Scars develop during the natural healing process as the body produces new collagen to heal the wound. This new tissue has a different texture and quality compared to the surrounding skin, which results in the appearance of a scar.
There are different types of scars:
The characteristics of scars affect how easy they are to remove. Your doctor at Ballantyne Medical Associates must adjust treatment according to the depth, size, type, and location of the scar.
Small, indented scars may be treated by injecting a filler under the scar. Skin resurfacing with lasers or dermabrasion are both options you may consider for eliminating scars. A third option is treatment with a fractional laser, which can reach deep below the skin to the bottom of the scar tissue without harming the surrounding skin.
Heat from the laser breaks down old scar tissue, which is removed by the body’s natural healing process. Then the heat also stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin, the two proteins that are essential for strong, elastic skin. As the new tissue grows, scarring is either removed or significantly diminished, depending on the severity of the original scar.
Fractional lasers can be used on any skin type, and they remove several types of scars. This means that most people are good candidates for laser scar removal.
Treatment to remove a scar usually takes about 30 minutes, but it varies depending on the size and type of scar. During the procedure, a topical anesthetic gel may be used to ensure your comfort.
You may have minimal redness or swelling, but it resolves quickly and doesn’t require time for recovery. As soon as the treatment is finished, you can get back to your normal routine. It takes time for the healing process to remove old tissue and regrow new collagen, so be patient because you may not see the final result for a few weeks.