Scar treatment

Facial scarring is a source of low self-esteem for men, women and children. Fortunately, your scars can be erased or minimized with today's technology.

Facial scarring is usually a result of cystic acne trauma, burns, surgery, or a result of aggressive chicken pox. Scars form as part of your body's healing process in response to multiple layers of skin injury.

Afterglow Medical Aesthetics & Skin Care offers multiple scar treatment options to eliminate or reduce your facial scarring.

Excisional surgery and Punch Grafting

Excisional surgery is the cutting away of scar tissue. Punch grafting is the removal of the scar and replacement by small skin grafts. Soft tissue augmentation uses natural or synthetic fillers such as dermalogen, haform, restylane, or others. The duration of the improvement depends on the size and location of the scar treated, as well as the scar treatment material.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

The physician uses a controlled beam of energy allowing for exact penetration of depth into the dermis in order to vaporize the damaged acne-scarred skin in a safe and predictable manner.

The treated areas begin a regeneration process, resulting in regrowth, healing, and smoother, more even skin.

It is most widely used as a treatment for the face but can be done on the neck, chest and back as well.

Benefits include:

  • Precision of the laser
  • Minimal scarring
  • Minimal downtime
  • Improved therapeutic results
  • Reduced risk of infection

Afterglow's state-of-the-art laser skin resurfacing technology is the industry gold standard. The procedure is a very precise, controlled, physician administered treatment where thin sections of skin are removed, layer by layer, and are replaced by younger skin growth.

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Keloid and Hypertrophic Scars

A hypertrophic scar is a thickened scar that forms due to injury to the skin. The scar does not go beyond the border of the cut or surgical wound. A keloid literally means a "crab-like" scar and extends beyond the border of the affected area. Hypertrophic scars flatten out spontaneously within a year. If the scar is still raised after one year, it will not usually flatten on its own. Keloid scars often continue increase in size for several years.

Depending upon the size, location, thickness and depth of the scars, Dr Ebrahim will recommend the best approach.

If you are located in North Vancouver, West Van, Burnaby or Vancouver, contact us for a free appointment to find out which procedure is right for you.

ProFractional™ for Acne Scars

The ProFractional ™ resurfacing technology has revolutionized treatment for acne-scarred skin. Cosmetic enhancement with a ProFractional™ laser treatment can dramatically improve pigmentation changes caused by acne with little to no downtime, thanks to its revolutionary fractionated technology.

The fractional laser technique is designed to target specific portions of damaged tissue. It creates tiny channels reaching depths appropriate for correcting acne scars. The treated areas stimulate the production of collagen, plumping up the skin and smoothing the scars and irregularities in the skin.

By creating microscopic "wounds" within the targeted areas, the treatment triggers the body's natural healing process accelerating the production of collagen and new, healthy skin cells.

This technology leaves the surrounding tissue unaffected and intact, allowing your skin to heal much faster than if the entire skin surface were treated at once.

This great advancement allows for just a few days' healing time and produces excellent results.

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Dermal Fillers for Acne Scars

Dermal fillers are substances that are injected just below the surface of the acne scar. The substances add volume by raising the surface of the skin. This results in a smoother, softer looking skin surface.

Patients generally feel very little discomfort and there is minimal downtime involved.

The best results are witnessed with very deep scarring that can not successfully be treated with other standard therapies/treatments (i.e., laser or light-based treatments).

Treatment of acne scars through dermal filling requires a consultation with Dr. Ebrahim coupled with a well-thought-out corrective plan. There is a range of dermal fillers available today which are derived from various sources.

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Contact us to discuss your scar treatment. In Vancouver, call (604) 980-3993 or email info@afterglowskincare.ca.