Scars, especially on the face, often make people feel very self-conscious and even depressed. Scar repair can, in some cases, be life-altering.
There are quite a few products and procedures that can help reduce the appearance of scars. Topical retinoids can be very helpful in scar repair.1 By increasing cellular turnover of the skin, they can soften and minimize the appearance of scars.1 They are particularly helpful when the scars are superficial rather than deep.
There is growing evidence that growth factors, when applied topically and in a high concentration, also help with scar repair. Our bodies use our own growth factors to heal scars, but as we age, our growth factors are not as powerful.
Topically applied growth factors aid the body’s own response to the scar tissue.
Skin Pen Collagen Treatments
Skin Pen Collagen Treatments can be a very effective procedure for scar repair.2 Skin Pen uses a “roller” with many very fine needles that create micro-holes in the skin and in the scar. This creates a “micro-trauma” that stimulates the production of new collagen, which then shrinks the scar tissue. Healing serums, including those with growth factors, can be applied while these micro-holes are still open, allowing them to penetrate to the base of the scar and help with the scar’s repair.
Scar Repair Laser
Lasers are often used for scar repair.3 Depending upon the nature of the scar, lasers can be useful in ridding the scar of excess pigment. Many scars heal with a brown or red color, which makes them more visible. Lasers can reduce that pigment, allowing the scar to blend in with the surrounding skin more easily. In additions, lasers are important in scar repair because they stimulate collagen and can, therefore, help to “fill in” sunken, or hypotrophic, scars.
If you would like to learn more about scar repair and which products or treatments would be most beneficial for you, then schedule acomplimentary consultation at Genesis MedSpa today. Together, we can repair your scar!