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 Physician Directed Medical Aesthetics offers multiple scar treatment options to eliminate or reduce your facial scarring.
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. Shehla Ebrahim will recommend the best approach.
What Afterglow Can Do For Scars
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. 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 practitioner 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. 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.
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.
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. 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.