• Introduction

    Acne Scarring

Dr Hussein is recognised as a national authority in the management of acne scarring. He teaches and lectures regularly in the subject. He specialises in the use of a technique called laser resurfacing for improvement of acne scarring. Both fractional and fully ablative laser resurfacing are used in conjunction with the methods below to obtain the best possible improvements in acne scarring. This laser resurfacing is performed with surgical grade CO2 and Erbium YAG lasers. Most clinics use low power CO2 and non-ablative lasers. These devices do not have the same capability as the lasers that Dr Hussein uses in his practice.

Dr Hussein’s pursuit of excellence and commitment to state-of-the-art in cosmetic dermatology and laser surgery leads him to invest in only the best laser equipment to get the job done. The best equipment combined with his specialist knowledge in cutaneous laser surgery make him one of the UKs leading doctors in acne scar management.

Dr Hussein’s treatments constitute laser skin surgery. They are not aesthetic medical treatments performed by medispas or low level cosmetic medical practices. The treatment will give the highest degree of improvement in acne scarring but needs to be performed in a medically controlled environment under special types of local anaesthetic (potent topical anaesthetic gels or tumescent local anaesthesia). Undergoing this type of treatment usually requires in the region of 10days recovery time. Redness of the skin can continue for several weeks but this can be camouflaged with make-up.

He also uses multiple adjunctive techniques such as:

  • Subcision of acne scars under local/tumescent anaesthesia
  • Punch excision of acne scars
  • TCA CROSS (Chemical Reconstruction of Skin Scars)

There are a myriad of treatments that are available for the treatment of acne scarring but unfortunately most of these are mild low-grade aesthetic/beauty therapy treatments. This section of Dr Hussein’s website is designed to give you specialist advice on the issue of acne scarring and help you to make an informed choice about treatment.

Not all laser is the same

One of the lasers that Dr Hussein uses is a Lumenis Ultrapulse CO2 laser. This is the same surgical CO2 laser used in the burns unit of the Chelsea & Westminister Hospital in London. It is also used in the St Johns Institute of Dermatology in London. There are around 5 of these devices located in NHS in the UK. They cost in the region of £100K. They are powerful precise surgical tools that have sufficient penetration depth and power to treat acne scarring in the most effective way.

Many clinics may advertise the use of CO2 laser but these devices are usually of relatively low power. Examples of these lower power devices are lasers such as Deka Smartxide and Alma Pixel. These machines cost in the region of £20K and can only achieve a much milder result in the treatment of acne scarring.

Whilst they may go some way to helping in the treatment of acne scarring they cannot deliver the type of results that Dr Hussein will achieve.