Types of Scars and Treatment Options

What are scars? Scars are the result of the body’s natural healing process. When an injury to the skin occurs, the body forms new collagen fibers to mend the wound. This is what we refer to as scars. These fibers may look different in color or texture from the surrounding skin. Scars do not typically pose a threat to one’s health. However, the inconsistency in appearance may be significant enough that people want to remove the scar.

Types of scars

A scar can result from any injury to the skin including, but not limited to, cuts, incisions, diseases, acne and other skin conditions. There are different kinds, depending on how each individual’s body heals.

Keloids are one type. Keloids are raised, often dark-colored bumps. Too much collagen is produced and the scar grows beyond the size of the wound. Keloids are more common in dark-skinned people.

Similarly, hypertrophic scars are the result of too much collagen, but these are more common where there is a lot of tension on the skin.

Healed skin may also be flat and smooth, lighter in color than the surrounding skin, and it may even be sunken. This occurs when muscle or fat underneath the scar is missing because of a significant injury.

Acne scars can be pitted or depressed. Treatment of acne is important to minimize its long-term effects. Acne scars can be minimized by laser treatment or bleaching creams if discoloration is present. If pitting has occurred, filler injections can fill in the depressions temporarily.

Depending on the type and severity of the scar, it can be treated in many ways. Keloids and hypertrophic scar tissue can be prevented by immediate use of silicone cream or silicone sheets following surgical excision. Another treatment option is steroid injections to reduce the size of the keloid. Topical or injected cortisone or laser scar revision surgery may also prove effective.

Some superficial scars can be treated with laser resurfacing. A laser is used to remove the top layers of the scar until it is flush with the surrounding skin. Microdermabrasion can also be effective on superficial blemishes.

How can you tell what is the best treatment plan for your unique situation? A dermatologist can assess each scar and not only properly identify its type, but offer the best course of action to remove or minimize its appearance.

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Laser Skin Tightening at LA Laser and Skin Center

What is laser skin tightening?

During laser skin tightening, our specialized laser heats the collagen fibers deep within your skin at specific temperatures. This gentle yet focused heating will slowly rearrange, redistribute, and recreate the collagen structure within your skin. As new collagen forms, your skin will tighten and rejuvenate over time. Once your collagen has been stimulated by laser skin tightening treatments, it will continue to grow for months and even years to come with minimal maintenance required.

Which parts of the body can laser skin tightening treat?

  • Face
  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Neck
  • Arms

Is laser skin tightening treatment right for me?

Laser skin tightening treatment is the perfect treatment for adult men and women. If you’re committed to proper after care, this procedure is right for you. If you are sensitive to light or have an autoimmune disorder, be sure to speak with your doctor before receiving laser skin tightening treatment.

What can I expect the day I receive laser skin tightening treatment?

Laser skin tightening treatment is a safe, quick, and easy office procedure that takes 30-60 minutes depending on the areas being treated. A skin care specialist will glide the laser applicator over the area to be treated. As the applicator delivers laser energy in tiny bursts, you will feel a heated prickling sensation. Once treatment is complete, a nurse will apply a cool gel to the treated area. Most patients describe the feeling after treatment like a sunburn. This feeling can last anywhere from two hours to two days.

What will recovery be like after I receive laser skin tightening treatment?

You will be able to go back to work immediately following laser skin tightening treatment. Even though you are able to return to regular activities, it is important to follow the after care instructions given to you by your skin care specialist. Failure to do so may delay or diminish the results of laser skin tightening.

Do I need to follow a special skin care routine after receiving laser skin tightening treatment?

Your provider will give you detailed instructions about your specific skin care needs. You may receive a prescription for special creams or gels to maximum the results of your laser skin tightening treatment.

Be sure to use sunscreen daily to protect your skin from sun exposure during both the healing phase and for several months after treatment. Apply a moisturizing sunblock with an SPF of at least 30. For at least six months after treatment, avoid being in the sun as much as possible.

When will I see results from laser skin tightening treatment and how long does it last?

For most patients, the results are gradual over 2-6 months as new collagen is formed and the skin tightens. Although one treatment will attain significant improvement, it is suggested that three treatments be performed at six week intervals for maximum results. A touch up treatment may be needed once a year for continued results.

Why choose LA Laser and Skin Center for laser skin tightening treatment?

LA Laser and Skin Center is among the top laser skin tightening providers in the United States, with thousands of procedures performed by our specially trained laser experts. Our luxurious facilities are home to the best cosmetic and medical dermatological care available. Our doors are always open to new patients. If you’re interested in learning more about laser skin tightening and our world class staff of board certified dermatologists, aestheticians, registered nurses, and patient care specialists, call 1-888-993-3761 or request an appointment today.