Laser Scar Removal Treatments in Austin
Once a thing straight out of a science fiction story, the laser is among the top tools in cosmetic procedures and treatments. Lasers can be used for such things as body sculpting, tightening and toning, correcting pigmentation issues, and skin resurfacing (including improving the looks of lines and wrinkles), but they are also very popular when used for laser scar removal treatments. Lasers are, in fact, one of the most reliable treatment options for many skin-related issues, especially scarring.
WHAT IS A SCAR?
A natural part of the healing process, a scar is the result of a skin repair process that begins with a wound or when your skin perceives an injury. Even the smallest wounds create a scar of some kind, and even you cannot see it.
Scars can be due to conditions like acne in addition to common skin diseases and conditions, as well as injuries.
They appear in a few ways. Some are flat and hard to see because they match the skin’s natural color. Some are due to an overproduction of collagen, making them raised or pronounced. At the opposite end of the spectrum are scars that cause pitting or a sunken appearance, and some scars have the look of overly stretched skin and may look like a stretchmark or like skin pulled too tightly. The latter may even inhibit movement.
The most common types of scars are due to acne, burns, surgeries, and injuries. Laser scar removal cannot entirely erase scars, but in most cases, it can be paired with other therapies to make scars far less noticeable.
How does it work?
Laser scar removal treatments are FDA approved remedies for those who wish to reduce the visibility of surgical scars, acne scars, and more. Safe and effective, they are achieved through the use of devices that emit short pulses of micro-fine laser light to penetrate the skin’s sub-layers deeply. This light energy targets the skin’s supportive structure to stimulate the body’s natural healing response. Once this occurs, the body’s natural regenerative properties begin to sweep away old damaged tissue and begin rebuilding new collagen and elastin, the elements that produce healthy-looking skin.
what are the benefits?
There are many good reasons to choose laser scar removal, such as those just mentioned above (it is non-invasive, safe, and effective). Other benefits include:
- It can reduce scar pain and itch
- It can increase range of motion in scars that limit movement
- It makes any scar less noticeable
- It can often be accomplished in only a few visits
- It works well around sensitive areas, including the eyes, mouth, and forehead
- It is not painful, but sedation is always an option
- It is an outpatient treatment, and you can go home right after the procedure is done
There are so many benefits to laser scar removal; it makes good sense to speak with us about it.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Your treatment will first require some consultation to ensure you are a good candidate for treatment. Once we are sure that laser scar removal is the right answer to your needs, we can book your visit. Most treatments take less than an hour from start to finish, though some treatments take longer.
You will be in charge of preparing yourself for the treatment, and our most common directions will include:
- Skipping any blood-thinning medications such as aspirin, NSAIDs, and many herbal supplements
- Halting use of glycolic acid or retinoid for at least two weeks before treatment
- Avoiding sun exposure
- Skipping any other procedures, including collagen injections, waxing, and chemical peels
- Smoking cessation for two weeks in advance
- Avoiding skin products on the day of the treatment, including deodorants and perfumes, as well as lotions
You will then come in for the treatment and be free to go home afterward. Some people have a bit of swelling or tenderness for a few hours. You will also have to moisturize the area treated twice daily until any redness has abated.
Who Is A Good Candidate?
Laser scar removal is suitable to almost any skin type, including very pale to darker skin types. However, it is only after a consultation with an expert that you will learn which type of laser works best for your needs. The treatment can be done on many areas of the skin, but again, it will require a consultation to know which option is safest and best for your needs.
The typical treatment takes roughly half of an hour, and may require just a single session, though multiple visits may be required. Typically, it is three to seven sessions to complete treatment.
Why Choose Laser Scar Removal?
We have seen the benefits of laser scar removal, and as a non-invasive treatment that reduces or even nearly eliminates the appearance of scars, and yet requires no significant recovery time. Designed for those looking for a non-surgical option, this is an ideal solution. With the ability to use targeted, fractional laser technologies, scars can finally be eliminated or reduced, and surrounding tissue left unharmed.
To request a consultation, or to learn more about the laser scar removal treatments offered at Personique On the Spot in Austin, please call (512) 599-8672.