Laser Scar Reduction in Lima, OH
Scars vary in shape and size and can result from an accident, surgery or even acne. But there’s one thing they all have in common – we can treat them! Thanks to advances in laser scar removal, you don’t necessarily have to undergo cosmetic surgery to improve your appearance. At the Vein Care Center, we provide expert care for the removal of scars for patients in Lima, Celina and the surrounding areas of Auglaize County, OH, under the guidance of board-certified and aesthetic-laser-certified family physician Dr. Manu B. Aggarwal, MHSA, MD.
What Is Laser Scar Reduction?
Laser scar reduction is a safe and effective method of minimizing the appearance of scars. There are many types of lasers that can help with scar reduction. One is ablative, non-ablative and fractional.At the Vein Care Center, we use FDA approved* Laser Genesis Skin Therapy® (non-ablative), which provides outstanding results for our patients. (Be sure to check out our Before and After page to see the results of a few of our patients who have undergone laser scar revision at the Vein Care Center.)
Dr. Aggarwal will guide the laser handpiece over your skin. It won’t hurt, but you will experience a warming sensation. The laser heats the dermis (the underlying layer of your skin), which stimulates the growth of collagen. In just four to six treatments, you’ll see smoother, more attractive skin as the upper layers of skin are replaced by new skin. The sensation is similar to sitting in front of a fireplace. Treatments can be combined with cryotherapy, steroid injection or silicone gel use depending on goals. These options will be discussed with you at your appointment.
Unfortunately, scar reductionis not a one time treatment and requires several treatments, spaced out about every 4 weeks. Immediately following the treatment, your skin will be slightly red over the treated area(s) and will disappear within a day. As time goes on and with each treatment, there is a gradual reduction in the scar with improved texture, even tone and size. Eventually the scar can disappear depending on results.
What Are the Benefits of Laser Scar Reduction?
Laser treatment is a great choice for people interested in scar revision but don’t want plastic surgery or are prone to keloid formation. The benefits of laser scar reduction are:
- It’s minimally invasive, doesn’t require needles or cutting
- It’s painless
- No downtime
- Improved confidence and self-image
- Highly effective
- Healthier, more attractive skin
- Can be used to treat all scars and types
What Types of Scars Can Be Treated?
Laser scar reduction can be used on any scar on any part of the body including acne scars, medical or surgical scars, or scars resulting from injury or trauma. Your specific treatment plan will be customized for your scar. Deep-grooved scars may need to be treated with a more ablative laser which requires some downtime and post-procedure care.
Many of our patients at the Vein Care Center visit us for acne scar removal. Other types of scars that can be treated include keloid scars, hypertrophic scars and other raised scars. Scars can be treated as early as six weeks. An example may be following a c-section or plastic surgery.
Who Should Avoid Laser Scar Removal Treatments?
Dr. Aggarwal will assess your scar at your screening and inform you about what you can expect from laser scar removal therapy. While laser treatments are highly effective at treating most scars, some patients should avoid the procedure, including those with cystic acne, psoriasis or dermatitis. Dr. Aggarwal is the best person to make the determination of whether or not you are a good candidate for laser scar reduction.
How Much Does Laser Scar Removal Cost?
The staff at the Vein Care Center strives to make laser scar removal accessible for all our patients. That’s why we accept multiple payment methods — cash, personal checks, credit cards and money orders. Financing is also an option through CareCredit®.
At the Vein Care Center, we want you to love how you look. Unfortunately, scars can often influence the way a person feels about his or her appearance in a negative way. Our laser scar removal treatments can change that! Dr. Manu B. Aggarwal, MHSA, MD, is a board-certified and aesthetic-laser-certified family physician who has been improving the lives of patients in Lima, Celina and the surrounding areas of Auglaize County, OH, for years. To see what she and her staff can do for you, contact us today!
*The Cutera Family of CoolGlide Aesthetic Lasers is FDA approved for the reduction of red pigmentation in hypertrophic and keloid scars where vascularity is an integral part of the scar. It is approved for use on all skin types, including tanned skin.