Do you wonder where to start when it comes to treating your acne scars and/or active acne?
This is a totally normal feeling that many of our clients mention they experienced before they had treatment at our skin clinic.
What they found was a skin consultation put them on the right track; for example, they find out that if they still had lots of active acne we would seek to get control over it before we address any scarring they may have left behind.
Here are our three Tips for Finding the best laser treatment:
Finding a skin clinic that you feel comfortable and confident in that your needs are going to be met safely and effectively should be simple, but unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. The acne derm UK market is overflowing with skin clinics, some medically led and some not, each promising their own solution to skin concerns. So, to give you the best answer to the question, ‘How do I find a laser treatment for acne scars near me?’ I’ll start with some basic requirements you should look for in a skin clinic offering acne and acne scarring treatments.
The first thing you should know is that the NHS will not offer treatment for acne scars, you will need to seek help for this privately. Additionally, if you’re asking yourself: ‘where can I find acne laser treatment near me?’ you will also need to seek a private clinic. Acne can be treated under the NHS; however, treatment is limited to topical creams and systemic treatment such as the contraceptive pill or antibiotics. Laser treatment is not something the NHS offer for acne.
Ok, so we know that you will need to go private if you want laser treatment. This might be a little scary, the world of medical aesthetics is vast and, unfortunately, not regulated. There are however places you can look to ensure that the skin clinic you go to is a safe environment with qualified and fully trained practitioners (who are who they say they are) who use safe and well-maintained treatment equipment:
If you are having acne treated, your care provider MUST be CQC registered as acne is classed as a skin disease.
Unfortunately, the acne derm UK market does have practitioners and clinics who are not CQC registered to offer acne treatments, but you can quickly go online a see if they are on the register.
This is a government-approved register for aesthetic clinics.
Both Save Face and the CQC put their clinics and practitioners through rigorous and ongoing processes to ensure that they have your well-being and safety guiding everything they do.
Next, I would check what treatments the clinic offers. My suggestion would be to seek somewhere that has more than one type of laser treatment.
1. Acne scars come in all different shapes and sizes and often need more than one type of treatment to address the different categories of scars. For example, a macular acne scar may require a different treatment approach to a rolling scar. One person can have a number of different types of acne scars at one time.
2. You want your treatment to be tailored to your needs, right? You don’t want to be in a situation when they try to put a round peg (metaphorically, you) into a square hole (metaphorically, the single type of laser treatment they have at their clinic).
If the skin clinic you’ve got your eye on is ticking all of the above boxes, why not check out their Google reviews. I think we all know that no matter what business you look at online you may see a negative review here and there; this can be for various reasons- sometimes people *cough* competitors *cough* leave fake reviews, but we’re usually savvy enough to see through these. If there are any negative reviews, look at how the company have responded to them because this can be as telling as the review itself.
Overall, you’re looking for a solid base of reviews that, as far as you can tell, have not been left because they’ve been incentivised to do so or left by the practitioner’s mum.
Jane Lewis, MD of The Skin to Love Clinic suggests: “Once you’ve done your research on your clinic, or clinics, which is a really important part of this process, go along for a consultation. This is going to give you the best understanding as to how good a fit the skin clinic is for you.”
Has this given you some direction on how to start your research journey?
If you would like to get the ball rolling and would like a consultation with one of our medical practitioners at our CQC registered and Save Face accredited Hertfordshire skin clinic, please contact us.
Disclaimer: This blog is not to be used for diagnostic purposes. We are all unique which means that our results, recovery and suitability for any type of treatment will vary. Always seek the advice of a professional should you have any health or cosmetic concerns or to discuss treatments specifically for you.
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