Acne Scarring

Acne Scarring

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Treatment Options

There are various treatments available for acne scarring, which are dependent on the severity of the scarring and your suitability for treatment. Your treatment programme could entail a combination approach to help you achieve the best results. Your practitioner may also recommend additional products that will optimise your results and encourage fibroblast activity to repair the scars and improve overall skin texture.

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Potenza RF Microneedling

The 4-mode microneedling system will benefit those that suffer from any form of acne scarring. The treatment uses nine different tips and single-needled handpieces to deliver shallow and deep treatments to precisely texturally improve the skin and stimulate the skin’s natural healing process overall.

Potenza can treat and improve all types of acne scarring that have been both persistent and stubborn on the skin and body. As the treatment triggers collagen and elastin production, this process helps smooth and improve texture, even skin and repair scars. The needle technology requires minimal downtime and in a fraction of the time, meaning this is the latest treatment for skin rejuvenation that can be done all year round.

The treatment will start with a thorough consultation where you will discuss the treatment, goals and expected results with our expert practitioners. We will then assess your skin and devise a suitable and bespoke acne programme utilising our Potenza treatment.

During the treatment, expect ultrafine needles to pass over the face or body with radiofrequency energy to trigger new collagen and elastin. The specialised ‘Tiger Tip’ technology comes at two different depths of treatment in one pass, reducing discomfort and treating more tissue simultaneously. Potenza also has a patented ‘cushion plus’ technology where collagen stimulators can be delivered with precise depth to release RF energy and help remodel scars and stimulate collagen overall.

This treatment is suitable for all skin types but works exceptionally well on those who suffer from acne, acne scarring, and texture concerns due to the skin condition.

Typically results can be seen immediately after, but the building of collagen and elastin can be expected to be seen anywhere between 4-6 weeks after treatment, with results lasting up to 18 weeks.

The microneedling tip is placed on the epidermis. The microneedles then penetrate the tissue at different depths for optimal results. They simultaneously use radiofrequency energy to be directly applied to the targeted area. As a result, collagen and elastin production begins post-treatment, with results seen even weeks after.

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iPixel is a fractional ablative laser that targets acne scars by inducing controlled microthermal damage. The surrounding areas replace the treated tissue and promote collagen growth to plump scars and improve skin texture.

This treatment is suitable for textural scarring or uneven skin texture. However, iPixel isn’t suitable for darker skin types as it can cause further hyperpigmentation. For those with darker skin types, your practitioner may recommend alternative treatment methods to improve your acne scarring.

Your consultation will determine your suitability for treatment.

The nurse will apply a numbing cream to minimise discomfort during treatment. We will configure the depth depending on the area and concern, and the device will make a few passes over your skin, delivering bursts of energy.

After the iPixel treatment, you may notice square formations with tiny pinprick dots on the skin. The nurse will apply a topical serum to minimise these marks.

The fractional ablative laser treatment delivers precise beams of energy in a pixel-size formation to target specific cells. The surrounding cells remain intact, which speeds up healing. The heat from the energy destroys the injured or damaged cells and stimulates collagen production to remodel and fill in the area with new healthy cells.

Most patients require 4-8 sessions. One session every 4-6 weeks depending on the severity of the skin concern.

Numbing cream is applied for 20 minutes, followed by the treatment, which takes approximately 30 minutes.

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Dermapen & PRP

At 111 Harley St., we often combine both Dermapen and PRP together to treat acne scarring due to their healing properties and ability to improve a multitude of acne scars and all skin types by improving overall skin tone and texture.

Microneedling uses a small hand-held device with varying needle depths ranging from 0.5mm and 3mm that create a minor trauma to the dermal layers. The process breaks down stubborn scar tissue and triggers the formation of new collagen, making it suitable for many types of acne scarring.

Additionally, platelet-rich plasma therapy improves the appearance of acne scars through by retaining the patient’s platelet-rich fibrin matrix. When your nurse re-injects this back into the skin, it encourages wound healing and promotes the growth of new collagen.

The Dermapen treatment usually begins with the application of a topical numbing cream. Using a hand-held pen-like device, the nurse will then make several passes over the entire face.

The collagen inducing Dermapen creates virtually invisible micro-injuries in the skin that ignite the body’s healing and regenerative processes. This influx of collagen and elastin and release of growth factors results in an improvement of overall skin smoothness, suppleness, and strength.

Additionally, the micro-channels allow for optimal absorption of active ingredients to enhance their results and increase their efficiency.

Immediately after the treatment, you may notice tiny pinpricks of blood. The nurse will usually pat the face down after which point; the skin will no longer draw blood.

