At Marina OB/GYN, Dr. Jamie Lipeles offers scar revision procedures utilizing the leading-edge CO2 laser.
Dr. Lipeles has eradicated unsightly scars with CO2 laser treatments for women throughout Marina Del Rey and Hawthorne, California.
We treat scars of all kinds to help our patients feel more confident in the skin they’re in. No matter what kind of scar you have, it is our pleasure to provide you with the recommended course of treatment after personalized consultation. These may include:
At Marina OB/GYN, Dr. Lipeles will examine the scar and recommend the best approach to improve your individual scars, keeping your preferences in mind. We use the latest technology to soften and lighten scars so they blend into the skin better, becoming less obvious and noticeable over time.
At Marina OB/GYN, one of the most common types of scars patients would like to improve is cesarean section scars after giving birth. The c-section scar can hinder a woman’s confidence and looks.
During a c-section, the surgeons in the operating suite are of course generally more concerned with safe and healthy childbirth than the aesthetics of the c-section scar. Surgical scar revision can be performed to improve the size and shape of the scar. C-section scar revision may involve re-opening the incision and then carefully reclosing it carefully, keeping the aesthetic outcome foremost in mind. This is a minimal surgery that is performed in less than one hour. In many cases, however, surgical revision is not necessary. CO2 laser provides incredible scar lightening results without the need for an operation under anesthesia.
Thanks to new laser technology, women don't have to live with most scars. Scar revision procedures help to eliminate the bulk of the scar tissue so that the wound can begin to heal without creating a large, extremely noticeable scar. If a large scar is being revised, the large scar may have to be surgically removed before the CO2 laser can be effective.
Most surgical scar revisions can be performed under local anesthesia in the office. However, if the scar is deep and extremely large, it may have to be performed under some form of anesthesia in an operating room. Smaller scar revision procedures can be performed in the doctor's office if the right equipment is nearby. When performed correctly, the visible appearance of a scar can be dramatically reduced. Women with scars.
A CO2 laser reduces the appearance of many types of scars, including acne scars, traumatic and surgical scars, as well as, wrinkles and sun damage. Another plus is that CO2 lasers can be customized. Treatment can be deeper or shallower, depending on the area being treated and the desired results.
The CO2 laser is an ablative laser that precisely targets thin layers of skin concentrated near the scar site while causing minimal damage to the surrounding skin tissue. CO2 laser resurfacing involves a short pulse of light energy to remove thin, superficial layers of damaged skin. A topical anesthetic (numbing solution) may be applied to the skin prior to treatment if necessary.
The CO2 laser can be used to directly impact the blood vessels in the skin and may actually affect how the collagen fibers react, softening the tissue and restoring elasticity. Scar tissue is often tough and fibrous, so breaking down some of the old scar tissue can make raised scars, also known as hypertrophic scars, flatten with successive treatments. Repeat treatments may be needed to see the desired result. While some scars may not be totally eliminated, but they will be greatly diminished. Each successive treatment builds on the results of the last session. The CO2 scar results are considered permanent. Softening and lightening dark, red scars help them blend in better with the nearby skin so that they appear less obvious.
CO2 scar treatments are considered one of the best ways to lighten scars without the need for invasive surgery. This is also known as laser skin resurfacing, or simply laser resurfacing. While there can be sometimes downtime associated with the procedure, ablative lasers are known to produce the most dramatic results. It takes about 3 to 10 days for the treated scar to heal. Temporary side effects such as swelling, redness, and crusting may occur while the skin heals after treatment. Recovery time varies based on several factors. The depth of the laser treatment and severity of the scar are two of the most significant factors. Individual healing times also vary as each patient’s skin heals at a different rate. Treating facial scars with CO2 laser can involve a few days of downtime in some cases, with some work and social activities being limited during this time. Scar revision with CO2 laser on the body generally has no downtime, as the treatment area may be easily covered with clothing so that the patient can proceed with normal activities of daily living as the treatment site heals.
Each person develops scars differently. How a wound heals and the health of the skin prior to the injury will determine what type of scar will form. The extent of the injury also determines the degree of scarring.
For example, scars typically form when the deep dermal layer is damaged. When a wound occurs due to an accident or injury, the skin must work to repair itself. The skin produces new collagen fibers, which are produced by fibroblasts in the skin. Collagen is a natural protein that gives skin strength and support. Scars form when collagen fibers near the wound begin to weave together. With a new network of collagen fibers, the skin rebuilds. Often, the repair site takes on a new texture or color than the surrounding skin. This is the scar or scar tissue. These fibers are often thicker and denser than those of the surrounding tissue and will create an area that is darker and coarser in texture. Scar tissue is much thicker and more rigid than other types of tissue.
To discuss more information about scar removal with a provider at Marina OB/GYN, call the office or book an appointment using the easy online scheduling system. We look forward to meeting you.