Scars, whether they're on the face or on the body, can be embarrassing and upsetting for many patients today. Patients who are dealing with flat scars that mar their appearance can opt for scar removal with the Cynosure® ICON™ laser. Nouvé Med Spa in Downey, California, Robert Wielenga, MD and the team offer this service to patients who are ready to enjoy scar-free skin at last. To discuss your options for scar removal, call our office, or use our convenient online scheduling tool to make your appointment today.
Candidates for laser scar removal can include nearly anyone who is troubled by scars on their face or body. Certain types of scars such as acne scars, surgical scars, or other flat types of scars, are best suited for this type of treatment. Keloid scars -- the scars that are highly raised off the skin -- are usually not good candidates for laser scar removal. Lighter skin tones usually respond best to laser scar removal, but treatment can be customized for even darker skin tones in some cases. If you're unsure whether you're a good candidate for laser scar removal, please contact Nouvé Med Spa, and we'll be glad to set up a consultation for you.
Laser scar removal is generally not painful thanks to the Advanced Contact Cooling™ that's part of the ICON laser system. Heat from the laser is offset by immediate cooling, making the process quite tolerable for most patients.
The ICON laser emits fractional laser light that targets the scar tissue to cause a breakdown of that tissue. The scar tissue fragments are then absorbed back into the body to be eliminated through the body's normal elimination processes.
Most patients need four to eight treatment sessions in total, but this does vary by individual. Nouvé Med Spa is happy to arrange a consultation for you so they can create a custom treatment plan based on your specific scars. Each treatment session is quite short, usually 30 minutes or less.
Post-treatment, you may notice some redness, similar to a mild sunburn, in the treatment area. A small amount of swelling may also occur. This usually resolves in 24 hours or less. Most patients need no downtime at all before resuming their usual routine.
Most people experience great results after a series of three to five treatments. The number of treatments you need depends on various factors, all of which will be discussed at your consultation. You'll notice your skin looking clearer about a week after the first treatment, but it might take up to a year for the full results to show.
Most scar removal results are permanent; however, you may need an additional touch-up treatment if you didn't get the results you wanted during the first treatment sessions.
*Individual results may vary.