Scarring Treatment Options
Fortunately, scars do not need to be a permanent feature of your appearance. These are the treatment options available to you:
– Pearl Fractional Resurfacing
Pearl fractional laser skin resurfacing is used to treat acne scars by delivering targeted pulses of energy into the deeper layers of the skin, creating a rejuvenating effect that reverses the effects of skin damage. The heat that is generated by the Pearl device will create a protective layer over your skin, which will enhance the restoration process. Treatments are quick but can be slightly uncomfortable, which is why a numbing agent is used. Patients may require several days of downtime following their treatment.
– Chemical Peels
If you have mild scarring such as that caused by acne, chemical peels can be used to gently remove the outer layer of the skin, replacing it with a fresh layer that is smoother. Once a chemical peel is applied, it creates a slight tingling sensation as the ingredients take effect. Patients may experience some redness following their treatment but this will not prevent you from returning to work should you need to. Several peels may be necessary to achieve the desired result.
– Dermal Fillers
Along with reducing the appearance of scarring, dermal fillers can also be used to improve the overall texture of your skin. Unfortunately, dermal fillers are not ideal for raised scars. Certain types of dermal fillers are better for treating scars than others and repeat treatments will be required to maintain your results. Treatments are only mildly uncomfortable and quick to administer, meaning you can schedule your treatment over your lunch break.
– Laser Genesis and Clear Silk
The Laser Genesis and Clear Silk systems are popular treatment for a variety of different scars, including keloid scars. However, a combination of treatments may be required to completely remove hypertrophic scars. Both laser treatments are gentle and deliver high-power microsecond pulses into the dermis to treat visible scars. Prominent scars will require several treatments in order for the desired result to be achieved.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) uses platelets that are extracted from the patient’s own blood to encourage the production of collagen and production, which will accelerate the skin’s healing process. The growth factors that are present in the blood encourage healthy cellular activity that helps to combat the appearance of scars. PRP is best delivered in conjunction with micro-needling and will require several treatments for optimal results.
– Steroid Injections
Steroid medication can be injected into the skin to treat hypertrophic and keloid scarring. This can cause the scar to shrink and flatten, but will usually require to be combined with other modalities.
Find out how we can help you reduce the appearance of scarring by scheduling a consultation today.