When it comes to a scar on your face, you want the best doctors to work on diminishing its appearance. For over a decade, patients have visited from countries near and far to be treated by Drs. Solieman and Litner, both highly regarded double board-certified facial plastic surgeons. They provide the most advanced and effective scar revision treatments available for all skin tones. Their focus is on non-surgical lasers that replace scar tissue with new & beautiful skin.
Written by Dr. Litner and Dr. Solieman
Drs. Litner and Solieman consult with each of our patients and will walk you through the best non-surgical options to reduce or eliminate your surgical scars. They have extensive experience in both surgical and non-surgical options for treatment of scars, as well as a deep understanding of the anxiety associated with any facial procedures. Their attention to detail and the combination of their talents result in a very high patient satisfaction rate. At PROFILES Beverly Hills, we often recommend a combination of techniques to achieve optimal results. Our specific recommendations will depend on the characteristics of your particular scar, such as its color or whether it is raised or depressed, and on your skin type.
With our advanced laser system, we are able to quickly and effectively treat surgical scars at our Los Angeles office. We use the Palomar Icon 1540 fractional non-ablative laser resurfacing to target scar tissue. The treatment sends microbeams of laser energy deep into the skin, which breaks apart scar tissue, while encouraging the growth of new collagen and elastin in the area. As new tissue forms it takes the place of the damaged scar tissue, thereby improving the texture and appearance of your skin.
Several treatments may be required to achieve full results, but sessions are short (generally less than 30 minutes) and largely pain-free. Since Icon is less aggressive than ablative lasers, downtime is 0-2 days for most patients. Our doctors will evaluate your skin’s response to the lasers and prefer to wait 3-6 weeks between sessions.
Steroids are anti-inflammatory medications that can be very helpful in combatting the inflammatory reaction that tends to cause wound healing overreaction and thickened scars. These are given in a series of one or more injections into the scar, spaced out at intervals of 6 to 8 weeks.
Typically, steroid injections are most effective if used within the first year of scar healing. Drs. Solieman and Litner will often recommend steroid injections for smaller raised scars. For more extensively scarred areas, steroid injection is impractical and laser skin resurfacing with Icon is considered a more effective option.
Scars form as a result of our body’s natural response to injury. After surgery, your skin forms scar tissue, which consists of new collagen fibers, to repair the wound and restore the skin’s integrity. Scar tissue has a different texture and appearance from that of surrounding tissue. In the early stages of scar formation, the tissue tends to be red and slightly raised. As time goes on, the scar typically fades and flattens out. Depending on the size and location of the wound, the scar may still be obvious even after it has settled into its paler, flatter state.
When the body creates an excess of collagen, hypertrophic scars may form. Also sometimes known as keloid scars, these raised scars are most commonly seen in younger patients and those with darker skin. Scars may also have a sunken or pitted appearance. This type of scarring most often occurs when the underlying fat or muscle was damaged or removed during surgery. Surgical scars appear in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. If they do not improve on their own over time, then treatment may be necessary to correct them.
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