You needed surgery, and the incisional scar has been a constant, unwelcome companion ever since. Or, perhaps you experienced sudden weight gain and subsequent loss (think pregnancy) and stretch marks have developed. Once surgical scars and stretch marks form, they typically don’t go away on their own, which is where our innovative treatments come in.
If you’re looking for solutions for surgical scars and/or stretch marks, read on to explore your options.
How are scars & stretchmarks created?
Scars form when the dermis (deep, thick layer of skin) is damaged. The body forms new collagen fibers (a naturally occurring protein in the body) to mend the damage, resulting in a scar. The new scar tissue will have a different texture and quality than the surrounding tissue. Scars form after a wound is completely healed.
There are different kinds of scars. Most scars are flat and pale. However, in cases when the body produces too much collagen, scars can be raised. Raised scars are called hypertrophic scars or keloid scars. Both of these kinds of scars are more common in younger and dark-skinned people.
Some scars can have a sunken or pitted appearance. This kind of scarring occurs when underlying structures supporting the skin (for example, fat or muscle) are lost. Some surgical scars have this appearance, as do some scars from acne.
While Stretch marks can develop in people of all shapes and sizes they are most commonly seen during pregnancy, rapid weight gain, growth spurts during puberty or rapid muscle growth during weight training. The long narrow streaks, stripes or lines typically occur when your skin is stretched too quickly.
These abrupt changes in skin cause collagen and elastin to rupture and as the skin heals stretch marks form.
Stretch marks can also take on varying appearances that include:
- Indented lines in your skin
- Colored streaks (typically red, purple, or pink)
- Lines that fade into white streaks
Clearing away minor scarring
If you have a facial scar that isn’t too deep, such as an acne scar, we can typically address the problem through a biostimulator such as Bellafil. By subcising the scar and injecting with Bellafil (collagen and PMMA microspheres), the scar will fill and start to generate new collagen.
Turning to laser technology
For stretch marks, tough surgical or acne scars, we turn to advanced laser technologies, including the Lutronic Genius™ system.smo
Microneedling RF treatments remove damaged skin and prompt your body to heal and revise the scar tissue. Lutronic Genius RF is the most advanced fractionated radiofrequency therapy for scar revision. Even deep scars and pockmarks show remarkable improvement in as little as three treatments.
With the Genius system, we use tiny, ultra-fine needles to break apart tough scar tissue. The handpiece can sense differences in skin thickness and adjust the needle’s penetration depth for precise control across the treatment area. This process not only clears away the old tissue, it creates a matrix of tiny microchannels that heal to serve as a new foundation for collagen and elastin to lift and smooth your skin.
The Genius system also delivers radiofrequency energy into your skin. This energy creates tiny thermal coagulation points under the surface of your skin that lead to new collagen and elastin growth.
In fact, we’re really using the same processes that led to your scar or stretch marks in the first place to erase them. By creating a much milder healing response in your skin, we can control the collagen response. The end result? The surface of your skin becomes smoother and blemish-free. Patients typically need 3 session treatments for optimal results.
If you’re tired of the constant reminders of your past, contact our office in Scottsdale, Arizona, to schedule removal treatments for your surgical scar or stretch marks.