Scars result from the body’s natural healing of injured tissue. Following injury and trauma, the body forms new collagen fibers to mend the damage. The composition of the new collagen of scar tissues will be different than that of healthy skin, resulting in the appearance of scars. Scar formation is dependent on various factors including severity of injury, age, genetics, ethnicity etc.
There are various types of scars and being able to identify them is crucial to select the most appropriate treatment for optimal results. Three main groups of scars include:
Atrophic scars: Pitted and sunken scars on the skin are formed due to degradation of collagen and subcutaneous fat. Examples of atrophic scars include acne scars and pockmarks.
Hypertrophic scars: Raised, discoloured scars that result from over production of collagen during the wound healing process.
Keloid scars: Similar to hypertrophic scars, keloid scars are raised scars that are formed from an over production of collagen. The key distinction between keloids and hypertrophic scars is that keloid scars grow beyond the boundaries of the original area of injury, while hypertrophic scars are confined to the wound area. If keloids are left untreated, they may continue to grow over time.
After skin assessment and consultation with one of our skin experts, we build a customized treatment plan that will generate the most optimal results for the individual patient. Our recommendation will depend largely on the patient’s skin type and conditions and the type of scar(s) to be treated.
In terms of treating atrophic scars such as acne scars, we often pair our Infini RF Microneedling with the Yellowbeam to deliver ultimate, enduring results. The Infini RF Microneedling treatment involves transmitting thermal energy with microneedles deep into the dermis to stimulate collagen production. The new collagen will effectively remodel and fill in the scars. Similarly, with the Yellowbeam, the laser will create controlled micro-injuries to the skin to induce collagen and elastin fiber production.
After the injury, aside from the formation of scar tissues, it is also common for the injured area to be hyperpigmented. The Yellowbeam will also effectively target the melanin and treat the hyperpigmentation, allowing injured skin to return to its original colour.
Our technologies effectively and safely treat patients with both light and darker skin types, with minimal risk of side effects.