What are Scars, Why Do They Occur?
Scars result when the skin repairs wounds caused by accident, disease, or surgery. They are a natural part of the healing process. The more the skin is damaged and the longer it takes to heal, the greater the chance of a noticeable scar. Typically, a scar may appear redder and thicker at first, then gradually fade. Many actively healing scars that seem unsightly at three months may heal nicely if given more time. The way a scar forms is affected by an individual’s age and the location on the body or face. Younger skin makes strong repairs and tends to result in larger, thicker scars than does older skin. Skin over a jawbone is tighter than skin on the cheek and will make a scar easier to see. If a scar is indented or raised, irregular shadows will be seen, giving the skin an uneven appearance. A scar that crosses natural expression lines or is wider than a wrinkle, will be more apparent because it will not follow a natural pattern nor look like a naturally occurring line. Any one, or a combination of these factors may result in a scar that, although healthy, may be improved by dermatologic surgical treatment.t
If you have a highly visible scar, there are many laser procedures that can make it less noticeable. You may have considered surgical reduction, but found it too expensive and inconvenient. Acne scars or scars from injury or surgery can all be made less prominent using lasers that will reduce the size and redness of your facial scars.
Effective Scar Treatments
Scar Treatment Results
What are Acne Scars, Why Do They Occur?
Acne scars form wherever acne advances to the point of injuring tissue. These injuries lead to depressions or indentations that occur from the skin’s natural healing process. These scars contain reduced amounts of collagen, have irregularly structured dermal fibers and usually lack elasticity. Successful treatment of a scar requires both the removal of damaged epidermal tissue and the stimulation of new collagen to improve tone and texture.
Acne scarring has been difficult to treat with even the most aggressive traditional approaches – topical agents, abrasion therapies, surgery and conventional lasers – either achieving only moderate results, or else destroying unacceptable amounts of healthy tissue along with the scar. This has been a major disappointment to patients who must carry the stigma of adolescent acne long after their skin is free of active acne.
Effective Acne Scarring Treatments
A monumental breakthrough came recently when the FDA cleared Fraxel® Laser Treatment for acne scarring after studies showed that the new laser could b+e far more effective than traditional therapies at gently repairing epidermal abnormalities and reaching deep into the dermis to induce collagen formation without compromising patient safety.
Fraxel® Laser acne scar treatment, with its gentle non-ablative skin rejuvenation and rapid healing time, is now available to people of all skin types for the treatment of acne scarring.
Acne Scar Treatment Results
As someone who places an equally high value on service as well as results, I could not be more pleased with Dr. Friedman’s services for removing some facial scars and blemishes. Many thanks to them. I will be returning and recommending as many others to their facility as possible.