Treatment for scars is one of the most common reasons that people seek out the care of a dermatologist. Scars are abnormal skin tissue that can be caused by factors like trauma, surgery, or acne. We have a wide range of scar treatment options available to you if you are bothered by the appearance of scars.
The modern form of microneedling has been around for over two decades, but has only recently gone mainstream. The scar treatment works by selectively puncturing the skin with a device covered in tiny, sterile needles. After the application of a numbing agent to the skin, we pass this device over your skin repeatedly. Each time we do this, micro-injuries are formed in the surface of your skin. This stimulates your body into producing new collagen fibers to remodel your skin from the inside out.
Microneedling and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Some patients looking for scar treatment undergo both a microneedling treatment and a PRP procedure. Platelet Rich Plasma is a blood product produced from the patient’s own blood. This rich concentration of platelets speeds healing and makes microneedling more effective.
Microneedling also makes PRP more effective by allowing it to bypass the outer barrier of the skin via the micro-channels created by the microneedling procedure.
Medical-grade chemical peels are another effective treatment option for minimizing scars. We apply a chemical solution containing chemicals like phenol, TCA, or carbolic acid to your skin for a prescribed amount of time. This removes portions of the outer skin layer and triggers a skin renewal process that leads to the development of new skin that displays fewer signs of scars.
Some of the lighter peels do not require any sedation or downtime. In the case of more serious scars, you may need to undergo sedation and experience significant downtime. During this time, your skin will be healing and remodeling itself so that your scars become less prominent.
Laser Scar Reduction
Today’s cosmetic lasers are more effective than ever before at reducing the appearance of scars caused by acne, surgery, or injury. We transmit thermal energy under the surface of your skin using the laser, and your body responds by removing this damaged tissue and replacing it with fresher skin that displays fewer acne scars.
One advantage to undergoing a laser scar treatment is that we are able to precisely target only unwanted skin tissue. Surrounding tissue is left intact to serve as a sort of bandage to prevent infection. Also, since less skin must be injured in the treatment, your healing time will be shortened.