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For some people, a scar is an aesthetic nuisance. For others, it’s a constant reminder of a difficult trauma they’d prefer to move past. At the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, we offer a range of services that can remove or reduce scar tissue prominence on your body, no matter how your skin responds to scarring.
Scaring is a result of your body’s response to trauma. While some wounds heal seamlessly, others affect the deeper layers of your skin tissue and can result in scarring from either excess or insufficient collagen production. Other factors can increase the chance of scarring, including skin dryness, infection in your wound and lack of circulation to the skin.
We offer three types of laser therapy for scar revision. Fraxel and the Nd:Yag lasers are an aggressive approach that can get immediate results for patients who want to reduce trips to the office or prepare for an upcoming event. These laser therapies work by removing the outer dermal layers and stimulate collagen production for a smoother look. However, your skin will be raw and you may have oozing and blisters for a few days following the treatment. You will likely want to schedule some off time to protect your skin from the sun and facilitate healing.
Intense Pulsed Laser treatment uses a wider range of wavelengths for short bursts of intense energy. This will break down your existing tissue and it will slowly leave your body through your circulatory system. It will also stimulate collagen and skin production to replace it. The process is more gradual than traditional laser therapy and you will likely need multiple treatments to achieve your desired results.
Not all types of scars will respond to laser scar removal. Dr. Burgess can evaluate your scarring and help you determine the best course of action to get the results you want. In some cases, your scar may respond to topical applications or dermal fillers, while in others, you may need surgical intervention to achieve the results you want. Contact our office today at (202) 955-5757 for a consultation and learn more about our scar revision therapies.