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The Nhs & Scar Treatment... Don't Take No For An Answer

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After YEARS of appointment after appointment I was last night told that I would be recommended for laser treatment for my scars. As long as they stick to their word I will be on the waiting list from January (god knows how long it will take in the UK though)

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How did you manage that?! My dermatologist was adamant that laser treatment for acne scars is not available through the NHS and that I would have to go private which is not really an option seeing as I'm a student.


My Current Treatment Plan

Morning: Lymecycline

Evening: Dianette + Epiduo

Diet: eliminated dairy

My Log:

Acne status: continuing to break out, so demoralising!

"I would rather learn what it feels like to burn than feel nothing at all." ~ Ron Pope


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How did you manage that?! My dermatologist was adamant that laser treatment for acne scars is not available through the NHS and that I would have to go private which is not really an option seeing as I'm a student.

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It was a combination of being lucky and most importantly persistent. I kept going to my GP and insisting on an appointment with the derm. I have had some terrible experiences (story and pics here ) but last night someone finally listened.

The derm before this one was uninterested and basically lied to me. I was shocked last night when he said about laser and asked if it was private and his reply was "no no, we can do it on the NHS"

Where are you based?


My Current Treatment Plan

Morning: Lymecycline

Evening: Dianette + Epiduo

Diet: eliminated dairy

My Log:

Acne status: continuing to break out, so demoralising!

"I would rather learn what it feels like to burn than feel nothing at all." ~ Ron Pope


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It was a combination of being lucky and most importantly persistent. I kept going to my GP and insisting on an appointment with the derm. I have had some terrible experiences (story and pics here ) but last night someone finally listened.

The derm before this one was uninterested and basically lied to me. I was shocked last night when he said about laser and asked if it was private and his reply was "no no, we can do it on the NHS"

Where are you based?

Ah right well I'm pleased for you that somebody finally listened and all that persistence paid off. smile.png

I don't want to sound ungrateful, but unfortunately my derm seems completely indifferent and disinterested in my problems and basically couldn't get me out of the room fast enough at my last appointment. He's spent the last three months refusing to prescribe me isotretinoin because I have depression (even though the acne obviously makes that worse) so now that my skin's finally clearing up a bit after six months of antibiotics I'm noticing quite a few scars developing which is really disheartening. My skin texture, particularly on my forehead, is just horrible. sad.png When I asked him what could be done about them he just said laser treatments were quite effective but that they weren't available on the NHS and I'd have to go private, which seems really unfair considering I'd probably have fewer scars if he'd been willing to prescribe isotretinoin to me in the first place.

I'm based in Exeter at the moment, what about you? The waiting lists for dermatology referrals seem pretty huge everywhere in the UK unfortunately. Hope you get seen relatively soon!

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I'm in Manchester. The waiting list doesn't seem to be too bad here. I went one derm who was hopeless and exactly the same as yours (couldn't get me out quick enough) I complained about him and got a half hearted apology and was told he was 'new'. Great... that really helps patients then. but then went to the GP and insisted I wanted another appointment. This came through pretty quickly and I went to Salford Royal as they're supposed to be the best even if it is far away. I just hope they stick to their word.

Why don't you go back to your GP and ask to be referred elsewhere? It's worked for me

How is your acne now?


My Current Treatment Plan

Morning: Lymecycline

Evening: Dianette + Epiduo

Diet: eliminated dairy

My Log:

Acne status: continuing to break out, so demoralising!

"I would rather learn what it feels like to burn than feel nothing at all." ~ Ron Pope


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They are, on the whole, pathetic is this country.

What they don't realise is, half of the depression is usually down to peoples acne (never suffered from it personally but it must be horrible)

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They are, on the whole, pathetic is this country.

What they don't realise is, half of the depression is usually down to peoples acne (never suffered from it personally but it must be horrible)


My Current Treatment Plan

Morning: Lymecycline

Evening: Dianette + Epiduo

Diet: eliminated dairy

My Log:

Acne status: continuing to break out, so demoralising!

"I would rather learn what it feels like to burn than feel nothing at all." ~ Ron Pope


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They are, on the whole, pathetic is this country.

What they don't realise is, half of the depression is usually down to peoples acne (never suffered from it personally but it must be horrible)

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They are, on the whole, pathetic is this country.

What they don't realise is, half of the depression is usually down to peoples acne (never suffered from it personally but it must be horrible)

wow dude well done for getting laser on the nhs i have a question is the treatment for scarring or lase for acne. If its for scaring any idea in what laser they will be using.

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Well done mate, I'm really pleased for you. The whole system here in the UK is atrocious. Not only does the mere mention of a dermatologist stick you on a 3 month waiting list (conservative estimate), but most of them are unhelpful at best, at worst ignorant to important issues that theoretically (since... I don't know... they're supposedly fully qualified medical professionals in this particular field?!) they should know inside-out and completely understand.

It's no secret that dermatologists are seldom seen as being as important as other specialists in the NHS. It seems that if they're any good, they'd be charging for it.

