Our highly trained skincare specialists address scars differently depending on the type of scar and how best to treat it for your skin type.
For recent scars and acne scars, pigmentation variances between the scar and normal skin is a common hallmark. This manifests as a pink or red color or as a vascular or post inflammatory hyperpigmentation which is a darkening of pigment. Pigmentation is addressed through our BroadBand Light (BBL) treatment, which creates an even skin tone as well as induces collagen production, thus minimizing the appearance of the scar.
Scars can appear hypertrophic (raised at the site) or atrophic (pitted or sunken). This is addressed with the ProFractional, 2940 Erbium laser. It creates small holes in the skin which aligned to the proper depth based on the scar. By not ablating the entire surface of the skin, healthy tissue remains. The targeted tissue is induced into a healing response; it’s the formation of new collagen and elastin in place of the damaged. This is a biological process and can take several treatments to accomplish the desired goals. Patients can expect to see a 50 to 75% reduction in their scars.
What to expect before, during and after scar reduction treatments:
Prior to treatment
The treatment area needs to be free of active tanning or the use of a self tanner. We suggest using a zinc based sunscreen such as Elta MD to protect your skin. In some cases, hydroquinone may be prescribed for additional lightening of the area. It is important to continue to protect skin post treatment, as well, to optimize results.
A numbing solution is applied to maximize comfort during the procedures. A BroadBand Light treatment is a sensation similar to a rubber band snap, quick and felt once the laser reaches it’s target. A ProFractional treatment is comparable to little pin pricks and a feeling of warmth in the skin.
The treatment area will feel warm and erythema (redness) will be present. A post care regimen tailored to the patient’s specific needs will be provided. BroadBand Light treatments have what we refer to as social downtime, mild redness and a temporary darkening of pigment over the course of 24 to 48 hours. ProFractional therapy can require more downtime and healing, but can be tailored to specific needs. As treatments progresses, the scar texture and pigmentation will gradually fade to become even and similar to healthy, unaffected skin.