Scars from trauma, surgery, acne and other causes can be unattractive if they can be seen on your face or other parts of your body when you go swimming or wear summer clothing. Laser scar removal is a safe and effective way to remove or reduce the appearance of various kinds of scars. Keloid or raised scars, atrophic or depressed scars that are from injuries, stretch marks and all types of acne scars can be treated with a variety of types of lasers. The laser removes the outer layer of the scar, making it smooth with an even tone so its appearance is dramatically reduced.
Different Types of Laser Scar Removal
There are ablative and non-ablative lasers for the treatment of scars. Lasers that go deeper into the second layer of the skin without affecting the surface layer is called non-ablative. This treatment has a short recovery time.
Ablative lasers destroy the top and second layer of skin and are used for laser resurfacing. They have very high power and remove the top layer of skin while smoothing the lower layer.
The non-ablative laser uses lower energy and heats only the skin that is under the surface layer. This stimulates the production of collagen, which is the protein that makes your skin look smooth and firm. It is useful for light scarring, but it is not as effective as ablative laser treatments and may require more sessions to get the results you want.
Fractionated laser resurfacing is ablative and non-ablative. This is the latest treatment for removing scars. This type of laser creates tiny channels in the skin so the body can break down scar tissue and the surrounding healthy skin can promote quicker healing. This is the most common form of laser resurfacing.
What to Expect
We are proud to offer CO2 laser resurfacing at our office. When your scars are examined by our professional, a course of treatment to reduce their appearance may be recommended. You will be asked about any medications you are taking because some can make your skin extra sensitive to light. We will make sure you have realistic expectations regarding the treatment and the results.
Other Treatment Options for Scar Revision
Our team understands that scar revision is not one-size-fits-all. That’s why in addition to laser treatments, we also offer Metvix and biopsy services. Metvix is basically a topical cream photosynthesizer that is light-activated and absorbed by damaged skin cells. It is designed to destroy damaged cells and reduce the appearance of visible scarring when it is exposed to photodynamic therapy or sunlight. The cream is absorbed by treated areas, so the surrounding skin is left undamaged.
During a biopsy for scar revision, the scar tissue is removed in tiny slices using a special tool. The goal is to remove it from the skin while also leaving the deeper skin layers untouched.
What Can Scar Removal Do for You?
Depending on the reason why you are seeking out scar removal services, scar revision can affect your life in a number of ways. For one, it can improve your self-confidence and help you to make the most out of your life. When a scar is hindering your appearance, it can have a ripple effect on various aspects of your life. You may not want to engage in social activities, or you may shy away from other outings in order to hide your scar. Once you have the scar treated, you are more likely to get out and experience the things that once held you back.
It’s a fact of life that when you look good, you tend to feel good. As such, after you have achieved the desired results of your scar revision treatment plan, you will most likely have enhanced self-esteem and feel better about yourself overall. You won’t be as self-conscious about your scar. This is especially the case if your scar was on a noticeable area, like your face.
Reach out to us at Laser Health Works to schedule an appointment to learn more about laser scar removal. You may be surprised to know you don’t have to live with unattractive acne or other scars any longer. Contact us today to book your consultation at our office in Midland or Barrie. We look forward to hearing from you!