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Scar Removal

Scars often develop after severe acne, chickenpox, accidents or surgical procedures. Most scars will improve somewhat with time, but early intervention can help rebuild collagen and improve remodeling, minimizing their appearance. There are numerous types of scars, each with its own optimal treatment modality. In general, scars can be divided into hypertrophic or atrophic subtypes.

Hypertrophic (raised) scars benefit from vessels targeting lasers and deep laser resurfacing, sometimes in combination with steroid injections into the scar.

Atrophic (depressed) scars come in different varieties. Those that have sharp edges (some acne and surgical scars) are either treated with a resurfacing laser to smooth out the edges, or the scar is removed surgically and re-sutured properly. Scars that have soft edges are easier to treat. These are best filled using injection of a filling agent, or by stimulating production of one’s own collagen using lighter non-ablative resurfacing lasers. Subcision is a minimally invasive surgical method that involves numbing the skin with local anesthesia, and then breaking the scar using a special needle. This technique not only breaks the fibers of scars tissue that depress the skin, it also stimulates new collagen formation that elevates the scar.

Stretch marks can be likened to a depressed scar that is due to over stretching of the skin (with pregnancy or weight gain). At Skin Experts, we achieve good results using lasers that stimulate collagen to improve the texture and appearance of the stretch marks, often in combination with microneedling sessions and home care.