Scar Treatments / Revision in Vancouver
Scars are a normal part of the healing process. As your skin heals after damage, the body generates new tissue from collagen. However, scars can develop in different ways, for some they fade over time and for others they can appear lumpy, red, dark, or raised.
Scars can develop anywhere on the skin. There are several types of scars, including:
- Depressed (atrophic): These sunken scars often result from chickenpox or acne. They look like rounded pits or small indentations in the skin. Also called ice pick scars, they develop most often on the face. Acne scars may become more noticeable as you age because the skin loses collagen and elasticity over time.
- Flat: Although it may be slightly raised at first, this type of scar flattens out as it heals. Flat scars are often pink or red. Over time, they may become slightly lighter or darker than the surrounding skin.
- Keloids: These scars are raised above the skin’s surface, are enlarged and spread beyond the wounded area.
- Raised (hypertrophic): You can feel a hypertrophic scar when you run your finger over it. These raised scars may get smaller over time, but they never completely flatten out. Unlike keloids, they don’t grow or spread beyond the wounded area.
- Stretch marks: When skin expands or shrinks quickly, the connective tissues under the skin can be damaged. Stretchmarks often develop during pregnancy, puberty or after gaining or losing a lot of weight. They usually appear on the breasts, stomach, thighs and upper arms.
While some people wear their scars with pride as a testament to their lives, many people are keen to have the appearance of their scars minimized as much as possible. Scars tell a story, but it isn’t always a story they want to share.
There are a number of different options to help reduce the appearance of your scars.
Surgical Scar Revision
For a select group of patients, a scar revision may improve the appearance of an unsightly scar obtained from previous surgery, trauma or skin condition. Frequently used in combination with laser treatment, this procedure can improve the appearance of external scars. Poorly positioned scars can be repositioned, and contour problems can be corrected. Effort is made to place the final scars in anatomic lines in order to camouflage their appearance.
Laser Scar Therapy
Laser scar therapy is an excellent way to treat the texture and tone of a scar.
The Lumenis® ResurFX™ treatment is a fractional scar solution, which can significantly improve scars from acne, surgery or trauma, and stretch marks, enabling us to offer you remarkable results for younger, healthier, glowing looking skin.
Our unique fractional rejuvenation technology, the ResuFX non-ablative skin resurfacing stimulates the production of new collagen and elastic fibres in the deep layers of skin. Stimulating new collagen is the key to a more radiant, youthful looking skin.
The appearance of scars, stretchmarks and pigmentation loss can be softened with this tattoo service to reduce their contrast, colour and consistency. This is a detailed slow process with colours custom mixed for your specific case.
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