Do you have a scar that makes you feel self-conscious about your appearance? While makeup can be an effective way to cover scars, sometimes it just makes the scar more obvious or fails to cover it completely. Your doctor offers several treatments that can improve the appearance of your scar. Your Encino, CA doctor, Alex Eshaghian, MD, PhD, shares information about several common scar removal procedures.
If your scar is indented, a dermal filler can plump the skin, making the scar less noticeable. Your dermatologist injects the filler directly into the area. You'll probably see some improvement immediately, although it may take several treatments to experience the full effects of filler treatment. Fillers usually last several years before they must be reinjected.
Microdermabrasion removes the top layers of your skin, minimizing acne and other shallow scars. During treatment, a fine spray of micro crystals removes outer skin cells, revealing fresher looking skin underneath.
If your acne scars are deep or you have pox marks or scarring from an injury, dermabrasion is a better choice than microdermabrasion. During the treatment, your Encino, CA doctor removes several layers of your skin with a device that features a wire brush or diamond wheel. You'll receive anesthetic for the treatment and may need to take over-the-counter pain medications for a few days. In about a week, new skin will begin to appear.
Chemical peels also remove outer layers of the skin. Peels are available in three strengths: superficial, medium and deep. Deep peels can be used to remove shallow scars. Your face will be coated with a topical anesthetic before treatment begins, and you will need to take pain killers for a few days after treatment. Recovery time usually takes about two weeks, although your face may still be a little red for a few weeks or months.
Laser treatments are very effective in treating scars. They use energy from a targeted beam of light to break up scar tissue, soften the scar, stimulate collagen production and help healthy tissue grow. Laser treatment usually involves no downtime and minimal pain. You may notice that your scar looks red and swollen for a few days after treatment.
Are you interested in scar removal? Call Dr. Eshaghian, your Encino, CA doctor, at (818) 835-1833 and schedule an appointment today. Thanks to innovative skin treatments, you don't have to live with a scar any longer.