Scar & Stretch Mark Treatments
Scar & Stretch Mark Treatments
There are many different options to treat facial and body scars without surgical intervention that Illume Medspa has to offer. These options can help to minimize the size and appearance of the scarring but will not completely eliminate them. Non-Surgical intervention allows patients to treat acne scars, stretch marks, facial and body scars, and hypertrophic or keloid scars with a range of different techniques.
Illume carries several types of Vitamin C treatments which may improve the appearance of some scars. After a wound, your skin requires time to heal. Without proper healing, scars may develop. Vitamin C treats certain scars by increasing the synthesis of collagen, a protein responsible for your skin’s structure and vital for rebuilding healthy skin. Vitamin C may accelerate the healing of these wounds.
Silicone Scar Therapies
For surgical scars and deeper more visible scars to heal with the best possible outcomes, our plastic surgeons utilize medical healing enhancement products like Silagen, a high-end medical grade silicone scar treatment. Silagen can be used on new or older scars and is formulated for all skin types including sensitive skin. Silagen creates a protective, odor free, barrier to manage and reduce scarring through the production of collagen in the skin. Silagen is a clinically studied option that has proven to help reduce the appearance of scars on the skin.
Intralesional steroid injections are very common options for reducing the swelling associated with keloid and hypertrophic scar formations. In this option, corticosteroids such as Triamcinolone are injected directly into the scar. This treatment is extremely minimal with side effects as minimal as a itching and some dry skin. A steroid injection will help reduce the swelling associated with scars so that the scar does not have the raised appearance that is common with certain types of scars. Typically 1-3 steroid injections are required to obtain the desired results in reducing the elevation of a scar.
For certain scars, especially acne scars, the problem patients are left with may not be discoloration but an indented or depressed scar area. For this, dermal fillers are a good option. Soft-tissue fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane can be used to temporarily improve the appearance of depressed scars. The filler is injected with a very small needed into the impacted areas reducing the depression and appearance of the remaining scar. While the results will typically last between 6-18 months depending on the type of filler, they are instant and patients often feel immediate satisfaction.
Microneedling uses 12-18 very tiny needles to penetrate the skin. The goal is to create a very small trauma on the skin which prompts collagen stimulation during the healing process. This collagen increase helps to improve the overall appearance and complexion of the skin. Microneedling has minimal downtime but is often times just as effective as laser treatments and can be combined with topical treatments.
How does Microneedling Work?
The concept behind Microneedling is very basic. During a typical session, the Aesthetician inserts a series of fine needles into your skin to create microwounds. These microwounds, which look like a very mild rash immediately after, prompt your body to product more elastin and collagen in the dermis. As a result, your skin regenerates itself and creates new cells. This increase in collagen levels contributes to a youthful look which helps to bring color and texture back into the skin. This regeneration is what can help to reduce the appearance of scarring and stretch marks in the skin.
Laser Scar Treatments
Laser scar revision is an effective method for treating a wide range of scars that improves skin texture and pigment as well as functional aspects. For acne and some surgical scars (see also Acne Scars Treatment), fractional skin resurfacing can effectively treat textural and pigment concerns.
Although scars can't be completely removed, studies have shown that laser therapy can effectively minimize a scar's appearance and thickness.
Progress and healing
The initial healing phase of a surgical scar revision may include localized swelling, discoloration or discomfort and may take 1 to 2 weeks. Healing will continue for several weeks and as the new scar heals it will slowly refine and fade.