A scar is an area of the skin where fibrous tissue has replaced normal skin. This could be a result of an injury, a wound, or surgery – and it’s the natural way that the body heals. In scar tissue, the collagen fibres are arranged in a different way than normal tissue, and therefore the affected area will have a different skin texture. Scarring can be the result of a number of different causes.
Skin scars, for whatever reason, are simply part of the natural healing process. By example, burn patients develop burn scars as an integral part of the healing process. When the layers of skin (known as epidermis, dermis and hypodermis) undergo trauma, the body produces protective skin tissue to replace the damaged tissue. As part of the body’s healing process this “irregular” tissue is the scar tissue.
Normally, scars look and feel much different than the rest of the skin. Although scar tissue is made up of the same protein as normal tissue, its composition has “cross-links” that align in a single direction, creating a tougher exterior. For the most part, scars are raised, and appear in a different colour and texture than normal skin. Over time, they will flatten out and become lighter in colour.
Skin scars are unique in that they are less resistant to UV rays (sun rays). In fact, hair follicles and sweat glands do not typically grow back in a scar. A variety of scars can develop for different types of reasons – again, it’s the body’s natural process of healing. This is why an acne scar will look different than a burn scar, or a c-section scar, or a scar that results from surgery.
Anyone who experiences a cut, tear, or burn in a deep layer of skin will develop a scar. Clearly, the type of scar will depend on a number of different factors – the size and depth of the wound; the location of the injury; the local blood supply; and the thickness of the skin. Additionally, there are physiological factors – like age, genetics, gender, and ethnicity – all of which play a vital role.
Skin acne and associated pimples usually heal after time, but do leave unwelcome scars:
These scars are large, open pores that go beyond the upper layer of skin and often referred to as narrow and deep
Scars that are wide and atrophic in nature - these will occur after a bout of severe skin acne.
Rolling scars are hypertrophic - they materialize as wave-like (wide, shallow rows over the skin).
These scars are flat, thin scars or depressed scars (anetoderma)
These are raised scars, similar to keloid scars, but they don’t go beyond the scope of an injury.
Stretch marks are usually associated with extreme weight loss, pregnancy, or even obesity.
After skin is burned, a contracture scar develops - it tightens the skin and impairs movement.
These scars result from overly aggressive healing - over time movement may be hampered.
Today, with advanced technologies and hi-tech equipment, laser scar removal can be effectively performed and without any side effects.
This FDA & Health Canada approved laser scar removal stimulates the natural production of collagen in the deep layers of skin. Whatever the skin condition, stimulating collagen production is key to rejuvenating the skin. The results are noticeable and long lasting.
Learn more about ResurFX laser treatment for scars.
When it comes to micro-needling, the eDermastamp™ system is state-of-the-art. Manufactured in Germany, eDermastamp™ uses micro-needles made of medical grade stainless steel. Under the supervision of a skin care professional, the skin is electrically pricked in quick succession.The pricking is marginally invasive, and designed to stimulate the production of new skin cells for effective laser scar removal.
Learn more about our microneedling treatments.
With Lumenis® IPL technology, for instance, an experienced skin care technician can remove undesirable skin pigmentation and unwelcome blood vessels – all in one treatment procedure. Lumenis® M22™ is a photo-rejuvenation technology designed to treat atrophic scars, rosacea, and stretch marks (striae). Commonly used by skin care professionals around the world, the Lumenis® M22™ treatment effectively improves skin texture and tone. With Optimal Pulse Technology (OPT™), the treatments can be easily customized based on skin type and condition.
Learn more IPL photofacials.
Microdermabraison is a technique used to resurface the skin. The treatment is done to resurface and improve skin that was damaged from scars, acne scarring, or scars from chicken pox. This treatment can also be used to reduce deep facial lines, pigmentation disorders, skin lesions, wrinkles and damage from the sun.
Chemical peels are used to improve the surface of one’s skin, reduce pigmentation issues and improve the overall appearance. The goal of a chemical peel is to exfoliate the skin, remove dead skin cells and encourage growth of new skin cells. The peel is applied to the patient’s skin then peels off and dead skin cells are removed.
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Treating scars with laser treatments and chemical peels is a great idea to promote new skin cell growth and to help reduce the appearance of scars. Chemical peels exfoliate the skin and help remove dead skin cells from your face which will minimize the appearance of scars and pigmentation. The laser scar treatments with ResurFX are beneficial to totally eliminate scars that chemical peels alone cannot do.
This will depend on scar size and type, skin type, severity of scar or damaged skin and age. Best results are typically achieved after three to five sessions in four to five week intervals. Furthermore, you should continue to see improvements for up to six months following the last treatment.
Results will vary depending on type and size of scar. Patients will see two phases of scar revision results: immediate results and progressive results. Right after your primary laser treatment and during the first week after you will begin to see smoother skin surface, and improvement of tone and texture of your scar. The goal of the laser treatment is to penetrate deep layers of the damaged skin with the scar tissue to trigger the production of collagen and remove small parts of the scar tissue. Over the course of two- six months you will see your scar minimizing and the skin’s elasticity improving. There is minimal healing time with the ResurFX or the Lumenis M22® IPL due to its non-invasive nature.
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