Scarring occurs following many injuries or skin conditions. Many people feel uncomfortable or unattractive because of their scarring. With modern technology, laser treatments are available to reduce the appearance of scars and restore the youthful appearance of your skin. In laser treatment, the top layer of skin is vaporized with fractionated laser technology stimulating the formation of new collagen, resulting in an even and smoother skin tone. The specialists at Santa Monica Eye Medical Group use PicoSure, an advanced laser technology which offers a gentle treatment to reduce the appearance of scarring. Results are typically seen with one treatment, but for best the results, a course of three or four treatments is usually recommended.
What Happens During Treatment?
The doctor will clean the area to be treated and a mild topical anesthetic will be applied. When the skin is ready, the doctor will direct the laser at the areas to be treated. PicoSure treatment typically takes 20-30 minutes but can be longer depending on the size of the area to be treated. The laser exfoliates the topmost layer of skin, reducing the appearance of scarring and allowing new, fresh skin to grow in its place. The laser also stimulates collagen production which contributes to the smooth youthful appearance of skin.
How Do I Care for My Skin After Treatment?
Following treatment, it is important to stay out of the sun. After any laser treatment, your skin will be extra sensitive to the sun and exposure could result in discoloration. Wear a high SPF broad spectrum sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat any time you go outside. Keep your skin moisturized and follow any instructions that your doctor gives you to care for your skin after treatment, including using any prescribed post treatment ointments and cleansing frequency. Your skin may be itchy after treatment. It is important to avoid the temptation to pick or scratch at it.