Scars are a natural part of the healing process. However, unsightly scars can leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance. At JUVA Skin & Laser Center, we can help you explore your scar removal options and recommend the best treatment to reduce the appearance of these marks.
Call 212-688-5882 today to schedule your scar removal consultation with our award-winning board-certified dermatologists. We happily welcome patients from NYC, Manhattan, Woodside, and around the world.
- Understanding Scars
- Common Types of Scars
- Explore Your Scar Removal Treatment Options
- Laser Scar Removal
- Bellafill for Atrophic Scars
- RF Microneedling
- Steroid Injections For Keloid Scars
- Scar Removal Aftercare
- Wound Care to Prevent or Lessen Scars
- Options for Early Scar Protection
- Why Choose JUVA Skin & Laser Center For Scar Removal
- Schedule Your Consultation or Treatment
Scars form when the deep layer of the skin, known as the dermis, is damaged. Skin damage can occur due to a variety of factors, including:
- Common skin conditions such as acne
When your skin begins to repair itself after being damaged, the new tissue will consist of a different texture and condition than the surrounding area. In most cases, your skin does not repair itself perfectly. That’s because a scar is your body’s way of making a quick patch over the site of a wound.
Over time, your body will try to fix the unsightly mark. However, your body's ability to do so depends on the size and type of scar as well as personal factors including genetics, age, and skin health. In many cases, your body is not able to significantly improve the look and feel of a scar without help from professional treatments.
Common Types of Scars
To find the right scar treatment, you need to understand the type, or types, of scar you are dealing with. Many scars have a flat and pale appearance. The marks that don’t fit this description fall into one of three categories:
- Hypertrophic scars: Some scars become raised due to excess collagen production during the healing process. These raised scars are called hypertrophic scars. Hypertrophic scars stay within the boundary of the injury.
- Keloid scars: When the healing process is particularly overreactive, scars can expand far beyond the bounds of the original wound. These raised, lumpy scars are referred to as keloid scars. Unlike hypertrophic scars, they are often dark in color and can be hard to the touch.
Women, individuals with darker skin, and people with a family history of keloids are more at risk for forming these marks. Without treatment, keloid scars will typically continue to grow. Eventually, they may begin to hamper movement or cause irritation.
- Atrophic scars: Depressed, or atrophic, scars are those that dip below the surface of the skin. These distinct marks are typically the result of a collagen shortage during the healing phase. Many stubborn acne scars are atrophic.
You may experience pigmentation issues with any of the scars mentioned above. Sometimes, scars appear red or brown. This is known as hyperpigmentation. Other times, scars appear lighter than the surrounding area, which is referred to as hypopigmentation.
Different types of scars react differently to scar removal treatments. Our experienced Manhattan dermatologists can recommend the right treatment to best reduce the appearance of the scars on your skin.
Explore Your Scar Removal Treatment Options
At JUVA Skin & Laser Center, we offer a wide variety of effective and proven scar removal options to suit your individual needs. The ideal time to treat scars is about eight weeks after the initial injury. However, this is not always possible. Thankfully, even scars that are years old can be improved with the right service.
Our experienced staff members are committed to providing you with options for achieving noticeable results with minimal to no downtime. You may benefit from one service or a customized treatment plan that incorporates several of the scar fading methods listed below. When several services are performed to improve the appearance of your scar, it is known as combination therapy.
Laser Scar Removal
Our laser scar removal technologies allow us to safely, effectively and, non-surgically remove many types of scars, alleviating these cosmetic issues and enhancing your self-confidence. It wasn't always easy to remove scars. But through the use of our accurate, precision-engineered medical lasers, we are able to improve scars through a series of short, relatively pain-free appointments.
Laser scar removal has a number of benefits, including:
- The treatments are effective and produce remarkable results
- The sessions involve little to no pain or discomfort
- There's no recovery or downtime
Fractional CO2 Laser
The Fractional CO2 Laser is a state-of-the-art, noninvasive skin rejuvenation treatment that provides beautiful results with minimal downtime or discomfort. The fractional laser is so named because it treats only a fraction of the skin in the treatment area. This means healthy skin in the treatment area can help speed up the healing process.
The fractional laser is safe and effective for all skin types and is particularly effective for treating acne scars, surgical scars, and burn scars. This device can also resurface the skin for the treatment of wrinkles and sun damage.
The Fractional CO2 Laser works by penetrating the deeper layers of the skin with pixelated shafts of focused light. The skin reacts by producing new healthy collagen that smooths out existing scars. You may see some immediate results, but final results will appear as your skin heals.
Pulsed Dye Laser
The pulsed dye laser (PDL) can improve scar texture and color. The PDL uses a concentrated beam of safe yellow light to target blood vessels in the skin. The light heats the targeted blood vessels and eliminates them while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
PDL treatment is safe and effective. A session can be completed in a few minutes without anesthesia. This approach is appropriate for most scar types, including hypertrophic. Depending on the scar, you may need several treatments for the best results.