Your skin may be red for up to 24 hours and will gradually resolve throughout the following week. It may also feel a little rough, warm and dry for the first couple of days after your treatment and may begin to flake.

We recommend 4-6 treatment sessions. Every four weeks.

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Lightfinity Express Facial

This gentle facial is most suitable for mild scarring that may be hypertrophic. The acne scarring may be visible without makeup but ais concealable.

The low-light therapy can improve tissue oxygenation and encourage healing. With red, blue and near-infrared wavelengths, the facial can reduce inflammation and decrease the redness associated with acne scarring. Its ability to restore and optimise skin cell functions with no downtime makes it suitable for all skin types, and we encourage the facial as part of any skin maintenance programme.

  • Acne scarring and other types of wounds
  • Dry and dull skin
  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Rough texture
  • Inflammation and skin conditions like psoriasis and dermatitis
  • Hyperpigmentation and age spots
  • Sun damage
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Acne
  • Stimulates collagen production to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Combats dullness
  • Increases hydration
  • Improves hyperpigmentation, age spots and sun damage
  • Reduces inflammation and symptoms of inflammatory skin conditions
  • Improves tone and texture of the skin
  • Improves acne scarring and accelerates wound healing
  • Boosts skin health
  • Eases muscle and joint pains and spasms
  • Reduces bacteria associated with acne

Celluma LED light therapy works to calm redness and inflammation by triggering the body’s natural repair mechanisms. The treatment promotes overall skin health by improving circulation and boosts your skincare regime by allowing greater absorption of skincare ingredients.

Phototherapy can alter biological activity to encourage skin cells to improve their performance and efficiency- this process can promote the body’s healing mechanisms to speed up tissue repair and fortify the skin’s epidermal barrier. In turn, this can improve inflammatory skin conditions (and their symptoms) like psoriasis and dermatitis.

LED light therapy can also kill acne bacteria to help reduce acne, while fibroblast activity synthesises collagen production to improve acne scars (and other wounds) and skin texture.

Approximately 1 hour.

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Dermal Filler

Dermal Fillers

In some circumstances, we can use dermal fillers to fill and plump certain types of scarring. We may combine this approach with laser treatment to treat more severe scars.

While the laser treatments can restructure and break down tight internal structures that are depressing the skin, dermal fillers can fill the depression with hyaluronic acid to create a uniform and smoother skin surface.

Approximately 15-30 minutes, depending on the number of areas. Numbing cream will require an additional 20 minutes to apply before treatment.

You may experience redness, bruising and swelling following your treatment which should subside within 1-3 days.

Filler dissolves naturally over time. Your aesthetician will discuss the associated risks and side effects with you during your consultation.

Other side effects and risks include:

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Firmness, lumps and bumps – lumps and bumps can often be massaged out and will settle within a week or two of treatment. For massaging instructions, you should consult your aesthetician. If the bumps remain, you may desire to have the bump dissolved.
  • Itching
  • Dryness – relatively common after lip fillers.
  • Tyndall effect causes a blue tinge that is visible through the skin and can occur as a complication of tear trough fillers. This effect is more likely to present itself if the patient has particularly thin skin, or if the filler is placed too superficially under the skin.
  • Blindness- It’s more likely to occur when injected into areas like the nose.
  • Tissue death – More likely to in injectable areas like the naso lines or nose.
  • Scarring
  • Scabbing
  • Infection

Dermal fillers are non-permanent with results lasting between 4-9 months depending on your metabolism and the type of filler. Lip fillers tend to break down slightly faster, lasting between 3-6 months. Some filler types offer more permanency, lasting up to a year. Longevity varies from patient to patient.

You may experience swelling and bruising around the injection site which should subside with a week.

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Chemical Skin Peels

Chemical Skin Peels

A chemical skin peel varies in strengths, depths, and ingredients to help fight acne scarring, and to stimulate collagen and elastin production, promoting the growth of new cells.

Some ingredients within the peels will also remove excess oil from the skin and kill acne-creating bacteria, making it suitable for ongoing acne management.

We offer several types of skin peels at 111 Harley St. that are suitable for post-inflammatory pigmentation, or superficial acne scars.

The treatment begins with a consultation where your practitioner will assess your skin to decipher your skin conditions and the best course of treatment.

Certain peels like Cosmelan or Enerpeel may require skin preparation with the use of at-home products in the lead up to your appointment. Your practitioner will prescribe a list of recommended products that will be suitable for you or provide you with the appropriate preparation kit.

If we’re treating you with a Cosmelan peel, we’ll require you to use a prepping de-pigmentation kit before your initial treatment to prepare your skin for the peel.

