When the skin is damaged beyond the outermost layer, it is common to develop scar tissue or the continued stretching and subsequent scarring of the dermis layer of the skin, are also types of scars that can be highly visible and cause self-consciousness.
At Guelph Medical Laser and Skin Centre in Guelph, Ontario, our medical team has extensive training in several treatments and techniques that can help reduce the appearance of visible scarring. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out more about how to safely and effectively treat your scars.
What Causes Scars?
While the depth, severity and location of a skin injury are all key to how scars develop, the process sometimes also depends on gender, ethnicity, and age. Generally, there are four types of scars:
- Atrophic scars are typically pitted or depressed in appearance, such as with Acne scars.
- Contracture scars are often caused by burns and can penetrate deep into the muscles and nerves, sometimes to the point of affecting a person’s mobility.
- Hypertrophic scars prominently protrude above the normal skin line as a result of collagen overproduction but do not extend beyond the wound barrier.
- Keloid scars can extend beyond the boundary of the wound and are a more severe form of hypertrophic scar.
How are Scars Treated?
Unfortunately, there is no non-surgical method currently available that can completely get rid of scars. But at Guelph Medical Laser and Skin Centre, we offer several treatments that can safely and effectively reduce the appearance of these cosmetic concerns.
One of the mildest forms of skin resurfacing, microdermabrasion involves gently sanding away the outermost layers of skin, promoting the growth of fresh new skin cells and reducing the appearance of light scarring on the surface.
Featuring fractionated laser technology, Fraxel® laser treatments stimulate the skin’s natural healing process and increase collagen production without damaging healthy skin or tissues. This laser is proven to be effective on more severe scarring.
By gently heating the layers of skin underneath the surface, Laser Genesis™ coagulates existing collagen fibers to help reduce the appearance of very fine scarring on the surface.
Ideal for atrophic scars, dermal fillers can help plump up the skin at the site of the scarring and create smoother skin for quick, short-term treatment.
During your consultation with our medical team, your individual skin condition will be evaluated to help you determine which treatment would be the most effective for treating your scars.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out more about how scars are treated at Guelph Medical Laser and Skin Centre.