Our skin goes through a lot during our lifetime. Scars from previous surgeries or injuries can be reminders we don’t want to wear for the rest of our lives. If you’re living with scars that cause you to be unhappy with certain parts of your body or make you feel self-conscious when they’re exposed, you don’t have to grin and bear it. Call Laser Health Works in Barrie, ON and ask how laser scar removal can work for you.
What Causes Scars?
A scar is just the result of your body’s wound repair process that you can see on the skin and other tissues. Almost every wound, except for the very minor, results in some kind of scarring. Scars form when the deeper layers of the skin, the dermis, are damaged. When you suffer an injury like a cut, your body produces collagen to repair the damage.
Collagen is a fibrous protein that holds all our cells together. As collagen forms, it pulls together the skin by regenerating cells and forming scar tissue. This scar tissue has a different texture than the skin around it because of the bulking of collagen. Once the skin is completely healed, it forms the scar.
Different Types of Scars
Not all scars are created equal, and the kind of scar you end up with depends on your injury, your skin type and your natural levels of collagen production.
Keloid scars happen when there is an overly aggressive healing response from the body. These scars extend beyond the area of the original injury. Sometimes these scars become so large, they can limit movement. Keloid scars are most common for darker skin types.
These scars result from the skin being burned. These scars tighten the skin and can go deeper into the tissue to affect nerves and muscles, inhibiting movement.
Raised and red, these scars resemble keloid but don’t extend beyond the injury site.
People who have suffered from moderate to severe cystic acne know the “pitting” that can be left behind. These scars result from a cyst forming in deeper layers of the skin. When that cyst resolves, it leaves a gap between the upper and middle layers, causing the skin to look depressed.
Laser Scar Removal
Whether your scar is new or has been bothering you for years, laser scar removal can help you achieve the smooth skin you’re hoping for. Laser scar removal is a skin resurfacing treatment that will remove layers of skin, to induce wound healing. There are several types of laser resurfacing but Co2 laser scar removal is the most effective.
What Is Co2 Laser Resurfacing?
This laser scar removal treatment is a skin resurfacing technique that uses lasers instead of something mechanical, like microneedling or microdermabrasion. This is one of the most advanced resurfacing techniques available because the Co2 laser allows your specialist to target specific areas of the skin without damaging the surrounding skin or tissue.
This laser uses short-pulse, fractional technology that allows your practitioner to target small areas of the scar at one time. When your specialist can remove very thin layers of damaged cells from the scar at a time, it allows them to minimize the risk of heat damage to the surrounding skin.
How Does the Co2 Laser Work?
Your doctor can control the amount of energy used on your skin and control the depth of laser penetration. This tells your body it’s been injured and needs to repair the targeted area with new collagen. Your doctor will control this process so it won’t cause more scar tissue: just new collagen that will, over time, replace your scar tissue as layers of it are removed.
The collagen production that’s kick-started forces skin cell regeneration and new, healthy skin replaces the damaged tissue of the scar.
What to Expect
During your consultation, your practitioner will conduct a physical examination of the scar and surrounding skin. They will then determine if this is the right laser scar removal treatment for you. If it is, there is no preparation for you to do. The only request may be to stop taking blood-thinning medications for a week or two prior to treatment.
When you arrive to your appointment, your doctor will apply a numbing cream to the treatment area. If you’d be more comfortable with an oral sedative, many doctors will accommodate you, but you’ll need someone to drive you home. Most clients are completely comfortable with just the topical anesthetic.
The doctor will then direct the laser to the right depths to achieve the results you want. Depending on the area being treated, your appointment will last between 30-60 minutes.
Your doctor will bandage the treatment area and send you home with aftercare instructions. How quickly you can return to your normal routine depends on the area you had treated and your personal healing rate.
As your skin heals, you’ll notice the scar tissue fading. New collagen will continue to form, and your results will continue to improve. Some clients will achieve the results they want after just one session while others may require a few sessions to achieve their optimal outcome.
Call for a Consultation
If you’ve dealt with the discomfort of a scar for long enough and want to explore laser scar treatment, call Laser Health Works in Barrie, ON and schedule a consultation to speak with a specialist. We believe in helping people feel better about their appearance and adding to their overall sense of well-being. We look forward to helping you look and feel your best.