Bellafill for Atrophic Scars
Bellafill is a revolutionary dermal filler that provides results that can last up to five years. For acne scars and other depressed scars, Bellafill helps lift the affected tissue and align it with your skin level. Unlike other dermal fillers made from hyaluronic acid, Bellafill restores the skin rather than simply dissolving over time.
Bellafill’s polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres are suspended in a collagen gel for injection. Once injected, the PMMA microspheres form a unique support structure that your natural collagen can build on. As Bellafill dissolves, it leaves your skin with a strong collagen foundation to retain its improved appearance.
Microneedling is suitable for all skin types and is one of the safest treatments available today. When it comes to treating scars, microneedling treatments that incorporate radio frequency therapy are particularly effective.
The tiny injuries created during microneedling do not damage the outer layer of skin, but they do trigger your skin’s natural collagen production response. This process is accelerated by the warmth provided by radiofrequency energy. This combination reduces the appearance of scars by allowing your skin to tap into its natural healing process.
You may experience some skin redness for a few hours following your microneedling treatment. You should begin to see a reduction in the visibility of your scar that will improve over time. Multiple sessions generally offer the most significant improvement.
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Steroid Injections For Keloid Scars
Steroid injections are often a great solution for people suffering from keloid scars. Steroids help “turn off” the fibroblasts that are causing growth while encouraging your skin to remodel the scar tissue.
While steroid injections can help diminish the appearance of keloids, they usually cannot remove the scar entirely. Our dermatologists may suggest supplementing your injections with laser treatments or another scar removal method. In most cases, several sessions will be required to achieve full results.
Scar Removal Aftercare
Our dermatologists will discuss the specific aftercare required after your scar removal treatment. These steps can vary depending on the service and your unique needs. However, there are some general guidelines that you can expect to follow.
- Protect your skin from sun exposure: We will recommend avoiding direct sun exposure for a specific time period (usually 48 hours). However, you should always treat your skin with care when it comes to the sun’s harmful rays. Use sunscreen daily, wear clothing and hats that cover your skin, and seek shade as often as possible.
- Cleanse your skin gently: Do not use harsh products or scrubs on your skin. Allow your skin time to heal naturally.
- Avoid powerful actives: For several days following a treatment, you should avoid products with retinoid, glycolic acid, and vitamin C. Instead, stick to gentle skin care products and ask us for recommendations if you are unsure what to use.
- Do not wear makeup on the treated area: Your skin needs time to recover as it heals after scar removal treatments. Our dermatologists will tell you when it is okay to apply makeup after a specific service.
Wound Care to Prevent or Lessen Scars
The way that you care for a wound or other form of skin damage can play a significant role in the way that your skin heals. By taking the appropriate steps, it’s possible to minimize scarring or prevent a mark from forming at all. Keep in mind that scars can still form despite your best efforts.
First and foremost, ensure that your wound is clean by gently rinsing it with soap and water. Avoid hydrogen peroxide, the liquid first aid substance that creates white bubbles when you apply it. While this reaction may seem to indicate a deep clean, it can actually cause damage. Lastly, keep the injury moist with petroleum jelly and apply a sterile bandage to protect the area.
Options for Early Scar Protection
In the first year that a scar is healing, it is important to shield the scar from sun exposure. A combination of silicone sheets and sunscreen is ideal for protecting healing scars. The silicone sheets help reduce scar tissue by discouraging unbalanced fibroblast growth. Meanwhile, sunscreen protects the scar from darkening due to UV ray exposure.
There are several effective products on the market that are ideal for promoting early scar healing. Biocorneum is an advanced silicone gel that contains SPF for sun protection. Once Biocorneum dries, it forms an invisible silicone sheet covering the scar to protect the skin from hyperpigmentation and further color change. Our dermatologists can examine your scar and help you select the appropriate products to use during the initial healing phase.
Why Choose JUVA Skin & Laser Center For Scar Removal
Scar removal treatment must be conducted delicately. Many scars result from a deviation in the normal healing process, and it's important to work with someone who understands which treatments will diminish scars and which might trigger new scars.
At JUVA Skin & Laser Center, our world-renowned dermatologists can evaluate the scars on your skin and recommend the best treatment for you. With the latest laser technology and other treatment tools available, we can offer you the best scar fading service to meet your cosmetic goals.
Learn More About Laser and Other Scar Removal Options in NYC
To discuss your scar removal options, please contact JUVA Skin & Laser Center for a consultation by calling us at 212-688-5882 or completing our contact form. We welcome patients from NYC, Manhattan, Woodside, and around the world.