A scar is an unpleasant reminder of a healthy body process, created when your skin repairs a wound caused by an accident, infection, inflammation, or surgery. Scars vary in shape and size. They may start out red and thick and fade over time, or turn flat, sunken, or lumpy — leading you to wonder about cosmetic procedures to eliminate them.
These days, skin laser technology has advanced to the point where much can be done to treat scars. Laser scar removal or reduction is a common procedure performed in a dermatologist’s office or at a skin laser clinic. With a laser, scars can be lessened significantly and possibly erased, depending on their severity. There are three main types of skin laser treatments available:
- Laser resurfacing, sometimes referred to as “ablative” laser resurfacing
- Fractionated laser resurfacing
- Non-ablative laser resurfacing
Laser treatments are the fastest way to deal with scars and hyperpigmentation left behind when acne heals. The primary benefit of laser therapy, as well as the primary drawback of laser therapy, is that is has very precise effects. Read More…
One of the most common types of fungal yeast infections is intertrigo. It is caused by the Candida albicans. Intertrigo is a skin rash that develops in the folds of the skin. It most commonly affects the armpits, the groin area, and under heavy folds of skin such as the breasts or between the buttocks. These areas produce extra heat, so they are the perfect places for yeast to grow.
Intertrigo develops where the skin is moist and causes the skin to appear red and inflamed, with scaling around the edges of the rash. The rash can be itchy and in some cases painful. Read More…
Although typically expensive, laser resurfacing is a very useful skin treatment method for the removal of a wide variety of skin conditions and disorders. Always requiring a trained professional, this type of treatment uses a laser to destroy dead skin cells, remove blemishes and improve the quality and tone of your skin.
Laser resurfacing can often require intensive pre and post operation routines to prepare the skin for removal but the actual procedure has not been known to have many lasting harmful effects on the skin.
There have been a few cases of scarring and tissue damage due to negligence or improper equipment use but these cases are in the minority with thousands of successful treatments undergone each year.
However, in most cases, laser resurfacing is not painful and sessions do not require a large time commitment. Hence, laser resurfacing is a non surgical procedure that is performed on an out patient basis. Read More…
The type of skin laser treatment that will be most effective for you depends on the type of scar you have. A consultation with a doctor experienced in laser scar removal will determine the best strategy.