Non-surgical Options for Scar Removal
posted on 2/25/2013
Acne scars, scars from an injury, or extreme cases of skin discoloration typically do not disappear completely on their own. While some topical skincare products can help reduce the appearance of scars and skin damage, you will still be left with an impression or indentation of the skin, and some mild discoloration.
Fortunately, there are several ways to reduce or eliminate scars from any area of the body, and there is absolutely no surgery involved. Today’s innovative non-surgical options for scar removal include Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy, chemical peels and skin resurfacing treatments.
Here’s a close look at some of the most popular non-surgical scar removal options available:
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy for Scar Removal
A series of IPL treatments can effectively reduce the appearance of scars and help the skin around the scar tissue blend easily to minimize its appearance. IPL treatments are best for superficial pigment problems, and can be also promote collagen production for healthier, more even toned skin.
Dermabrasion for Scar Removal
Dermabrasion is a fairly intensive, non-surgical treatment that is used to enhance the skin’s appearance, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and promote collagen production. The procedure can also be used to get rid of scars, and just one session is necessary to see significant results.
Chemical Peels for Scar Removal
Chemical peels work by stimulating the shedding process of the skin, and may be effective in getting rid of superficial scars and damaged skin over time. Chemical peels may be combined with light skin resurfacing treatments such as microdermabrasion for better results. There are several types of chemical peels available, each with different strengths and effects.
Laser Skin Resurfacing for Scar Removal
Laser skin resurfacing is another relatively intensive treatment for the non-surgical removal of scars, but can be very effective. Laser skin resurfacing treatments such as Fraxel work to break down damaged skin tissues and prompt the skin recovery process. Within a few weeks after the treatment, skin appears smoother, toned and restored.
Microdermabrasion for Scar Removal
If you only have superficial scars and or light scar tissue, a series of microdermabrasion treatments may by the best solution for you. Microdermabrasion is a milder form of the dermabrasion procedure, and involves the light buffing of away of skin cells. This procedure prompts collagen production so the skin appears firmer, tighter and more toned as it begins to renew itself. The steady buffing can get rid of the scar tissue and leave the area very smooth.
Having scars on the face and neck area can take its toll on a person’s self-esteem and self image, especially if the scars were caused by traumatic events. Fortunately, there are several effective, non-surgical treatments available for treating scars and improving the condition of the skin overall.
Learn more about scar removal procedures in our resource guide, or consult with a cosmetic surgery doctor
in the area to find out which non-surgical scar removal procedures may be the best fit for you.