All about scars

Scars are a part of the body’s healing process. They form when the deep layer of the skin is damaged, whether from acne, injury, surgery, burns, or disease. The body produces new collagen fibers to mend the wound — and in the majority of cases, the skin does not repair itself perfectly. 

This gives the tissue a different texture and quality than the surrounding tissue: a scar. Although they serve an important purpose in the body’s biological processes, many people with scars feel that they are unsightly or distracting.

While some scars soften and fade out over time, others do not — either because of their color, a crater, pit, indentation, or an elevated lump or ridge formed with the scar during healing. 

Scar Removal in San Diego

The appearance of scars can be greatly improved (or in some cases, disappear entirely) using different types of scar removal procedures. To best treat your scar(s) with the appropriate procedure, we will need to evaluate your skin type and the unique characteristics of your scar. This will take place during your consultation with us, and it’s in this initial meeting that we will design your personal customized treatment plan to achieve the best outcome for you. 

What are the most common types of scars?

Over time, your body will try to repair the scar. However, your body’s ability to do this adequately will depend on the size and type of scar, as well as personal factors such as genetics, age, and skin health. In many cases, your body is not able to significantly improve the look and feel of a scar without help from professional scar treatment.

To find the right scar treatment in San Diego, you need to understand the type(s) of scar you’re dealing with. Many scars have a flat, pale appearance. The marks that don’t fit this description fall into one of three categories:

  • Acne scars: Unfortunately, many individuals picked too much at their acne and caused scarring. The level of severity can range from light acne scars to deeply pitted.
  • Hypertrophic scars: When there is an abundance of collagen production during the body’s repair process, it can result in a raised lesion known as a hypertrophic scar. Hypertrophic scars remain inside the borders of the injury.
  • Contracture scars: A contracture scar typically develops as the result of a burn, and may cause the skin to become tight and constricted.
  • Keloid scars: Sometimes when an injury is particularly severe — such as a deep cut or scrape — the body’s wound repair process is especially aggressive, and the scar may become raised, lumpy, and expand way beyond the borders of the original wound. This is known as a keloid scars, and they are also usually dark in color and hardened.
  • Atrophic scars: Atrophic scars are idented, and are usually associated with mole removal, acne, or chicken pox. They usually heal this way because there wasn’t enough collagen during healing.

Our scar removal treatment options

During your consultation with us, we will recommend the best scar removal treatment for you. The most appropriate type of treatment will depend on the type, degree, depth, extent, and nature of the scarring. Founded by Dr. P. Alexander Ataii, a highly respected skincare specialist in the San Diego area, our team at Laser Cliniqúe provides a range of cosmetic treatments that can diminish scars, including:

Laser skin resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is recognized as among the absolute best treatments for diminishing scars. Laser light is used to destroy the outer layer of the skin, which promotes the development of brand-new skin cells. Over time, laser resurfacing can improve your skin’s texture and tone, and can produce a considerable reduction in the appearance of scarring. Our laser scar removal options include Active FX, Deep FX, Scaar FX, and Total FX. 

Chemical peels

These non-invasive cosmetic treatments can eliminate imperfections, greatly improve skin texture and tone, and treat a range of skin concerns, including mild scarring. Chemical peels can be performed on the chest, neck, back, arms, and legs, as well as the face. A safe acid solution is applied to skin, which causes a small level of trauma to the outer layers. This stimulates the body to produce new skin cells, along with more collagen and elastin. The damaged outer layer will peel away, revealing skin that’s smoother and revitalized.

Crystal-free microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive skin treatment in which an applicator and exfoliating material are used to “buff away” the outermost layer of the skin, revealing the brighter, smoother skin underneath. Crystal-free microdermabrasion provides the same benefits as traditional microdermabrasion, without the potential pain and damage that some patients experience with crystals. Microdermabrasion has been proven to be effective for reducing the appearance of scars.

Why choose Laser Cliniqúe for scar removal?

At Laser Cliniqúe, we have been providing personalized care and excellent, personable service for each and every patient that walks through our door since 2005. We proudly serve the beautiful, beachy city of San Diego and its surrounding communities with safe and effective treatments that help our patients feel more comfortable and confident in their own skin. Founded by Dr. P. Alexander Ataii (skincare specialist and Patients’ Choice Award winner 2007-2020), Laser Cliniqúe has thousands of rave 5-star reviews and is known for being a friendly, passionate, and patient-centered practice that values exceptional results above all else. In fact, it’s the highest 5-star reviewed medical spa in Southern California. If you’re in the San Diego area (or are planning to be) and are considering laser scar removal, we invite you to reach out to us! We look forward to serving you.

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