Scars: Thanks to New Laser Therapy, You Don’t Have to Live With Them

Are you tired of covering up or concealing unsightly scars? Have you tried a variety of topical treatments to reduce their appearance without success? You’re not alone, and you don’t have to live with those scars.

Dr. Padma Sripada at Columbia Internal Medicine understands how traumatic scars can be, especially those located on your face of parts of the body that typically aren’t covered. That’s why she offers skin rejuvenation treatments that use the latest in laser therapy — the Icon™ Aesthetic System — as part of her whole-person approach to health and wellness.

What is laser therapy?

Laser therapy delivers short pulses of concentrated light into the skin. The heat energy this generates can remove thin layers of skin and stimulate new growth, reducing the appearance of scars.

Lasers can either be ablative (wounding) or nonablative (non-wounding). Ablative laser therapy removes the top layers of skin, while nonablative lasers — like the Icon laser Dr. Sripada uses — stimulate collagen and elastin, treating the deeper layers of skin tissue without harming the surface. Other lasers use a process called fractional photothermolysis and can be either ablative or nonablative.

Considered a safe and effective skin treatment, there is is little downtime required for laser therapy. What’s more, laser therapy is more cost-effective than surgical alternatives, and studies have shown laser therapy is effective at minimizing the appearance of scars.

Am I a candidate for laser therapy?

Laser treatments are considered safe for most patients in good health who want to reduce the appearance of scars without the added cost and recovery time or surgery. The Icon laser can treat a wide variety of skin types.

As a skilled physician, Dr. Sripada first completes an overall health assessment and evaluates your skin to recommend the best course of treatment. If you’re a candidate for Icon laser therapy, Dr. Sripada works with you to customize a treatment plan for your unique needs to ensure the best outcome possible.

What should I expect from laser therapy?

No two scars are identical, which is why individualized treatment plans are the most effective. The Icon system uses a combination of laser energy and intense pulsed light (IPL), meaning it’s versatile and highly customizable to give you optimal results.

Most laser treatments begin with the application of a topical anesthetic to ensure your comfort. During the session, controlled laser and IPL energy penetrates below the top layers of your skin to break down scar tissue. The treatment doesn’t damage your skin’s surface, and most patients experience little to no discomfort.

The laser therapy stimulates the production of collagen and elastin to foster the replacement of damaged, scarred skin with healthy, new skin. In most cases, Icon laser therapy reduces the appearance of unsightly scars with minimal interruption to your schedule in only a handful of laser treatment sessions.

If you’re ready to learn more about the latest in laser therapy and what it can do to diminish your scars, contact Columbia Internal Medicine for a consultation today.

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