Scars serve as our body’s way of keeping us safe and reminders of our past. However, scars can develop in shapes and ways that make us feel uncomfortable or affect our self-image.
That’s why practices like our team at Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute provide many options for scar revision and removal. In this post, we’ll be exploring the five different options that our staff offers so you can better understand which is right for your needs.
Skin Laser Treatment
Laser treatments are used in a wide range of skin treatments, including scar revision. We use a Cynosure Icon 1540 nm Erbium glass XD/XF laser designed to coagulate the scar tissue and induce the body’s healing response. This will precisely damage the skin and allow the body to replace the scar tissue with new and healthy skin.
This type of treatment is effective for keloid, atrophic, and hypertrophic scarring. However, other lasers like the Excel V KTP Laser and Erbium: Yag can also be used to treat scar tissue.
Cryoshape is a type of cryotherapy designed to effectively treat keloid scars. The Cryoshape device utilizes liquid nitrogen to freeze the keloid scar tissue for removal. The entire process takes under 45 minutes, is minimally invasive, and is virtually painless.
Microneedling is a common cosmetic treatment used to induce collagen production in a treatment area. Our staff uses microneedling to treat smaller scars like acne scars that can benefit from increased collagen production. Microneedling is often done in a series of treatments to produce the best results by giving the body time to heal in-between appointments.
Subcision is a minor surgical procedure designed to treat scars that depress the skin. These “valley” scars are corrected by surgically cutting the fibrous bands of connective scar tissue. The skin will then be able to smooth and become level without the tension.
Platelet-rich plasma treatments, also known as PRP, use your own blood’s plasma as a way to stimulate the body’s healing and growth. PRP could be used to stimulate the production of collagen and improve the appearance of your scar.
Scar Revision Treatment in Seattle, WA
The Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute, led by Dr. Steven Greene, is proud to offer a variety of treatment options for scar revision. Dr. Greene has over 25 years of experience and brings expertise and care to every procedure. If you’re considering scar revision treatment, contact Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute at (206) 402-4797 to book an appointment today.