By Priscila M. Campbell, Medical Aesthetician and Laser Specialist, The Skin Care Professionals
For the most part, we have been taught to view scars as a permanent marking. While some may serve as a poignant lesson from childhood, as in, “that time I tried to somersault off the roof of the house” or “rode my bike straight into a ditch trying to wave at a boy I liked,” others may remind us of a more traumatic experience (how many of us can relate to the growing pains of acne or stretch marks), and, still others we may wear as a badge of honor, a symbol of adversity that we conquered and overcame.
If you’re looking to explore scar revision treatments, I suggest Fraxel®, a non-invasive laser therapy that can dramatically reduce the evidence of scars. Whenever I talk about a treatment or therapy, my goal is to tell you how it works and let you know what to expect so you can make an informed decision.
So, how does Fraxel work? Fraxel light energy is the original—and, in my opinion, the best—laser treatment to work below the skin’s surface. It stimulates your skin’s natural collagen and rejuvenates skin cells below the surface to help smooth the creases and pockets caused by scars and wrinkles. Since we only target the problem areas, the results are very focused and effective.Although there are no magic erasers, after your Fraxel treatments you can expect that your scar or scars will look smoother, eliminating the “wrinkled, bunched or pocked” quality that we visually associate with scarring. They will appear smaller, and, in some cases, completely gone.
On average, 4-6 treatments are required for maximum results and we space those treatments no more than 4 weeks apart. There is some level of discomfort with beneath the surface laser treatments. Realistically, it’s about a 6 to 8 (based on a 1-10 scale), depending on pain tolerance and how deep the scar is on the skin’s surface. However, we minimize that as much as possible with a topical numbing cream and a cooling device that soothes the skin during treatment.
If you want to explore your options for a non-invasive answer to scar revision, let’s talk about Fraxel. It could be just the answer you’ve been looking for.