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Scar Reduction After Plastic Surgery with Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser Skin Resurfacing, Scar Reduction, Skin Care

November 29, 2014 | 3 minute read

Naked woman covering breastsDr. Kimberly Henry has helped countless patients in and around the San Francisco Bay Area achieve their diverse aesthetic goals. This has been done using the latest cosmetic surgery techniques as well as state-of-the-art laser skin resurfacing and other cosmetic skin care treatments.

Laser skin resurfacing has plenty of applications. One potential use is blending and flattening scars that patients develop after a cosmetic surgery procedure. Let’s explore this issue in a bit more detail right now.

About Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is one of many methods available for reducing the appearance of various blemishes and imperfections on the surface of the skin. Using a safe, high-energy beam of light that’s carefully calibrated, a surgeon can remove damaged layers of skin cells to achieve a more even and aesthetically pleasing look.

How Laser Skin Resurfacing Works

The laser light helps stimulate the outer layers of the skin–the epidermis (topmost layer) and the dermis (the layer just beneath). This promotes the production of collagen beneath the skin, and the heat of the laser causes the epidermis to peel in the days after treatment.

As the patient’s skin heals, the new skin cells that develop are more even and much softer, which means a smoother and better-looking appearance to the skin overall.

Treating Scars After Plastic Surgery

Scarring is a reality after any sort of surgery simply given the way that the body heals. That said, unsightly scars can potentially be treated thanks to laser skin resurfacing.

This procedure is considered after the patient has fully recovered from the initial plastic surgery procedure and the scar has formed. In some cases, the laser skin resurfacing can make the scar seem all but invisible, or at least very hard to notice.

Ideal Candidates for Laser Skin Resurfacing for Scar Revision

The best candidates for laser scar reduction/revision are people who have experienced major scarring after a plastic surgery procedure. They should be in good overall health and also be aware of the side effects of laser skin resurfacing treatment.

Laser skin resurfacing is most commonly performed on the face, but it is safe enough to be performed on other parts of the body as well, which means patients who’ve undergone any sort of surgical procedure are potential candidates.

Alternatives to Laser Skin Resurfacing

If laser skin resurfacing is not an ideal option for you and your needs, there are plenty of other treatments to consider that may be helpful. This includes other skin resurfacing treatments, such as microdermabrasion, which will help smooth out the skin and assist in blending the scar. Special injections can also be used to help flatten particularly problematic scars.

Though it may seem counterintuitive, there is also a surgery to help remove and reduce the appearance of surgical scars.

We Always Work to Minimize Scarring During Surgery

One of the best options for addressing scars is to perform a surgery well at the outset. Dr. Henry works her hardest to conceal surgical scarring and make incisions as small and unnoticeable as possible. Working carefully, incision sites remain hidden from view and/or barely visible.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Kimberly Henry

For more information on how to treat scarring after you have undergone a surgical procedure, be sure to contact our cosmetic skin care and plastic surgery center today. Dr. Henry will work closely with you in order to determine the ideal treatment option for your needs and how to best meet your aesthetic goals.

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