Many patients are burdened with scars occurring in all parts of their bodies from a variety of sources: following C-sections or surgery, burns, injuries and acne. At Torrey Pines Dermatology we now have a variety of very effective non-surgical methods to erase scars thanks to the rapid advances in non-invasive, esthetic medicine (lasers, fillers and injections) over the last decade.
We use a variety of different lasers to treat different aspects of scar tissue. The V-Beam is our vascular laser and is used primarily to target red scars and to help return the color of the scar to normal flesh-tone. Our resurfacing laser, the Active –FX, is used to help pare down built up scar tissue and to allow it to blend in better with surrounding skin. We also use our Light Sheer laser hair removal system to help eliminate hair follicles within scar tissue that can act as foreign bodies and cause the scar to continue to be raised. Once these foreign body hairs are eliminated the scar naturally flattens down. Our IPL system is also used for a variety of discolored scars to help them return to normal skin tone. The Deep FX laser is used to treat both acne scars and burn scars at a deeper level and help the body to restore normal collagen in place of scar tissue.
Our newest filler, Bellafill, is specifically used to fill in the pock marks many people get from acne scars. In addition we can use it as a more permanent way to fill in “atrophic” or indented scars on the skin. We also used a variety of lighter fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm to fill in more superficial indented scars.
Since scar tissue comes from overproduction of rigid collagen, most injections aim to eliminate this excessive collagen build up and the associated inflammation in the scar. Recently studies have shown that a combination of a chemotherapy agent called 5 F-U (5-fluorouracil) and a steroid called Kenalog is much more effective in flattening down “hypertrophic” (built-up scar tissue) or “keloid” (overgrown scar tissue) scars. In addition the combination of these two agents returns scar tissue to its normal color faster.
With this many cutting-edge options for treating scar tissue at Torrey Pines Dermatology, we are sure we can customize a treatment regimen for every patient with a bothersome scar.
Call us at 858-362-8800 to set up your free scar treatment consultation