A scar often results from the body’s natural healing process. However, highly visible 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 your scars.
Call today at 888-610-3133 to schedule your scar removal consultation.
- Understanding Scars
- Exploring Your Scar Removal Treatment Options
- Fractional CO2 Laser
- Pulsed Dye Laser for Hypertrophic Scars
- Steroid Injections for Keloid Scars
- Silicone Sheets and Biocorneum Sunblock
- Skin Care After Scar Removal Treatments
- Why Choose JUVA Skin & Laser Center for Scar Removal
Scars form when the skin is damaged and new collagen fibers are formed to mend that damage. Skin damage can occur due to a variety of factors including, surgeries, accidents, and 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 quality than the surrounding skin.
Your body’s ability to blend the new scar tissue with the surrounding skin depends on the size and type of the wound and your age and overall skin health.
Different types of scars can form on your skin. While many scars appear flat and pale, some scars are raised due to an excess of collagen production in the healing process. These raised scars are called hypertrophic scars. When the healing process is overzealous, scars can grow beyond the bounds of the original wound. These scars are referred to as keloid scars. Atrophic, or depressed, scars are those that dip below the skin line, as often happens with acne scars.
The different types of scars react differently to treatment for scar removal. For example, acne scars are sometimes best treated with laser skin resurfacing while hypertrophic scars may respond better to pulsed dye laser treatment. Our dermatologists can recommend the right treatment to best reduce the appearance of the scars on your skin.
Exploring Your Scar Removal Treatment Options
At JUVA Skin & Laser Center, we offer our patients a variety of scar removal options to suit each patient’s individual needs. You may benefit from any of the following treatments. In consultation with our experienced dermatologists, we can select the appropriate treatment for you.
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 assist in faster healing times. The fractional laser is safe and effective for all skin types and is particularly effective for treating acne scars and surgical scars in addition to resurfacing 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 over the next three to six months.
Bellafill is a revolutionary dermal filler that provides our patients with results that can last up to five years. For acne scars and other depressed scars, Bellafill provides a more even and youthful plumpness to the skin. 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 supportive 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.
Pulsed Dye Laser for Hypertrophic Scars
The pulsed dye laser (PDL ) can improve scar texture and color for hypertrophic scars. PDL uses a concentrated beam of 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 and can be completed in a few minutes without anesthesia. Depending on the scar, you may need several treatments for the best results.
Microneedling is suitable for all skin types and is one of the safest treatments available today. A special EndyMed device is used during treatment to perforate the top layer of skin. The tiny holes created during microneedling do not damage the outer layer of skin, but they do trigger your skin’s natural collagen production response. This allows your skin to reduce the appearance of scars by healing itself.
You may experience some skin redness for a few hours following your microneedling treatment, but then you will begin to see a reduction in the visibility of your scar.
Steroid injections for Keloid Scars
Keloid scars are often dark colored and hard to the touch. They can continue to grow because of the body’s overactive healing response if left untreated and can cause you a great deal of embarrassment. To stop the growth of keloids, steroid injections can be used. Steroids help “turn off” the fibroblasts that are causing growth and can encourage your skin to remodel the scar tissue like normal skin.
Steroid injections can help diminish the appearance of keloids, but usually, cannot remove the scar. You may need laser treatment to further eliminate the scar. Several sessions will be required to achieve full scar removal results.
Silicone Sheets and Biocorneum Sunblock
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 to protect healing scars. The silicone sheets help to reduce scar tissue by discouraging unbalanced fibroblast growth. Sunscreen protects the scar from darkening due to UV ray exposure.
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.
Skin Care After Scar Removal Treatments
After your personalized treatment, we will discuss the specific care necessary for your needs; however, there are some general guidelines to follow.
- Take precautions to protect your skin from sun exposure. We may recommend avoiding direct sun exposure for a specific time period (usually 48 hours), but always treat your skin with care when it comes to the sun’s harmful rays. On a daily basis, use sunscreen, wear clothing and hats that shelter 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.
- Keep your skin moisturized, but in the first couple of days after treatment, avoid products with retinoids, glycolic acids, and vitamin C. 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 naturally heals after scar removal treatments.
- Avoid strenuous activities. Allow your body to rest while your skin recovers from scar treatment.
Why Choose JUVA Skin & Laser Center for Scar Removal
Scar removal treatment must be conducted delicately. 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 treatment to meet your cosmetic goals.
To discuss your scar removal options, please contact JUVA Skin & Laser Center in Manhattan for a consultation by calling us at 888-610-3133 or completing the form on this page. We welcome patients throughout New York City and worldwide.