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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.
Are you interested in facial scar treatment with Dr. Gross? Request a consultation today, or call our office at (407) 333-3040.
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:
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.
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 painless procedure in which red light is applied directly to the scar by our licensed medical aesthetician, this treatment decreases redness and discoloration of scars.
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.
This method treats thicker hypertrophic or keloid scars. A medical corticosteroid injected within the scar causes the tissue to atrophy, contract, and level off with the normal tissue.
Surface gel sheeting materials minimize scars and reduce scar formation. These non-medicated strips, available over the counter, are worn on the affected area either 24/7 or during sleep.
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.
To learn more about this procedure, please view our Facial Scarring FAQ.
"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."
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