Nov 16, 2015
The Canmore MediSpa and Laser Centre
Diamonds are forever...scars don't have to be! November 2015 Newsletter
Scars don't have to live on forever
Now's the time to repair and renew
In recent years, lasers have been a driving force in improving the appearance of scars and reducing their impact on the skin. Depending on the scar and how long you've had it, there are alternate treatments available before considering laser therapy. Intense Pulse Light (IPL) can help reduce the colour of the scar, providing the treatment is done while the scar is still pink or purple. Fractora and microneedling are superficial treatments (little to no downtime) that help restore collagen and promote repair to the skin's outer layer, reducing a scar's appearance.However, if you have had the scar(s) for a period of time, for instance acne scars from adolescence, more invasive (downtime required) treatments like fractional laser resurfacing and/or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) combined with microneedling might be the answer.
A complimentary consultation is required to properly assess your skin and discuss the best treatment options available. Email email@example.com or phone (403) 678 - 5511 to book an appointment.
From the desk of Dr. Balharry...
We get many requests to treat scars. The unfortunate thing is that scars can take many forms. Also, a scar is the result of a healing process in the skin and, once formed, cannot be erased. Scars can, however, be improved.
The different types of scars are broadly classified as atrophic (loss of underlying substance, like stretch marks), hypertrophic (scars that stick up from the skin and feel thick) and keloid (thickened scar that spreads out from the wound). We also have separate terms for some type of acne scars, such as boxcar and icepick.
Treatment of scars will often require several different types of treatment. Sometimes this is simply removing and resuturing a badly healed scar. The advent of lasers has significantly improved our ability to treat scars. Lasers can remove the colour from scars, shave down thickened scars and stimulate new collagen in depressed scars to lift them up.
One of the newer and exciting ways of improving scars is PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). I have talked about PRP in the past for treating ligaments and joints. To prepare PRP, we take some of your blood (like having a blood test) and it goes through a special process that concentrates the platelets which carry the growth and healing factors in our blood. We can take these concentrated cells and inject them in to the scars to stimulate a good healing action. This is often combined with microneedling or fractional laser treatment at the same time.
So, although scars cannot be erased, they can usually be improved. You have to realise, however, that it is not often a single treatment and also our body heals slowly so it can take time to see the results.
Acne scars Hypertrophic scars Atrophic scars Keloid scars
Gina's Skin Care Tips...
While treatments will be your main source in improving the appearance of more noticeable scars, products with key ingredients can aid in the healing process. Ingredients such as Vitamins E and C benefit scars by stimulating collagen formation, which improves the skin strength, texture, elasticity and tone. Tea tree oil, most commonly known for its antimicrobial properties also works wonders in healing the skins tissues. Aloe Vera can be used on wounds to not only speed up healing but also prevent a scar from forming. Do you have these products individually in your home? Try combining them to make an action packed serum. We also offer various products in the clinic that contain a mixture of these ingredients. Not all scars are the same. Come in and ask one of our staff members what product would be most beneficial for you.