Anyway, congrats on managing to get this treatment on the NHS. This gives me an idea for when I'm rid of my own red marks.

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Well done mate, I'm really pleased for you. The whole system here in the UK is atrocious. Not only does the mere mention of a dermatologist stick you on a 3 month waiting list (conservative estimate), but most of them are unhelpful at best, at worst ignorant to important issues that theoretically (since... I don't know... they're supposedly fully qualified medical professionals in this particular field?!) they should know inside-out and completely understand.

It's no secret that dermatologists are seldom seen as being as important as other specialists in the NHS. It seems that if they're any good, they'd be charging for it.

Anyway, congrats on managing to get this treatment on the NHS. This gives me an idea for when I'm rid of my own red marks.

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Were you at the Royal Infirmary? my derm is useless from there

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Well done mate, I'm really pleased for you. The whole system here in the UK is atrocious. Not only does the mere mention of a dermatologist stick you on a 3 month waiting list (conservative estimate), but most of them are unhelpful at best, at worst ignorant to important issues that theoretically (since... I don't know... they're supposedly fully qualified medical professionals in this particular field?!) they should know inside-out and completely understand.

It's no secret that dermatologists are seldom seen as being as important as other specialists in the NHS. It seems that if they're any good, they'd be charging for it.

Anyway, congrats on managing to get this treatment on the NHS. This gives me an idea for when I'm rid of my own red marks.

I had no choice but to bend the truth a bit and say it was affecting my life (which is partly true) but not to a point where I can't go out etc. It's the only way people seem to listen

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I said it in my very first post it was for scars and posted a link to my 'story' !!

Were you at the Royal Infirmary? my derm is useless from there

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I'm actually very downhearted about this today.

Yesterday, I received a letter from the hospital which contained a copy of my notes from my consultation.

My major concern is that it is signed by the person I saw but has 'Locum Consultant Dermatologist' underneath his signature. I didn't realise he was a 'Locum' and I'm now worried that when I go back to see him in January it will be someone new and they won't offer the scar treatment or deny that he said I could have it (there's no mention of the actual treatment in the notes) :/

As previously stated, he has said I can go on antibiotics to clear up my minor acne at the moment before any scar treatment (I'm a bit confused as to why he's said I have inflammatory papules as I haven't) but he also wants me to have a blood test first to see why I am flushing so much at the moment before going on them whilst I am on the waiting list of scar treatment (maybe Rosacea?)

He has said in the notes 'I will see him with his results in the new year' but I'm not sure if that means HE will see me or that was just his notes of what he was saying at the time. And it doesn't specifically say to see about scar treatment only about getting some antibiotics. Again, worrying

He's also said that I have 'diffuse scarring on both cheeks' I'm not sure if he means hyper pigmentation or pitted scarring? :/ It was obviously down heartening reading that :(

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Hi determinedtowin. Been reading your post for a while lol feel like a stalker but oh dear :( hope all works out for you and the derm stick to his word. How long did it take for you to be referred to a derm and how long did you have to wait for an appointment? Roughly how many weeks/months? I live in Manchester too so if my current acne medication doesn't work I shall be referred to the derm too.

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Hi determinedtowin. Been reading your post for a while lol feel like a stalker but oh dear sad.png hope all works out for you and the derm stick to his word. How long did it take for you to be referred to a derm and how long did you have to wait for an appointment? Roughly how many weeks/months? I live in Manchester too so if my current acne medication doesn't work I shall be referred to the derm too.

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Well I've still had no appointment through and they have no record of it so I predict me seeing a new derm and him refusing to give me laser treatment. I hope I'm wrong!

More incompetence by the NHS :(

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Here in the states we have to pay for it. I doubt UK is any different..


If you have pitted scarring look into Subcision-Suction as well as microneeding. Check out my success


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Hi determinedtowin. Been reading your post for a while lol feel like a stalker but oh dear sad.png hope all works out for you and the derm stick to his word. How long did it take for you to be referred to a derm and how long did you have to wait for an appointment? Roughly how many weeks/months? I live in Manchester too so if my current acne medication doesn't work I shall be referred to the derm too.

>Hi determinedtowin. Been reading your post for a while lol feel like a stalker but oh dear sad.png hope all works out for you and the derm stick to his word. How long did it take for you to be referred to a derm and how long did you have to wait for an appointment? Roughly how many weeks/months? I live in Manchester too so if my current acne medication doesn't work I shall be referred to the derm too.

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Haha.

I have to ring Salford today to see why my appointment hasn't come through. I was given a number Friday as the appointment centre didn't have a record of it. I'm dreading getting a different derm (which I will as the last one was a locum) and being told they won't do laser!

I think they will give you Roaccutane. Most places I've been offer it without a seconds thought! Hope you get it

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I spoke to Dr. Fitzgeralds secretary today and I am on the waiting list. It's a bit of a pain but the good news is I will be seeing the derm that originally saw me :)

Let me know how you get on Sunny D

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