Four Minimally Invasive Ways to Reduce Scars

Anytime your skin is breached and then heals, scar tissue results. Scars are permanent patches of skin that close the gap or wound, and they come in all shapes and sizes. While nothing can make your scar go away completely, there are treatments that can significantly reduce their appearance so they’re far less noticeable.

At Robert Andrews Laser and Medical Aesthetics in Colorado Springs, Colorado, our team of expert medical aestheticians offers effective, minimally invasive treatments that make your scars fade into the background and make your skin more comfortable to live in. We describe them for you here.

1. Dermaplaning

If you have minor scars, you may be a good candidate for dermaplaning, a treatment that removes the top layer of your skin using a blade. This treatment is also sometimes called microplaning or blading.

We hold the blade at a 45-degree angle and scrape the surface of your skin to carefully remove the outer layer of skin. While this sounds like a simple process, it takes a skilled professional like our aestheticians here at Robert Andrews to target the right depth to avoid damaging healthy tissue.

In addition to lifting away scar tissue, dermaplaning also rids your skin of dry, flaky dead cells, surface wrinkles, and shallow sunspots.

2. Microneedling

Some scars, called keloid or hypertrophic scars, are raised, but others leave a depression instead. Acne scars tend to fall into this category and are ideal for microneedling.

Microneedling uses a device that creates countless microscopic wounds in the surface of your skin. Your body responds to these tiny punctures with all its healing powers, including an amped-up production of collagen, the protein responsible for your skin’s strength and resilience. These micro holes also offer an ideal way for topical creams and serums to sink deep into your skin.

As collagen builds up over the next few weeks and months, your skin becomes more plump and taut, lifting your depressed scars and smoothing out the surface to reduce the appearance of your scars.

3. Chemical Peels

Like dermaplaning, chemical peels strip away the outer layers of your skin to reveal fresher, newer skin underneath — but the method is much different.

Chemical peels use various acids, such as alpha-hydroxy, glycolic, and trichloroacetic (to name a few) to get the job done. The type of acid we use depends on the depth of chemical peel you need for your scars and blemishes. Your skin reacts with the chemicals, and it peels away over a few days.

4. Laser skin resurfacing

If you want a scar treatment without any ablation at all, laser skin resurfacing is your answer. Rather than removing layers of skin or creating myriad micro injuries, laser skin resurfacing uses the power of light to penetrate the layers of your skin and heal it from within. 

We use the Palomar® fractional laser to treat scars. This device sends rapid pulses of intense light to target your scar tissue to break it up and stimulate your body’s natural healing processes that renew your skin and clear away pigmentation problems. 

If you have scars that can’t be treated by one of these methods, we also offer permanent makeup, which may cover or improve the appearance of your scar. Similar to tattooing, permanent makeup applies pigment to your skin. While many choose permanent makeup to streamline their daily cosmetic routine, it’s also a great way to permanently cover up your scars.

To find out which treatment is best for your scars, schedule an appointment using our online booking tool or give us a call today. 

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