Overview: Laser Scar Therapy
Whenever your body experiences trauma resulting in a wound, a scar occurs. Scarring can result from virtually anything that damages your skin including: chicken pox, lacerations, acne, sports injuries, tattoos, burns, trauma, accidents, piercings, vaccinations, bites, and surgery. Abnormal scars can be raised, thick, depressed, uneven, vascular, darker (hyperpigmented), or paler (hypopigmented) than the adjacent skin. All of these features allow the scar to stand out visually against the surrounding normal skin.
It is true that a scar will never completely disappear but fortunately, there are many methods available today that can help improve a scar’s appearance. Fiala Aesthetics Medical Spa, located in Altamonte Springs, Florida, offers laser scar treatments as an excellent option for cosmetically improving the appearance of scars, especially those that are red, purple or brown in their coloration.
Surgeons typically group scars into several categories, which helps with deciding the best treatment.
Widespread Scars: Widespread scars appear when the fine lines of surgical scars slowly become stretched out and widened. These scars have a normal amount of collagen in them (unlike keloids and hypertrophic scars) and they usually have widened out from mechanical tension (pull) across the incision. They are typically flat, pale, soft scars, such as those often seen after knee or shoulder surgery. There is no elevation, thickening, or nodularity in mature widespread scars and this distinguishes them from hypertrophic scars.
Atrophic Scars: Atrophic scars cause a depression or valley in your skin beneath the overlying skin. They are normally small, flat, and often circular in shape with an indented or inverted center. Atrophic acne scars are a common example of this type of scar.
Hypertrophic Scars: Hypertrophic scars may often thick, raised, and firm. They are formed as the result of overzealous collagen synthesis coupled with limited collagen breakdown during the remodeling phase of wound healing. Hypertrophic scars remain within the confines of the original injury. Hypertrophic scars typically form in body areas that exhibit slow wound healing or in pressure-dependent or movement-dependent areas. Unlike keloid scars, hypertrophic scars may partially regress over time, becoming more flat and pale. They usually show up during the first few months after a surgical incision and they occur in equal frequency in both men and women.
Keloid Scar: A keloid scar is a scar that continues to enlarge and spreads beyond the borders of the initial wound. They are common on the face, earlobes, and the chest. More common in women than men, keloids are raised, reddish-purple, nodular scars, which are very firm to the touch. Although they can be seen in all skin types, keloids appear most frequently in patients with darker skin tones.
At Fiala Aesthetics Medical Spa, after carefully evaluating the individual characteristics of your scar, a specific treatment will be chosen to improve its appearance. There are several different types of laser scar removal treatments available, each optimally suited for your specific type of scar.
To learn more about the laser scar treatments offered at Fiala Aesthetics Medical Spa, please call and schedule a consultation today