Scars: They No Longer Need to Be for Life

A scar is a physical representation of some sort of past wound. A raised or depressed scar can serve as a lifelong reminder of the incident that left the scar. It can also serve as a permanent reminder of a time in your life where you were ashamed or embarrassed by skin dotted with acne.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be “scarred for life,” as the saying goes. You can reduce the appearance of visible scars with the help of a noninvasive Icon™ laser treatment.

How do scars form?

When you injure your skin, your body starts the process of repairing it. If the injury is deep, more than just a surface scrape, your body goes into collagen production mode to build a layer of skin to repair and protect that cut or injury. That layer of skin may form a scar. It’s part of the body’s natural healing process.

Acne scars form if the pimple erupts and damages the skin tissue. Popping and squeezing pimples increases the chances of acne scarring. Large, pus-filled blemishes may form scars after they clear up, even if they’re left alone to resolve on their own.

Types of scars

If your body makes too much collagen, your scar raises above the skin. Raised scars, also called, hypertrophic scars, are more common on the back and chest.

If your body doesn’t produce enough collagen, you can end up with the opposite — a depressed scar. Depressed scars, also called atrophic, boxcar, icepick, and rolling scars, are more commonly found on the face as a result of acne.

How the Icon laser fades your scars

Some scars fade on their own over time. But if your scars don’t fade at all, or not enough to make you feel secure about your appearance, the Icon laser can reduce the appearance of your scars and make you feel more confident about your skin.

The Icon laser delivers pulses of energy deep into your skin to boost collagen production. This type of collagen-boosting treatment is especially beneficial to depressed scars. Over time, the new collagen fills in the depressed areas to make your skin look smooth and glowing.

For raised scars, the fractional laser component of the Icon laser can break up excess skin fibers from raised scars and reduce their appearance. The bonus of an Icon laser treatment is that not only does it help fade the appearance of your scars, it also improves the tone, texture, and appearance of your skin. It can address wrinkles, dark spots, sun damage, and stretch marks.

Another bonus is that the treatment is long-lasting. In many cases, a few sessions scheduled mere weeks apart is the best plan to maximize your scar reduction and skin improvement. Dr. Jay Trussler develops a personalized program based on your goals and the area you want treated.

If you have a scar you’re eager to get rid of, call Dr. Trussler’s office or make an appointment online.

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