If you have resigned yourself to living with scars — whether they are acne scars, stretch marks, or scars from an injury or wound — you may want to consider laser therapy. In the hands of an expert like our team at Palmetto Aesthetics and Wellness, the right laser therapy can dramatically reduce the appearance of scarring.
Laser therapy for acne scarring
Laser therapy for scarring works in much the same way regardless of the cause of the scars. Since acne scarring is a relatively common problem, we’ll describe how laser therapy can reduce the appearance of acne scars.
Before your treatment
Before any treatment, we discuss the procedure with you, consider your medical history, and make suggestions regarding treatment. One of the things you need to be aware of regarding laser therapy is that you should protect your skin from the sun before your treatment so that you don’t have a tan or burn.
If you smoke, you should abstain for at least two weeks before laser therapy. Also, there are certain medications and supplements, such as aspirin and vitamin E, that you should avoid before your procedure.
Our staff, led by John R. Fleming Jr., MD, gives you thorough instructions during your consultation, but it’s important to know that you may need to prepare for your procedure for a week or two beforehand.
During your treatment
There are two different types laser therapy, non-ablative and ablative. The one we use to treat scarring is ablative therapy. Ablative means “wounding.” During your treatment, the focused heat and energy from the laser removes the upper layers of your skin.
At the same time, the laser heats the deeper layers of skin, which stimulates the production of collagen and elastin.
The whole process triggers your body to heal and to produce new skin cells. The healing and growth of new skin cells is the reason your scars are less visible following treatment.
Additionally, if your scars are discolored, your skin tone evens out, which is another step toward lessening the appearance of your scars.
After your treatment
Ablative laser treatments don’t require any downtime, but you may experience some redness or even oozing following your procedure. We provide you with ointment to use and give you aftercare instructions.
It’s crucial to protect your skin from the sun after laser therapy. Exposure to the sun could cause more scarring.
Dr. Fleming may recommend that you consider a dermal filler along with laser treatments in order to reduce the appearance of your scars even more. Your skin is as unique as you are, so his recommendations depend on your particular needs.
Regardless of the cause of your scars, ablative laser resurfacing can help reduce their appearance. If you’d like to learn more about the process and learn Dr. Fleming’s recommendations for your specific situation, book an appointment online or by phone today.
Our staff is happy to answer your questions and help you love the way your skin looks.