During your treatment, your practitioner will double cleanse and prepare the skin by applying a barrier cream around sensitive areas and remove all sebum to aid penetration of the acids.

Following this, we will apply the peel of choice and leave it on for a few minutes before neutralising or removing the peel. A neutraliser will prevent the acid from working on the skin, whereas a removal wipe will leave the acid active on the skin to continue improving the complexion following treatment.

Chemical skin peels are suitable for anyone who is looking for overall skin rejuvenation and an improvement in skin tone and texture. Or, those who have:

  • Acne
  • Acne scars
  • Pigmentation and sun-spots
  • Mild actinic keratosis
  • Moderate wrinkles or fine lines
  • Rosacea
  • Large or open pores
  • Crepey skin

The duration of the treatment will depend on your custom needs. Some peels may be left on for longer, depending on your needs and tolerance to treatment. Typically, it’ll take around 30 minutes.

Chemical skin peels vary in strength and substance and are either superficial, medium or deep depending on your skin concerns and skin type.

The acids and other active compounds react with the skin and dissolve the outermost layers of the skin to reveal a fresher, clearer and brighter complexion. Chemical skin peels also promote collagen and elastin growth that will encourage the growth of healthier skin.

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Mesotherapy is a rejuvenating injectable treatment that is suitable for those who suffer from acne scars but also may not be suitable for laser treatments. The blend of skin-enhancing ingredients can improve post-inflammatory pigmentation and enhance collagen levels to help repair pitted scars.

Mesotherapy is an injectable treatment that delivers a custom combination of skin-enhancing ingredients to your complexion.

During your consultation, we will discuss your skin concerns to determine which formulation the nurse will administer through your Mesotherapy treatment. It will usually contain a blend of hyaluronic acid, vitamins and amino acids.

Before your treatment, we may apply a topical numbing cream to your skin.

Through a series of fine injections, a bespoke blend of peptides, growth factors and antioxidants are delivered into the mesoderm (the middle layer of the skin) from between 1-4mm beneath your skin to improve skin quality and function.

This treatment takes approximately 30 minutes – 1 hour.

The skin’s barrier function plays a vital role in protecting your skin from environmental aggressors such as pollutants, UV damage and irritants. When working optimally, your skin counteracts the harmful free radical damage that scavenges your healthy skin cells. However, with natural ageing, sun damage and other external forces, your skin cell barrier function weakens.

Lipids made up of cholesterol, ceramides, and fatty acid form the barrier to prevent microrganisms and irritants entering the skin and protect it from Transepidermal water loss. When the skin barrier is weak, the skin can become dry, irritated and inflamed.

Mesotherapy is one way to encourage the restoration of your skin cell barrier function and restore your natural moisturising factors, to help bring your skin back to optimal health.

With over 60 different ingredient combinations, we can adapt the Mesotherapy to your skin’s needs. With an efficient transportation system and a surge in skin-loving ingredients, skin cell function improves, and the skin repair barrier becomes more resilient to environmental aggressors and other ageing factors.

Generally, a patient will need around ten sessions to see optimal results. The number of treatments required will vary from patient to patient, depending on the patient’s skin concerns.

These sessions are usually weekly for the first month, every two weeks over the second month, and sporadically from then onwards depending on how your skin responds to treatment.

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Request a Consultation

To request a general consultation regarding acne scarring with one of our practitioners or injectable nurses please complete this form. Please note these appointments carry a booking deposit fee of £50.

Alternatively Call Us On 0344 692 1111

Our Patient Advisors are contactable via phone Monday to Friday from the hours of 10:00 – 18:00

    111 Harley St.

    111 Harley St. are rated an average of 5 out of 5 based on 1147 reviews

    Potenza has worked great for me, I have purchased a second course as it has done more than just work on my scars from acne it’s toned and lifted my skin- especially around lower face 🙂


    Rachael has really help my skin over the years with acne and the marks it has on and off left behind. I highly recommend this clinic for their skills and advance machines. I have been to more local clinics/salons and never received the same level of aftercare and thought with treatments for my face.


    I am incredibly happy with the results from my first Potenza treatment with Rachael last month. My acne scars have already lightened in such a short space of time. Thank you


    I am thrilled with my results after 6/7 Potenza for my acne scarring! I have tried many things with no success. 111 HARLEY ST. GIVE THE BEST ADVICE. Rachael preformed all of my treatments and done all with great care. Thank you.

    Patrick Mc

    Potenza helped tremendously with my acne scars! Violeta is amazing at providing the treatment!

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