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Kiss Your Scars Goodbye!
Reduce the Look of Scarring with Laser Rejuvenation Treatment in Ottawa
Scars are a common fact of life.
We’ve all got at least one (yep, your belly button is a scar!) and chances are we all skinned our knees or elbows as a kid.
Scars are a result of the body’s natural healing process producing too much or too little collagen to heal a wound. The variation in scar size, shape, and colour depend on the wound and how it healed.
Of course, some scars are more noticeable than others. Whether from acne or a visible scar on your arm, leg, or face, they can be a source of embarrassment.
As a result, you might avoid certain clothing styles or swimwear. Facial scarring, in particular, usually results in a lot of careful makeup to help diminish its appearance or hide it outright.
Thankfully, there are ways you can reduce or remove scarring! Dropping by your Ottawa skincare clinic is a great way to learn about scar removal techniques like laser rejuvenation. This treatment replaces damaged scar tissue with new, beautiful skin cells unmarred by damage.
Laser rejuvenation is a non-ablative treatment, which means it won’t remove your top layer of skin. Instead, it uses infrared laser pulses to heat your skin’s inner layer without damaging the surface.
The heat from the laser promotes collagen production in scar tissue. This results in the generation of new skin cells to replace the scar’s damaged cells. This non-ablative treatment is also safe for all skin types.
To learn more about this solution for scars, read on and visit an Ottawa laser rejuvenation professional for a consultation.
What To Ask Your Skincare Professional Before Your Appointment
For the best results, it’s important to find a trained and experienced skincare professional to do the treatment. Make sure to ask what type of laser they are using and what their experience is with different lasers.
Another important question to ask is if the facility has medical staff available. When opting for any laser treatment, it’s reassuring to know there is trained medical staff on hand just in case you need them.
Finally, ask to see before and after photos of past patients and their treatment results. These photos will give you an idea of what to expect from the laser rejuvenation treatment.
How Many Sessions Are Needed?
Typically, you will need four to six treatments to achieve the desired results. However, this number varies by patient, and depends on factors such as the scar and skin healing properties.
Although you will notice subtle results within a couple of weeks to two months, results are cumulative. So you will see optimal results after your course of treatments.
Is the Process Painful?
No. Since laser rejuvenation is a non-ablative and non-invasive procedure, it will not hurt your skin. This eliminates the need for aftercare treatment, since there are no surface wounds to heal.
Laser rejuvenation is described as feeling like a gentle warming on the surface of the skin. What’s more, it does not require the application of anaesthetics, creams, or gels.
Preparing for Treatment
There is no comprehensive list of before-care instructions for laser rejuvenation. Just avoid tanning your skin in the months leading up to the treatment.
Be sure to arrive to your appointment with clean skin, free of makeup, sunscreen, and other skincare products. Your skincare clinic may also ask you to shave the treatment area if necessary.
Your skincare specialist will discuss these instructions with you before your treatment.
During treatment and recovery, you must avoid direct sun exposure to your treatment area.
Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen (minimum SPF 30) before going outside and cover up! Wear a broad-brimmed hat or long sleeves or pants to keep things safe while your skin recovers.
What to Expect
Laser rejuvenation treatments last about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the treatment area. Better still, there’s no downtime following the procedure, so you can get back to your day in no time!
With that in mind, due to the nature of the treatment, the results are subtle. You’re healing and rejuvenating the scar’s skin cells from deep within your skin, after all.
The skin regeneration process will take time, sometimes a few months, so you’ll have to be patient.
It’s also important to note that laser rejuvenation will not eliminate scarring. You will see a significant reduction in the scar’s appearance, though.
Are There Any Side Effects?
There are no common serious side effects from laser rejuvenation treatments. You might experience minor redness following the treatment, but this usually only lasts for a few hours. Aside from slight temporary redness, you shouldn’t experience any adverse effects.
Laser rejuvenation treatments help reduce the appearance of scarring once and for all. And this treatment successfully reduces the appearance of other skin imperfections as well, such as redness, large pores, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Contact your skincare professionals to see if laser scar removal is right for you!