What are Scars?
Scars are areas of fibrous tissue (fibrosis) that replace normal skin after injury. A scar results from the biological process of wound repair in the skin and other tissues of the body. With the exception of very minor lesions, every wound (e.g. after accident, disease, surgery) results in some degree of scarring. Scar tissue is the same protein (collagen) as normal skin, but with a different pattern. Another cause of scarring is acne where the inflammation from the acne can cause a change in the collagen. Regardless of the causes of scarring, there are ways to improve them at Frederick Dermatology.
How we treat acne scars and surgical scars:
There are many ways to treat acne and surgical scarring. One of them is Dermapen® which can provide dramatic results improving the appearance of scars with NO DOWNTIME. The microneedles of the Dermapen create new and reshaped collagen. The physical nature of “skin-needling” breaks up this fibrous and uneven scar tissue and stimulates the growth of new tissue. At the same time the surface skin or epidermis remains intact which leads to quicker healing time and causes less pain.
Other ways we treat scars:
The Total FX is a fractionated carbon dioxide laser treatment that treats only a fraction of the skin, leaving bridges of untouched skin that aid in the healing process and reduce healing times enabling you to return to normal activities quicker. Unlike traditional carbon dioxide lasers, the Total FX and its fractionated capabilities allows for greater effectiveness, but even more important, better safety with less chance of side effects. Click here to learn more about the Total FX treatment.
We also use Infini to treat scars and stretch marks. Infini is High Intensity Focused RF with insulated microneedles. It is a relatively new option to treat textural irregularities like wrinkling and acne scarring. In addition, patients can expect some tightening with Infini treatments as well. Click here to learn more about Infini.
What are stretch marks?
Stretch marks are a form of scarring on the skin with an off-color hue. They are caused by tearing of the dermis, and over time can diminish but not disappear completely. Stretch marks are often the result of the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth. Stretch marks may also be influenced by hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy, muscle building, hormone replacement therapy, etc.
How we treat stretch marks:
Various treatments are available for the purpose of improving the appearance of existing stretch marks, including laser treatments, dermabrasion, and prescription retinoids. Some cream manufacturers claim the best results are achieved on recent stretch marks; however, few studies exist to support these claims. The use of the Dermapen® uses the body’s natural solution for unsightly stretch marks. New collagen growth and stimulation is more effective for reducing and fading stretch marks. The Dermapen® does this through Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT).
The Dermapen® device allows for appropriate treatment needle depth to activate the cascade of fibroblast and growth hormone steps to generate more skin, collagen and elastin for smooth and healthy colored skin. The skin of the epidermis effectively thickens and noticeable smoother and evening of stretch marks is the result. Other methods for treating scars are the same methods for treating other scars including Infini and laser treatments.
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