Are acne scars or other small facial scars making you feel self-conscious about your appearance? Then laser skin resurfacing could be just what you’re looking for. Laser skin resurfacing uses short pulses of laser energy to remove damaged skin and promote the growth of new, healthy skin so you feel and look your best. Here’s what you need to know:
What causes scars?
Scars form as part of the body’s natural response to injury. When tissue becomes damaged by acne or injury, the body reacts by forming a layer of strong, fibrous tissue in that area. While the tissue comprises the same type of protein as undamaged skin, it grows in a different pattern that makes the scar “stand out” from the surrounding tissue, usually by changes in color or texture. Scar tissue may be darker, lighter or shinier than the skin surrounding it, and the tissue may be raised or depressed. Some scars feel slightly rough to the touch while others may feel unusually smooth.
How does laser skin resurfacing improve the appearance of scars?
Laser resurfacing is very precise, enabling the energy of the laser to penetrate to specific layers of skin where scars form. The laser removes very thin layers of scar tissue, stimulating the production of collagen. Over time, the new collagen replaces the damaged tissue, improving both the appearance and the texture of the skin.
After laser resurfacing, most patients may have some mild redness that can persist for several weeks (especially in people with fair skin). These slightly pink areas can easily be hidden by makeup while the skin regenerates and restores itself.
What kinds of scars can laser skin resurfacing treat?
Acne scars are the most common type of facial scar treated by laser skin resurfacing, but the technique can also be used to treat other types of scars, including scars from small cuts or other injuries. Prior to treatment, your skin will be carefully assessed to determine if laser resurfacing is the best option to achieve the results you’re looking for.
Don’t let scars ruin your self-confidence. Halo Laser and Aesthetic Medicine is a top provider of laser skin resurfacing procedures aimed at reducing the appearance of scars so you can feel better about the way you look. To find out if laser resurfacing is right for you, call our office and schedule an appointment today.