How Does Scarring Happen?
Scar formation is a natural part of the healing process after injury .
Various factors influence how your skin scars. Of course, the depth and size of the wound or incision and the location of the injury are going to impact the the scar’s characteristics. But your age, heredity, even your sex or ethnicity, will all affect how your skin reacts.
What Are The Types of Scars?
These are several different types of scars including:
Keloid scars. These scars are the result of an overly aggressive healing process. These scars extend beyond the original injury. Over time, a keloid scar may affect mobility. Possible treatments include surgical removal, or injections with steroids. You can also prevent keloid formation by using gel pads with silicone when you sustain an injury.
Hypertrophic scars. Raised and red scars that are similar to keloids, but do not breach the boundaries of the injury site. Possible treatments can include injections of steroids to reduce inflammation.
Acne scars. If you’ve had severe acne, you probably have the scars to prove it. There are many types of acne scars, ranging from deep pits to scars that are angular or wavelike in appearance.
Treatments include surgical removal, or injections with steroids, antiproliferatives. Other available treatments for acne scars are IPL rejuvenation, microdermabrasion, chemical peel and topical retinoids.
What is it?
The latest technology for scar treatment
SCAAR FX™( Synergistic Coagulation and Ablation for Advanced Resurfacing ) is a new minimally-invasive laser scar treatment alternative, offering dramatic improvement in severe scars. SCAAR FX™ is a deep fractional resurfacing solution offered as part of the Lumenis UltraPulse® system.
With SCAAR FX™ your physician can offer you a treatment regimen that addresses the tone and texture of your scars, as well as their pliability and the pain and itching. SCAAR FX™ is safe and effective for laser scar removal, burn scar treatment and scar revision.”
When will I see results?
SCAAR FX™ is the safest and deepest penetrating laser treatment. Therefore, dramatic results can be achieved relatively quickly and in a minimally-invasive manner. A major improvement in pliability is often achieved after the first treatment. Depending on the characteristics of the scar, it may take 1-5 treatments to achieve major cosmetic and functional improvements. You should expect to continue to see improvement for up to two years following the last procedure.
What can I expect after the treatment ?
Immediately following treatment, your skin will be warm, red and swollen to varying degrees, depending on your customized treatment settings. Most patients are able to resume their daily activities within a week. To support you in the healing process, a daily skincare routine should be prescribed and dressings should possibly be applied to protect the treated area.
How does it work?
SCAAR FX™ technology
Scars are rigid, fibrous formations of skin, resulting from the body’s natural healing response following injury or trauma. The Lumenis® fractional laser creates microscopic channels that break down the rigid fibers in the scar and trigger the production of new collagen and elastic fibers, while leaving some unaffected skin in between the channels to reduce healing time. The result is deep dermal regeneration that dramatically improves the elasticity and appearance of your scar. The unique power and precision of Lumenis® technology enables your physician to customize treatments for your specific scar, with optimal safety and healing time.
To minimize discomfort during treatments, a local anesthetic should be applied to numb your skin. Depending on the treatment area, you can expect the session to last from a few minutes for a small surgical scar, to 20-30 minutes for a larger scar and up to one hour for very large areas. During the treatment you may feel a warm and slightly stinging sensation as the laser is applied. In some cases, depending on the severity and characteristics of the scar, some pain might be unavoidable.