When the skin is in the process of recovering from an injury — whether the result of an accident, surgery, a burn, or acne — scarring will occur wherever multiple layers of the skin have been affected. Scars are usually permanent once they form, but they may be made less visible with several possible treatments. The key is to treat scars early to lessen their effect. Dr. Edward J. Gross offers scar removal treatment for Orlando women and men who would like to restore their smooth, natural skin.
Most people are self-conscious about scars. Some people may also experience diminished functioning of the eyes, mouth, or nose due to facial scarring. At Primera, we have several treatment options to improve the appearance of scars after:
Acne and chicken pox
Injuries and accidents
Skin cancers and small biopsies
See your results before surgery!
Our practice is among the few that use computer imaging to show potential results. With the help of this technology, Dr. Gross can reliably tailor a surgical treatment plan for the unique needs of each patient.
Facial Scarring Treatment With a Facial Plastic Surgery Specialist
All scars, including stretch marks at early stages, have a pink/purple discoloration that denotes excess circulation within the scar. When these signs appear about 3 to 6 months after the skin injury, this is the ideal time to improve the color and reduce the scar's visibility. At later stages, increased circulation subsides, and the scar may become white and permanent.
Thanks to Dr. Gross' facial reconstruction training and his vast laser expertise, we receive a number of referrals for laser scar therapy. The most commonly used lasers are the pulsed dye laser and the Fraxel® laser. These technologies have been a tremendous breakthrough in scar treatments. For many of our Orlando patients, they provide relief without the need for surgery.
Although Dr. Gross is strictly a cosmetic surgeon (our practice does not accept insurance), the costs of laser scar therapy are quite reasonable, and the results are very pleasing.
Scar Revision/Stretch Mark Treatments Available
Our different kinds of scar treatments can be performed alone or in combination with each other. Some of the following treatments will require several sessions for full results:
A concentrated beam of yellow light targets blood vessels in the scar. The light converts to heat, shrinking the blood vessels and reducing the scar and its telltale pink color while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
Used to treat hypertrophic scars, microdermabrasion exfoliates the thick epidermis on top of the scar, sanding it to the level of the normal skin. Deeper scars may require dermabrasion under anesthesia.
Dr. Gross may prescribe low-potency prescription-strength steroids to reduce inflammation and scar redness. We generally treat for no more than 2 months to avoid thinning the skin. Steroid ointments should never be covered with bandages or gel sheets. We recommend steroid ointments instead of creams, which contain an alcohol base that dries the skin.
This treatment uses a Fraxel® laser, which is a resurfacing laser that can target specific scar tissue. This erbium-based laser has a high affinity for water and produces minimal heat, making for an excellent safety profile. You may have some downtime (2 to 3 days) with associated pinkness, especially if the scar is deep or complex.
"Prevention of scarring is very important, as is proper wound care. Remember that antibiotic ointments should NEVER be used on the face, as they are associated with high levels of contact dermatitis, allergic reactions, and potential for worsening a wound."
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Gross has joined Faces of Honor, offering pro bono medical and surgical expertise to veterans who sustained face or neck injuries while deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Our motivation is simple: provide a "thank you" to the brave men and women who have served our country so well by offering our surgical expertise and skills as caring physicians.