Scar Removal at Bella Medspa

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Treating Scars is Faster and Easier Than You Think

Why go through the expense and hassle of hiding your scars with makeup and clothing? At Bella Medspa, you reduce the appearance of unwanted scar tissue with fast, easy laser scar treatment.

Scar removal treatments at Bella Medspa are a more comfortable alternative to surgery, especially for acne scars. With remarkable results on any skin type—from very light to very dark—you can reduce the appearance of scarring to boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

Choose laser scar treatment today – and watch those scars fade away.

Scar Removal Treatments at Bella Medspa

CO2 Laser Scar Removal

CO2 laser resurfacing is a revolutionary cosmetic procedure designed to reduce scars, wrinkles, and other skin concerns. This process uses carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers to non-surgically resurface the top layer of skin, stimulate the production of collagen, and improve overall skin texture and appearance. Board-certified dermatologists and medical estheticians perform this procedure.

Here's how it works:

  • In the weeks leading up to your procedure, your Bella Medspa esthetician will prepare your skin for treatment. This will increase your tolerance to the laser and reduce the risk of side effects.
  • To begin the procedure, your esthetician will apply a topical anesthetic to the treatment area. They will then cleanse your skin to remove excess dirt and bacteria.
  • Next, your esthetician will move a specialized CO2 laser across the surface of your skin. Depending on the size of the treatment area, this procedure can take between 30 minutes to 2 hours.
  • Once the esthetician completes the procedure, your treatment area will be dressed in clean wraps. It usually takes between 3 to 10 days for the treatment area to heal, depending on the size of the area.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the results of CO2 laser resurfacing can last for several years. Speak to an esthetician at Bella Medspa to learn more about this procedure and your best treatment options.

Acne Scar Treatment

At Bella Medspa, our scar removal treatment options are designed to help patients who struggle with many types of scarring—including acne scars.

As many as 95% of people who have acne develop residual scar tissue. Acne scars can have a significant impact on your self-esteem, making it difficult to feel comfortable in the skin you're in. But with laser treatment, you can reduce the appearance of acne scarring and promote new, healthy cell growth to replace the resurfaced layer. As a result, you can enjoy a brighter, more even skin tone.

Laser scar removal does not remove acne scars completely—instead, it uses targeted lasers to break up scar tissue on the outer layer of skin. The outer layer peels off, minimizing the appearance of the scar. The heat from the laser also stimulates collagen production, which encourages new skin to take the place of the removed scar tissue. This procedure helps reduce the prominence and redness of the scars and promotes your skin to heal. With multiple treatments, you can continue to reduce the appearance of acne scars and enjoy a rejuvenated complexion.

Laser Scar Removal Before and After

Laser scar treatment can significantly reduce the appearance of multiple types of scars, from keloids to stretch marks. See results from real Bella Medspa patients below!

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Benefits of Laser Scar Removal

Laser scar treatment can provide significant benefits to patients looking to reduce the appearance of unsightly scarring. Studies show that laser therapy can effectively remove many types of scars, reducing discoloration and improving confidence in the process. You can enjoy smoother, more even skin at a fraction of the effort using other methods, such as surgical scar removal.

Additional benefits of laser scar treatments include:

  • Excellent, research-proven aesthetic results
  • Simple, fast procedures with minimal discomfort
  • Short healing processes with little to no downtime
  • Non-invasive treatments that do not require general anesthesia
  • The use of science-backed, cutting-edge laser technology

What Types of Scars Can Be Treated?

Laser scar removal is an appropriate treatment option for many types of scars, from surgical scars to acne scarring. This method can be used to treat scarred areas on any part of the body, including the face, legs, and abdomen. Whether you are recovering from skin cancer or want to reduce the appearance of decades-old scars, Bella Medspa can help.

Our laser hair removal options can help with:

  • Acne scars
  • Surgical scars
  • Scars from serious injuries, such as car accidents
  • Raised scars, such as keloids or hypertrophic scars
  • Burn scars and skin graft scars

Am I a Good Candidate for this Procedure?

Laser scar removal is an effective procedure for most prospective candidates.

This procedure works on any skin type, including very light and very dark skin. However, since the laser is attracted to the pigment in the skin, the treatment is often most effective in patients with very light skin and dark scars. Those with a darker complexion require a more gentle laser scar removal approach. Your Bella Medspa esthetician will work closely with you to develop a safe, effective treatment plan while reducing your risk of hyperpigmentation.

Additionally, laser scar revision may be right for you if:

  • You are physically healthy.
  • You do not smoke cigarettes.
  • You do not have active acne or skin diseases in the treatment area.
  • You have scar damage that is not treatable with over-the-counter products.
  • You have a positive outlook on the procedure with realistic skin wellness goals.

If you are unsure whether you should receive laser scar removal, contact Bella Medspa as soon as possible. One of our trained estheticians will evaluate your skin, ask about your medical history, and recommend the most effective treatment option for your individual skincare concerns.

How Does Laser Scar Removal Work?

Laser scar removal works by using targeted wavelengths of light to penetrate the top layers of your skin. The laser uses "fractional” pulses of laser light to break down scar tissue and generate new, healthy skin cells. This reduces the appearance and prominence of scars, leading to a more even skin tone. In addition, the lasers target blood vessels in the scar tissue to reduce redness, further improving the surrounding skin's texture.

