If you have facial scarring from an injury or acne, you may be looking at different treatment options to make these marks less noticeable. You don't have to undergo surgery to get rid of scar tissue; there are lots of skin rejuvenation treatments out there to consider. Here are four treatments that you may want to look into.
There are different types of laser therapies you can try depending on the type of scarring you have. For instance, there are ablative lasers, like CO2 lasers, which require some local anesthetic because they remove the outer layers of the skin. These lasers are usually better for deep scarring, while non-ablative lasers (where the light passes through the skin without removing layers) are better for less severe scarring.
Botox, a medication prepared from a bacteria botulin toxin, is often associated with reducing fine lines. However, Botox may also be helpful in reducing scar tissue. If you've recently had a surgery that caused scarring, you may want to ask your doctor about Botox injections, as one study found that early postsurgical Botox injections can cause narrower, flatter scarring. Botox can temporarily paralyze underlying muscle so that there is less tensile force pulling overlying skin, thus reducing scar formation. Botox may also affect the cell cycle distribution as your skin heals and prevent an overabundance of fibroblasts, which are collagen proteins involved in the formation of scar tissue.
Some people may develop atrophic scars, like icepick scars, which are indented scars that have healed below the normal layer of skin tissue. These scars often form after chickenpox, cystic acne, or after a mole has been removed. One way to address atrophic scarring is with microneedling. During microneedling, a skin technician will use sterile needles to puncture the skin around the scar. This microtrauma to the skin stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which are proteins that help keep your skin smooth. A review of microneedling found it to be an effective treatment on its own or with other treatment methods.
During a cryo-fascial, a therapist will pump liquid nitrogen across the face for a few minutes to even the skin's appearance. For deeper scars, your therapist can use deeper cryotherapy to freeze and flatten raised scar tissue, such as keloids. Like microneedling, cryotherapy can encourage the body to produce collagen and elastin to repair microtrauma to the skin.
These are just a few skin rejuvenation treatments to consider. Reach out to a hair and skin care provider in your area, such as RNA Medical Aesthetics, for more details today.