A scar is the result of the body’s normal healing process when it has been injured, damaged, and repaired. The skin is physically altered during the healing process and the resulting scar tissue may appear to be flat, lumpy, colored, or sunken. Scars can take up to 12-18 months to fully heal and the final result depends on multiple factors including the location on the body, the type of injury, the age of the patient, and the skin type. If possible, early and proper wound care can help to reduce the appearance of the final scar.
What Causes Scarring
Scars are caused when damage to the deeper layer of the skin, the dermis, is repaired through the body’s healing process. When injuries (including burns, inflammation, acne, and surgery) affect the dermis, the skin repairs itself by growing new tissue, primarily made of collagen. There are several types of scars including:
Keloid: Most common among people with darker skin tones, keloid scars are thick, raised scars that can take on a colored or even shiny appearance. Keloids may extend beyond the original injury and restrict movement.
Contracture: Commonly caused by burns, contracture scars tighten skin and can even affect muscles and nerves as they commonly go deep into the skin.
Hypertrophic: Also raised and thick, hypertrophic scars are similar in appearance to keloid scars, but do not go beyond the borders of the original injury.
Acne: ranging from ice pick/pits to rolling scars that are more wavelike in appearance, acne scars are the result of the body’s healing process. A loss of tissue during the healing process will result in pits (ice pick) scars, or if too much collagen is produced during the healing process, you will have raised scars.
Treating Scarring AT TONDUE
When you visit Tondue Medical Spa for your initial consultation, our team of seasoned, highly trained providers will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your scarring and develop a treatment plan to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Tondue offers the following clinical treatments to address scarring:
Secret RF is a treatment that uses tiny microneedles to deliver Radio Frequency energy to targeted areas, helping to rebuild collagen under the skin’s surface. It is an ideal treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, scars and photodamage. Most patients need 4 treatment sessions, with optimal results seen 3 months after the final procedure.
Chemical Peels are skin-resurfacing procedures during which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove the top layers. The skin that grows back after a chemical peel is smoother and younger looking! Peels diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improving skin texture and helping with blemish-prone skin. Chemical peels offer little to no ‘downtime’! Your treatment provider will help select the appropriate level of peel for you based on your skin health history and concerns.
Microneedling is minimally invasive and highly effective. Microneedling involves creating controlled damage to the dermis, encouraging your skin to produce new collagen and elastin. The result is improved skin texture, tone and elasticity. Microneedling is safe to use on all skin types and is an effective way to treat scars and other skin imperfections like wrinkles, sun spots, large pores and more.
We offer 2 Microneedling treatment options:a vitamin C- hyaluronic acid blend and platelet rich plasma (PRP). PRP can help speed up and enhance the healing process and lead to even better results.
Medical Grade Skincare (also known as physician-dispensed skincare or cosmeceuticals) contain active ingredients that have been clinically proven to treat a range of skin concerns. Categorized as a blend between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, these products provide both aesthetic and medicinal benefits and are designed to care for all skin types. Our team is highly trained to put together an effective skincare regimen to help you reach your goals.
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