Do you have a scar that you want to remove but wonder if scar therapy is right for you? You are likely eligible and will benefit from scar treatment. At AURAE MD in La Jolla, CA, Dr. Margo Aura Emami performs safe and effective scar removal treatments that will improve your skin and confidence. Acne scars, stretch marks, and scars can be removed with quick and non-surgical treatments so you will experience no downtime.
What Is Scar Therapy?
Scar therapy is a treatment to reduce or remove the appearance of scars. Scars can be large and have a discolored appearance that may blemish a patient’s complexion, but there are a variety of treatments that provide results without the need for invasive procedures. Inflammation and improper collagen formation can form scars, so scar treatments aim to inhibit inflammation and increase collagen production to rebuild the scarred skin.
Scars and Acne Scars
Scars are marks on the skin left after a skin repair. Surgeries, trauma, and disease may lead to the formation of scars and result in scars with a range of appearances. The majority of scars do not have an obvious appearance and may be flat and pale, but scars can also be dark and pitted or raised and discolored. These scars are often the ones that patients seek treatment for because they blemish the smooth complexion of a patient’s skin. Stretch marks are also scars that appear due to rapid changes in the skin. When these changes occur, the skin stretches and eventually tears. Stretch marks are common during pregnancy and growth spurts during puberty.
Acne scars are marks on the face that appear after acne or other skin conditions. These marks can be raised or pitted and may be darker than the surrounding skin. Due to the location of the scars on the face and the obvious appearance, many patients seek removal treatments for acne scars. Acne scars can have a significant impact on a person’s confidence and social life.
Am I a Candidate for Scar Therapy?
Patients with scars, acne scars, or stretch marks that they want to remove will benefit most from treatment. Patients of every age, gender, and skin tone can enjoy scar therapy and healthier skin from treatment. Scars can be a blemish on a patient’s complexion that can harm their self-image. Treating scars can help patients improve their complexion without surgery or significant downtime. Each treatment has no significant downtime or recovery time, so patients can return to work immediately after the treatment session.
Types of Scar Treatments
Fractora is a device that uses radiofrequency to treat skin conditions by inducing collagen production. Fractora is FDA approved for skin resurfacing. The treatment device has pins that make tiny perforations in the skin and are charged with radiofrequency energy to heat the skin. This penetrates deeper than traditional resurfacing treatments and allows the skin to be restructured. Fractora uses fractional ablation, so the skin recovers faster than laser ablation resurfacing. The treatment is effective for treating scars, stretch marks, and acne scars.
A Fractora treatment session takes around one to two hours to complete, depending on the size of the area being treated. Dr. Margo Aura Emami administers a topical numbing cream first so the patient remains comfortable during the treatment. Many patients will need three or four sessions to reach their desired results.
Lumecca is an IPL or intense pulsed light treatment for skin rejuvenation. Lumecca targets pigmentations in the skin that are common in scars and other skin conditions. The treatment is safe and painless, with a sapphire cooling tip to prevent burns and damage to the skin. The treatment can also be used to treat a larger area of the skin at one time than other IPL treatments. Lumecca can be performed in only 30 minutes with no downtime or recovery time needed. Patients may require four to five sessions to reach their goal but will see improvement after one session.
Dermal microneedling induces collagen production by making tiny perforations in the skin. The tiny lesions are quickly healed by collagen production and blemishes such as scars, acne scars, and stretch marks are also healed. Microneedling can heal small scars and reduce the appearance of larger scars after several treatments. Each treatment is performed in 30 minutes to an hour. Patients may see improvements immediately, but the final results will require at least four weeks. Patients should visit again for maintenance at least twice per year for long-lasting results.
Chemical peels remove and exfoliate the surface of the skin through natural ingredients and acids. Along with the skin, debris and dead skin cells are removed. The skin peels over several days and fresh skin emerges with a glowing appearance. Chemical peels can repair scarring by resurfacing the skin and stimulating the production of collagen. Patients will see improvement in the tone and texture of the skin after one treatment, and incorporating chemical peels into a routine can yield long-lasting results. Patients can return to work or their normal routine after the treatment but must pay attention to their sun exposure and avoid rubbing the skin or applying cosmetics for several days.
See if Scar Therapy Is Right for You
If you are ready to remove scars from your face or body, visit AURAE MD in La Jolla, CA for an initial consultation today. Dr. Margo Aura Emami can determine the most beneficial scar treatment for you and safely and effectively treat your scars.