As stated by the American Academy of Dermatology, laser scar removal does not remove scar tissue completely. It only fades the appearance of the scars over time. Your Bella Medspa esthetician may recommend a combination of therapies, such as injectable fillers, to further reduce the appearance of the scar along with your laser treatment.

Are you ready to improve the appearance of your skin? Contact Bella Medspa at 484-341-8239 to discuss your scar removal treatment plan.

How Long Does Laser Scar Removal Take?

A major benefit of laser scar revision is how fast and simple the procedure is. Depending on the size of the treatment area, this procedure can be performed in as little as 30 minutes. At most, it will take between 1 to 2 hours to complete laser treatment. However, you may need to multiple sessions to achieve your desired results.

Does Laser Scar Removal Hurt?

Since laser scar removal is non-invasive, it does not cause as much physical pain as surgical removal methods. Before the procedure, your esthetician will apply a topical or local anesthetic to numb the treatment area, which further reduces pain.

After the procedure, you may feel some discomfort, depending on the size of the treated area and the intensity of the laser treatment. The more intense the laser, the more discomfort you are likely to feel in the days following the procedure. However, you can typically treat this discomfort using over-the-counter pain medications recommended by your esthetician.

How Many Scar Removal Treatments Will I Need?

Since scars can be difficult to remove, you may need multiple treatments to achieve your desired results. Most people need between 3 to 5 treatment sessions for optimal scar removal. If you have deeper or older scars, you may require more laser treatments. Speak to an esthetician at Bella Medspa to discuss your individual treatment plan.

How Quickly Will I Recover?

Another major benefit of laser scar removal is the minimal downtime. Unlike surgical procedures, where you may need to remain in a hospital for a day or longer, most patients resume their regular activities immediately following laser treatment. While recovery times vary, it typically takes between 3 to 10 days for your skin to heal from the procedure.

However, the recovery process doesn't end when you leave the treatment room. You will need to follow your esthetician's aftercare instructions to protect your skin and preserve your results.

Depending on your procedure, you may need to:

  • Avoid direct sunlight for at least 4 to 6 weeks after treatment.
  • Take over-the-counter pain medication.
  • Avoid wearing makeup for a few days after the procedure.
  • Remove exfoliants, chemical peels, and other abrasive treatments from your skincare routine.
  • Use a gentle cleanser and apply a moisturizer daily, as recommended by your esthetician.
  • Apply a cold pack or moist cloth to the treatment area to suppress swelling.

Your Bella Medspa esthetician will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions following your procedure. Always follow these instructions to avoid further damage to your skin.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Like all cosmetic procedures, laser scar removal does carry some side effects. Typical side effects include a temporary redness and swelling at the treatment site, which should last only a few days. Itching and mild pain may also occur.

It is very important to keep the treatment area clean and follow your esthetician's aftercare instructions. You can develop a skin infection if bacteria enter the treatment site.

Symptoms of skin infections include:

  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Increased redness that does not subside
  • Abscesses, or pockets of pus, near the treatment site

If you develop any signs of a skin infection, speak to a doctor as soon as possible.

Scar Removal with Microneedling

Another popular scar removal procedure is microneedling, or the use of a handheld needle-like tool to manually stimulate collagen production. This treatment option is typically used to reduce the appearance of acne scars and hyperpigmentation.

During a microneedling procedure, a dermatology professional uses a special tool to prick fine holes in your skin. As a result, you develop several micro-wounds. In response, your skin produces more collagen to heal those wounds, which produces new skin tissue. The newly produced collagen smooths your skin appearance, filling in scars over time.

This procedure can help improve the appearance of burn, acne, and surgical scars, along with other skin conditions. However, this procedure works best for depressed scars—not raised ones. If you have keloids or hypertrophic scars, laser scar removal may be the better option.

IPL Photofacial Scar Removal Treatment

Intense pulsed light (IPL) scar removal treatment is another form of light therapy used to treat wrinkles, age spots, and other skin conditions. Like laser scar removal, IPL uses heat and light to target pigmented areas on the top layer of skin. Unlike laser scar removal, which uses a single wavelength of light, IPL flashes multiple wavelengths over the surface of the skin.

This procedure is effective for skin conditions such as:

  • Unwanted birthmarks
  • Sun damage
  • Broken blood vessels
  • Rosacea
  • Freckles
  • Age spots

IPL can also be used to remove unwanted hair. However, it is not recommended to remove raised scars, such as keloids. Additionally, IPL often requires more treatments than laser scar removal. To determine which laser treatment is right for you, speak to an esthetician at Bella Medspa.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of scars can be treated?

Laser scar removal is good for surgical scars and acne scars on any area of the bod, including the face.

Am I a good candidate for this procedure?

Laser skin resurfacing works on any skin type, including very light and very dark skin. Schedule a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for this treatment.

How does it work?

The fractional laser uses “fractional” pulses of laser light to break down scar tissue and generate healthy new tissue, light in color and more even in texture.

How long does it take?

The procedure can be performed in as little as 30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.

Does it hurt?

Most people feel minimal discomfort during the laser procedure.

How many treatments will I need?

Most people need three to five treatment sessions for optimal results.

How quickly will I recover?

People typically resume their regular activities immediately following the treatment session.

Are there any side effects?

Typical side effects include a temporary redness and swelling at the treatment site, which should last only a few days.