Scar Removal in Encinitas, CA
Causes of scar formationWhen the skin is traumatized due to pimple popping, surgery, or outside events, the body works to repair the damage by generating new collagen. This collagen is thicker and more ropelike than the normally smooth, flexible collagen we have in our skin. Over time, the body works to change this ropy collagen into the normal collagen, but the body doesn't ever quite get it right and a scar is formed. If the body has an over-exuberant response to the initial trauma, a hypertrophic scar or a keloid can form. Additionally, the body can underproduce the ropy scar collagen which results in an atrophic or depressed scar. These are often the type of scars created by acne. Thankfully, each of these scars can be treated with lasers.
About scar treatmentThe treatment of scars has been performed using lasers since the 1980s. With the introduction of the Fraxel laser, scar treatment has vastly improved. The Fraxel laser removes the bad ropy collagen and stimulates the body to generate new flexible collagen in its place. The Fraxel laser works for regular scars, atrophic, and hypertrophic scars. It is especially well suited for acne scars. It does not carry the same risks of surgery, i.e. worsening of the scar or spreading of the scar, as the skin is never broken. Laser treatment is associated with minimal discomfort and little downtime. Laser therapy is precise, accurate and effective. Additionally, if the scar is discolored with red or brown, these discolorations can be treated with other lasers such as the ExcelV.
Fraxel is a non-invasive treatment for skin rejuvenation. Specifically, it helps to decrease fine lines and wrinkles, and refresh the tone and texture of the skin. It can be used anywhere on the skin but usually it is used on the face, neck, chest, and backs of the hands.
Who is a good candidate for Fraxel?
Anyone with sun damaged skin looking to refresh their look is an excellent candidate for Fraxel. Fraxel helps to increase collagen and elastin, therefore decreasing fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps to prevent new wrinkles from forming, because the collagen is more supportive of the skin.
How does Fraxel work?
Fraxel works by generating numerous micro thermal zones in the skin. These zones are little columns of heat, kind of like aerating your lawn that generates new collagen and elastin. This new collagen and elastin is what is produced to decrease your fine lines and wrinkles. These columns also allow your body to extrude the sun damaged bad collagen and elastin that you don’t want in your skin.
How do you prepare for your Fraxel treatment?
2 weeks prior to your Fraxel treatment you should be wearing broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen every day to ensure that you are as least tan as possible on your day of treatment. On the day of your procedure, you should take an oral antihistamine like Zyrtec or Allegra to decrease the risk of having any post-operative swelling. When you arrive at the Skin & Vein Institute, you will be brought into our numbing room where you will relax and numb for about 45 minutes. Then you will move to our procedure room where you will experience the treatment which is very painless. And during the procedure you have a cool air blowing on you to help increase the comfort.
What happens on the day of your Fraxel treatment?
The treatment lasts about 20 minutes and typically patients are satisfied after one treatment but sometimes they want a second one for that further collagen boost. Additionally I recommend that my patients have this treatment annually to continue to build the collagen since we live here in sunny San Diego where the sun is always out and continually damaging our collagen.
Is there downtime or side effects? What the post care instructions?
After your Fraxel procedure, there is minimal downtime. To minimize this amount even further, we send you home with our post care kit which includes a thermal spring water and a healing cream which helps to speed recovery. You will also notice a few little specks on your skin like coffee grounds, which are the sun damaged bad collagen being extruded from your skin to make way for your new healthy collagen. Some patients very rarely experience swelling after the procedure sometimes between days one and four and this is best mitigated by taking your antihistamine prior to the procedure so that it doesn’t happen.
Is it safe and effective?
Fraxel is a safe and effective non-invasive procedure to help decrease fine lines and wrinkles. It stimulates your own natural collagen to be produced which helps to give yourself a refreshed, natural healthy glow. It can be used anywhere on the skin and the results are long-lasting because it is your own natural collagen.
Clear And Brilliant Treatment
Clear and Brilliant is an excellent treatment for improving the tone, texture and pore size of the face. It also helps to decrease the fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating your body to make its own natural collagen. Additionally, it has no downtime which is the best part of the Clear and Brilliant.
What locations is Clear and Brilliant used to treat?
Clear and Brilliant is best used for treatment of the face, neck, chest and hands. Typically, patients are satisfied after a series of three treatments. However, I recommend additional single treatments every 4 to 6 months to continue to build your own natural collagen, as unfortunately we keep aging, and then the environment keeps degrading our own collagen.
On what skin types can Clear and Brilliant treatment be used?
Clear and Brilliant can be used in all skin types. Therefore, anyone looking to improve the tone and texture of their skin, as well as decrease fine lines and wrinkles and have no downtime is an excellent candidate for this procedure.
How does the Clear and Brilliant treatment work?
Clear and Brilliant works by making small micro thermal zones in the skin, which are heated columns which stimulate your body to make its own natural collagen, and allows your body to extrude the damaged unhealthy collagen through the channels.
How do you prepare for your Clear and Brilliant treatment? And what happens on your treatment day?
2 weeks prior to your Clear and Brilliant procedure, you should be diligently wearing your broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen every day. Then on the day of your procedure, you will arrive at the Skin & Vein Institute and be brought back into our numbing room. You will numb for about 45 minutes and then will be brought to the procedure room, the procedure is virtually painless and you have a cool air blowing on your skin to make it even more painless. Then after the procedure, antioxidants will be applied to your skin to further enhance the collagen building.
What are the post care instructions?
After the Clear and Brilliant, you’ll be pink for about 30 minutes which will then fade very quickly. Other than that, there is absolutely no downtime, which is wonderful for our active, healthy San Diego patients. In the morning, you will wake up and notice a sandpaper feel to your face which is not visible to the naked eye and covers completely with makeup. Over the next week I recommend you continue to wear your broad spectrum, daily sunscreen, as well as use a gentle cleanser and do not exfoliate the little bumps off your skin as they need to fall off on their own so that new collagen can replace the damaged collagen.
Is Clear & Brilliant safe and effective?
Clear & Brilliant is safe and effective for all skin types, and is the perfect procedure for someone who doesn’t want any downtime, but wants to refresh their look, build up their own natural collagen, and look stunning always.
Advantages of scar treatmentLaser scar treatment comes with many benefits:
- Few risks
- Little discomfort
- Minimal downtime
Each scar is unique in size, shape, thickness, and color. No two patients or scars are alike. A single treatment or a combination may be necessary to get the best results. Let board-certified dermatologist Dr. Lloyd lead you toward the best scar treatment for your needs.
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