to work the next day (although some may prefer to have at least one day off work afterwards in case their skin is slightly swollen).

The newest Fraxel laser is the Fraxel Repair which was carbon dioxide or CO2. This micro-ablates the skin i.e it removes microscopic tubules of skin and creates heat in the skin so that as the skin heats it tightens. A few days recovery are needed, but the tiny size of the tubules removed means the skin heals significantly more quickly and safely than the traditional total resurfacing CO2 laser without the need for a general anaesthetic. The healing time following Fraxel Repair (CO2) treatment is a few days rather than weeks. The Fraxel Repair (CO2) is a very effective treatment for scars, wrinkles, sagging and crepe-like skin, stretch marks and abnormal skin texture.

To read more about this exciting new technology click on Fraxel in the main menu or visit

Dr Farrell is the second dermatologist in the UK to have the Fraxel Repair and has trained with some of the earliest experts of this exciting new laser in the USA.

The most appropriate treatment can be chosen according to the individual’s clinical need.

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