Let’s take a look at the upcoming skin health trends and treatments and how they can help scarred skin.
Laser Resurfacing Treatments
Advances in laser technology have ensured resurfacing laser treatments are moreefficient and lessinvasive. These treatments can effectively treat many skin issues such as unwanted pigmentation, acne, scarring, wrinkles, fine lines and texture inconsistencies using just one device. It used to be that four or five different lasers were needed to address all of those concerns, but now only one is necessary. This creates less downtime and increases the willingness for people to try these therapies for scarring of all kinds, including acne scars. Advances in lasers have also allowed them to be better at treating acne scars on skin of color.
Laser scar removal is generally better in terms of no downtime than procedures like dermabrasion or microdermabrasion, which are deep exfoliation procedures that use a high-speed brush to remove the top skin layers. Depending on the severity and state of your acne scars, various degrees of dermabrasion can be used. There is a small recovery time after the treatment, and it’s best used for shallow scarring.
This is a yet another modality used for scar revision, but it usually takes a few sessions to achieve desired results. However, microneedling leads to very little bleeding and bruising, which is a plus with many patients suffering from acne scars and rolling scars. Microneedling can be used on any skin type.
This is a procedure whereby a z-shaped incision is formed to break up the scar and reduce skin tightness The technique can be used to lengthen a contracted scar, change a scar’s direction to become better aligned with relaxed skin-tension lines, or break up or interrupt a scar for increased camouflage.
Those with depressed scars can benefit greatly from subcision procedures, which utilize a non-coring needle or an 18-gauge regular needle. When the needle is inserted parallel under the skin surface and moved it back and forth, it can break up so-called “tethers” and help release the depressed scar.
Excision is sometimes required for severe depressed scars, as they are too tightly bound in the underlying fat. Letting the scar mature to about 9 months is recommended first, followed by excision of those thick depressed scars. These scars are often seen on the jawline and chin.
A Tried-and-True Solution
While it may not be new, Scarfade is certainly a heavy hitter when it comes to proven scar treatments you can do at home.
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