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Self Harm Scars

Self-harm scars are permanent reminders of emotional distress, requiring compassionate care and effective treatment for physical and psychological healing.

What is self harm?

Self-harm, also known as SH or self-injury, refers to the intentional act of inflicting physical harm on oneself. This behaviour is often a coping mechanism for dealing with intense emotional distress, trauma, or psychological pain. Common methods of self-harm include cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting oneself.

Self-harm can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or background. People who self-harm often struggle with underlying issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, or other mental health conditions.

Types of self harm scars


These are among the most common self-harm scars. They are typically linear marks caused by sharp objects like knives, razors, or broken glass. Cuts can vary in depth and length, leading to different scar appearances, from thin, light lines to deeper, more prominent scars.


Self-inflicted burns often result in round or irregularly shaped scars. These can be caused by heat sources such as lighters, matches, or heated objects. Burn scars can appear red, dark brown, or even pale, depending on the severity and healing process.


These are usually superficial wounds caused by fingernails, pins, or other sharp objects. Scratches can leave behind light, thin scars that may fade over time but can still be noticeable.

Am I a candidate for your scar treatments?

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Not all scars are suitable for microneedling or micropigmentation. Factors to consider include:

- Scars typically less than 12 months old and not fully healed

- Keloid scars and very red or raised hypertrophic scars.

- Dark or hyperpigmented scars.

- Medical conditions affecting skin healing (e.g., haemophilia, certain autoimmune diseases) or those on blood thinners.

- Pregnant, breastfeeding, or under-18 individuals are also unsuitable.

- Scars with uneven texture or sunken appearance.

If you're uncertain about the suitability of your scar or skin condition for treatment, we invite you to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with our scar specialists.

Treatments for self harm scarring

We offer a variety of professional treatments to help reduce the appearance of self-harm scars and support your healing process

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Microneedling reduces scar visibility by inducing collagen and elastin production, restoring colour, and flattening raised scars through controlled trauma and healing.

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Scar Camouflage Micropigmentation

Scar Camouflage Micropigmentation is a medical tattooing technique that conceals scars from surgeries, burns, or accidents using medical-grade pigments and specialised techniques

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Scar Camouflage Creams

Camouflage creams are skin-coloured medical creams which can be mixed to find an exact skin colour match and used to cover all types of scarring. 

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Treatment locations

We have several locations across the UK, each kitted out with state-of-the-art equipment & industry leading practitioners


Knightsbridge, central London

Haywards Heath

West Sussex 


Greater Manchester

Brighton & Hove

East Sussex

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Frequently asked questions