Most people have at least one scar. Even though they’re common, they can have a significant impact on your emotional health and well-being.
When your skin sustains damage, your body repairs it by triggering collagen production. Unfortunately, this new connective tissue usually looks and feels different than the surrounding skin, resulting in a scar. Sometimes scars are pale and flat, but they can also be raised if your body makes too much collagen while healing. You can also have sunken, pitted scars because you lose fat or muscle tissue in the area.
Because there are different kinds of scars, we offer three ways to treat them at Specialists in Dermatology PLLC. With microdermabrasion, microneedling, and laser skin resurfacing, we can help make your scars a distant memory.
Refinishing your skin with microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic treatment designed to minimize imperfections by removing the outermost layers of your skin. During this procedure, we exfoliate your skin with a special applicator that rubs away dead skin cells and debris. Then, we apply special toners and moisturizers to the treatment areas based on your skin type.
This scar treatment is most effective for:
- Acne scars
- Pox marks
- Scars from accidents or disease
After your treatment, you should be able to go right back to your normal activities.
Pumping up the volume with microneedling
Microneedling fights scars by activating collagen production to improve the tone and texture of your skin. We recommend this approach for a variety of scars, but especially stretch marks and acne scars.
During your procedure, we use a dermaroller tool to make tiny pinpricks evenly across your skin. These “micro-injuries” trigger collagen production in the area, which plumps, tones, and smooths skin in the treatment site, minimizing the appearance of scars. In addition to scars, we also recommend microneedling to eliminate fine lines, wrinkles, and large pores.
When you have microneedling treatments to eliminate your scars, you may have mild redness or irritation for a few days. But, otherwise, this procedure requires no downtime.
Erasing imperfections with laser skin resurfacing
If you have more significant scarring, we might recommend laser skin resurfacing. This procedure uses concentrated, pulsating beams of light to remove old cells from the surface of your skin. At the same time, it penetrates deep into the lower layers of your skin to prompt collagen production. As collagen returns to the treatment site, you can expect a smoother complexion and better skin tone.
We often recommend laser skin resurfacing to address:
- Acne scars
- Burn marks
- Injury scars
Because laser skin resurfacing uses pulses of light and heat, you might experience mild redness, pain, swelling, and oozing after your treatment. In most cases, these symptoms fade within a few days. The entire healing process takes 3-10 days.
Don’t wait to banish your unwanted scars. Call us at Specialists in Dermatology PLLC to schedule an appointment today.