Facts & Treatments: Fraxel, IPL, skin needling and more

Scars don’t need to be a permanent mark on your skin. Our medispa has all of the latest non surgical treatments available to breakdown old scar tissue and improve the texture of your skin, including Fraxel, IPL, skin needling and more.

How does scar tissue form?

Scars form when the top layer of the skin is damaged, usually as a result of injury. When the skin is injured, the body naturally repairs the damage by producing new collagen fibres. This process results in the scarring of the skin. Depending on how deeply the injury penetrates your skin, scarring may be more or less prominent.

A severe wound that takes a long time to heal will typically leave behind a more prominent scar. A wound that heals quickly, say within two weeks, however, will form a smaller scar that is less obvious in appearance. New scars are usually pink or red in colour and turn to either a darker or lighter shade than your natural skin tone as it matures.

What causes my skin to scar?

We all have experiences in our lives that injure our skin and potentially leave a scar. This may be a surgical procedure, an injury that took a long time to heal, or constant acne breakouts due to having acne-prone skin.

These circumstances all leave the skin tissue to become wounded. When this happens, our body produces collagen to heal or replace lost and damaged skin. As mentioned, the result of this process often leaves behind a scar that may be raised or sunken, and lumpy or smooth in appearance.

Types of scars

There are four main types of scars – atrophic scars, keloid scars, hypertrophic scars and contracture scars.

Atrophic scars are the result of the destruction of collagen during an inflammatory condition, such as acne. These scars are typically depressed or sunken in appearance.

Keloid scars are the result of an overly aggressive healing process. These scars extend beyond the original injury and become thickened or protrude from the skin.

Hypertrophic scars are raised, red scars, similar to keloid scars, however do not extend beyond the boundary of the injury site.

Contracture scars are typically the result of a burn and can tighten the skin, which can impair your ability to move.

Our solutions

Scars are usually unwelcome and we understand that they may impact your self-esteem, especially if they’re in an obvious place, such as your face, as is typically the case with acne scarring. Using a number of medical grade technologies, we can visibly reduce the appearance of your scars. Here at Dr Anh’s Medispa, we offer a number of treatments that target scarring, including:

CO2 laser resurfacing for scarring

CO2 laser technology is an effective method for treating a wide range of scars. During treatment, short pulses of light will be delivered into the deep layers of the skin. These continuous light beams are used to remove thin layers of skin and stimulate collagen production. This induces the remodelling of the dermis for better skin quality and appearance.

Fraxel for scarring

Fraxel laser treatments are ideal to improve the appearance of both acne scars and surgical scars. Using fractional technology to target tissue deep within the skin, Fraxel triggers the natural healing process to replace the old, damaged skin with newer layers of healthy, undamaged skin.

IPL for scarring

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments pulse wavelengths of light into the skin’s surface, which creates controlled wounds on the skin. This prompts the skin to heal itself through creation of new cells, which improves the overall quality of the skin and reduces the appearance of scars.

Nd:YAG for scarring

Nd:YAG laser treatments are ideal for treating acne and other atrophic scars. Nd:YAG laser treatments work to penetrate the skin at the optimal depth to destroy the source of the scar and stimulate collagen synthesis, which ‘fills in’ the scar.

Dermapen for scarring

Dermapen is a microneedling technique, working to produce tiny micro punctures in the skin. This works to stimulate new collagen production to actively break up existing scar tissue and rebuild healthier, thicker and firmer skin. Dermapen treatments promote scarless healing, similar to other treatments, but without the downtime.

PRP for scarring

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments use the plasma component in your own blood to improve the texture of the skin. Plasma is rich in platelets, stem cells and growth factors, which stimulates the skin to produce more collagen. This works to improve skin texture and the appearance of scars.

Scarring doesn’t need to be permanent. By booking a consultation with Dr Anh, together we can develop a personalised treatment plan to best reduce the appearance of your scars. If you would like to know more about scar reduction, or to request an appointment, contact Dr Anh Plastic Surgeon, Medispa and Wellness Clinic today.