The Mental Health Benefits of Treating Your Self-Harm Scars

Posted on 15 Mar, 2019

Self-harm scars can be a physical manifestation of a mental health issue – most commonly depression – so it makes sense that by treating the physical evidence, you can improve the mental scar that they leave behind of a difficult time in your life.

Of course, treating your self-harm scars won’t deal with the original issue but they can free you from living with your scars or feeling self-conscious about them, especially in the warmer months of the year when they are more likely to be on show.

Despite what a quick internet search will tell you, self-harm scars are neither impossible to remove nor are they easily treated with home remedies. Instead, these scars fall somewhere in the middle of those two misconceptions. They can be treated but not with home remedied or over the counter products.

The best way to minimise their appearance, and therefore their impact on your mental wellbeing, is by turning to professionals, like our team of skin experts at our Harley Street clinic.

Professional Medical Treatments for Self-Harm Scars

While scar revision surgery is often recommended to patients, there are far less drastic professional treatments that can be used to treat self-harm scars. Which treatment – or combination of treatments – is right for you will depend on the type of self-harm scars you have.

Medical grade dermabrasion, for example, will work well on lighter scars but needs to be combined with other procedures in order to treat hypertrophic self-harm scars and keloids.

While medical grade dermabrasion is one of the scar removal options that we offer here at The Laser Treatment Clinic, we believe in using a multi-faceted approach to deliver the best possible results for our patients.

Our full range of scar removal treatments includes the Marine Peel Treatment, the Derma White Treatment, Collagen Induction Therapy, and Medical Grade Dermabrasion Treatment. Each of these treatments has been designed to target scars differently, tackling discolouration, textural issues, and hyperpigmentation.

To achieve the best results, following a detailed discussion and examination, our skin experts will discuss your goals and create a unique treatment plan designed to be specific, realistic and tailored to your needs. Book a free consultation today to start your self-harm scar removal journey and lift the mental weight that comes with living with these painful physical reminders.