If you are unhappy with the appearance of a scar, a laser scar treatment can help you achieve smoother, clearer skin. Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Associates offers laser scar treatment and other laser treatments to men and women living in Fairfax, Washington DC, Arlington and Annandale, VA and the surrounding cities.
What is Laser Scar Treatment?
Laser scar treatment is a scar revision technique that uses laser skin resurfacing to remove layers of skin one by one, reducing the darkened, raised appearance of a scar. Laser scar treatment can be used for scars nearly anywhere on the body, which also includes acne scars. The laser scar treatment also encourages collagen production, which can produce further benefits in the appearance of the skin. At Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Associates, we use a fractionated CO2 ablative laser for laser scar treatments.
How Much Do Laser Scar Treatments Cost?
The cost of your laser skin resurfacing treatment at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Associates will depend on a number of factors, including the size of the treatment area and the number of treatments necessary. During your initial consultation, we will assess your skin and review your treatment goals in order to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your personal needs. Once this treatment plan is developed, we will be able to provide you with the exact cost of your procedure. In an effort to keep our treatments accessible, we are proud to accept CareCredit® financing in addition to traditional payment methods.
What is the Laser Scar Treatment Like?
Your laser scar treatment will depend on the size and location of the scar receiving treatment. The intensity of treatment will depend on the depth of the scar, as more layers of skin will have to be treated to produce the desired results. Deeper treatments may produce more discomfort, but we can provide a topical anesthetic to help make the patient as comfortable as possible. During treatment, layers of damaged skin will be removed one by one to eliminate the damaged skin.
What Can I Expect After My Laser Scar Treatment?
After your laser scar treatment, you may not notice results until the skin is fully recovered from treatment. However, once the skin begins to recover, you will notice an improvement in skin tone and texture in the treated area. Since laser resurfacing also stimulates collagen production, many patients also notice gradual improvements in their skin for up to six months after treatment. In some cases, multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve your desired results.
Is There Downtime After Laser Scar Treatment?
The downtime and recovery period following laser scar treatment will depend on the depth of your treatment. With most laser treatments, the skin develops side effects that are much like a sunburn. Patients may experience sensitivity and redness, and should avoid excessive sun exposure until they are fully healed. During your consultation, Dr. Shahabadi will give you more specific information regarding what to expect after treatment and how to care for your skin as it heals.
If you are considering laser scar treatment at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Associates, contact us today to schedule your initial consultation. We welcome patients from Fairfax, Washington DC, Arlington, Annandale, and the surrounding areas of the DMV.