£175 I Consultation
Acne is a common inflammatory skin disorder, and the majority of people with mild Acne will receive effective treatment from their GP. However, Acne is a complex skin condition which can be resistant to treatment. It can cause severe pyschological distress, and can also result in permanent scarring if treatment is delayed or inadequate.
A private consultation with a Consultant Dermatologist is useful to explore and discuss the full range of products that can be used in the treatment of Acne. The more common treatments include Topical Therapies, Hormonal Treatments and Oral Antibiotics. Most people with Acne will respond to one or more of these treatments, but it is often a case of finding which combination of treatments works best for each person. A private consultation with a Dermatologist means that there is time to discuss all the possible treatment options, to decide which is best for that person, taking into consideration their different lifestyles. However, it is important to remember that Acne is a chronic, ongoing inflammatory skin condition and that there is no "quick fix". It can take several months and several consultations before Acne finally settles down.
As Specialists in skin disease, Dermatologists are also able to prescribe Isotretinoin and Spironolactone. These specialist treatments are used for the treatment of more severe forms of Acne that have not responded to standard therapies, such as Nodulocystic Acne, or for the treatment of Hormonal Acne - a type of Acne which affects females in their 20s and upwards with spots and cysts mainly around the chin and jaw-line. These treatments are considered "second-line" therapies as they require closer monitoring for side-effects and can only be prescribed by experienced Skin Specialists.
Dr Anne Ward has more than 30 years' experience in treating people with Acne, and is able to offer individualised treatment plans to help settle Acne as quickly as possible. She is an expert in the management of Hormonal Acne, Adult Female Acne, severe Nodulocystic Acne and milder forms of Acne that are resistant to standard treatment. A consultation will help decide if the problem is Acne, or if it could be a similar looking skin condition such as Rosacea, Peri-Oral Dermatitis, Folliculitis, Fungal Acne or Maskne which need different forms of treatments.
Treatments available for Acne at Lichfield Face Clinic include:
£175 I Consultation
The cost of a Procedure is in addition to the Consultation Fee
Acne Scarring can be disfiguring, and it is difficult to improve the appearance of the skin once it has scarred. The first step is to stop inflammation quickly to prevent any further scarring. This can be achieved with a number of medications including Isotretinoin which can only be prescribed by a Skin Specialist.
Although there are a number of treatments for Acne Scarring, it is important to realise that no treatment will completely remove the scarring once it has developed. The aim of all Acne Scar treatments is to improve the appearance of the skin so that the scarring is less noticeable or can be covered up more easily. Often treatments need to be combined, and continued for a prolonged period of time before a result is seen.
Acne Scars can be divided in to Hypertrophic (thickened) or Atrophic (loss of skin substance) scars.
Keloid Scars are raised, hard, red lumps on the skin. They most often develop across the shoulders, back and upper chest area. These can be improved and reduced in size with Corticosteroid (Cortisone) Injections, Cryotherapy or Laser.
Atrophic Scars often develop on the face and include rolling scars, boxcar scars and ice-pick scars. In addition to loss of the skin substance, these types of scars usually have fibrous strands tethering the scars to the deeper structures of the skin, creating the dip in the skin. Sometimes, the superficial part of the scar may be improved by the Dermaroller, LED Red Light Therapy, Dermal Fillers or Profhilo on its own, but this depends on the type of scar and where it is on the face. To obtain the best results, rolling scars and boxcar scars often need Subcision to release the scar tissue first, before deciding whether any of the other treatments would be helpful. Small areas of Atrophic Scarring can be treated with a Nokor needle or a Cannula to release the fibrous strands. Ice-pick scars are usually so tethered that they need to removed surgically.
Sometimes Acne seems to cause a general "weakness" of the skin which becomes more noticeable as people get older, as their skin ages and becomes less firm. This often affects the chin, in both men and women. This causes dimpling and crinkling of the chin when talking or eating. Dermal Fillers can help to smooth the skin, making the scarring less noticeable. This type of scarring seems to be different to the usual Atrophic Scars (rolling, boxcar).
The Consultation Fee for Acne Scarring is £175, and includes an assessment of your skin and a discussion as to which treatments may help improve the appearance of the scars. Treatments available at Lichfield Face Clinic for Acne Scarring include:
LED Red Light Therapy
Corticosteroid (Cortisone) Injections for Keloid Scars
The cost of these procedures are in addition to the Consultation Fee.
Dermal Filler: Before and After Photographs of an older female showing an improvement in chin dimpling / general "weakness" of the skin because of Acne years ago. Wrinkles were not treated!