Scars are the result of your body’s natural ability to heal itself. Though they are a remarkable feature of how the body naturally responds to injury, scars present cosmetic issues that most patients would prefer not to have. Today’s advancements in laser technology permits successful treatment of scars and even striae distensae (stretch marks) in all areas of the body.
In Dr. Ward’s initial laser scar treatment consultations, he will appropriately classify your type of scars and/or striae distensae to determine which laser is likely to be most effective. Here are some common types of scars we treat.
Acne Scars Severe acne can cause these scars once it disappears, creating a dimpled or “pitted” look in the skin.
Contracture Scars These scars happen when the skin is burned and appears to look like the skin is pulled taut and often hinders movement.
Hypertrophic Scars Commonly these scars are raised and red. They are caused by excessive collagen which contributes to the scar rising above the skin level.
Keloid Scars Result of when the body produces too much tissue during the healing processes of a scar causing it to protrude outward.
Striae Distensae (Stretch Marks) This is a form of scarring of the skin with an offcolor hue caused by tearing of the dermis