Loveland and Fort Collins Scar and Stretch Mark Treatments
Scars are areas of fibrous tissue that replace normal skin after injury or surgery. These injuries can be caused by trauma, active acne or rapidly stretching skin during pregnancy or a rapid growth spurt. Scarring is a natural part of the healing process of the body. No two scars are the same and each person’s scars heal differently. All scarring is composed of the same collagen as the tissue it has replaced, but the composition of the scar tissue, compared to the normal tissue, is different.
Facial scarring is a common complaint among patients. Several etiologies, including inflammatory acne, trauma, previous surgical procedures, and viral infections such as varicella or herpes simplex, can lead to permanent scarring. There are two broad classifications of facial scarring: Atrophic (indented) and Hypertrophic (raised). The following types of scar occur in acne and require specific treatment protocols:
Ice-pick scars – these are deep, narrow, pitted scars
Rolling scars – broad depressions with a sloping edge
Boxcar scars – round to oval in shape with well-defined vertical edges and a flat base.
Shallow/Atrophic scars – a cluster of miniaturized boxcar scars. They usually emerge in groups of four or more and occur mainly on the cheeks.
Hypertrophic or keloid scars – raised, lumpy scars
Stretch Marks are also a form of scarring on the skin that occur from tissue under your skin tearing from rapid growth or over-stretching. Treatments and treatment combination are often similar to those used when treating acne scars.
An individual may have sevaral different types of acne scars in one area and, therefore, may a combination of treatments that targets each specific scar type. It is important to understand the timeline of these combination therapies and which treatments may be employed simultaneously versus those that are spaced out several months apart. Each patient is unique, and clinical improvement may vary significantly among patients. We recommend reassessment of the patient 3 to 6 months following treatment to determine if further procedures would be beneficial.
We present a general guideline of combination treatment options that may be considered in approaching the patient with facial scarring or stretch marks:
Chemical Peels and VIVA RF Fractional
Microneedling, PRP, and Carboxy Therapy
Laser Skin Resurfacing and Hydroabrasion
Bellafill and VIVA RF Fractional
CO2 Laser Resurfacing, Bellafill and Chemical Peel
The goal of all indented scar and stretch mark treatments is to create new collagen and skin tissue. Growth factors contained in your blood are valuable catalysts in this regeneration process. This is why we combine our indented scar and stretch mark revisions with Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy.
Our wide range of technologies offer effective solutions for accident scarring such as road rash, surgical scars from tummy tucks, breast implants, breast reduction or liposuction, stretch marks and unsightly acne scars.
Call Restore Beauty at 970-278-0900, email us at office@RestoreBeauty.net, orschedule your complimentary consultation.
LASER sKIN RESURFACING + PRP
CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing is a non-surgical, minimal downtime laser treatment that removes the damaged and scarred tissue from hundreds of microscopic channels, so the body can replace it with new, healthy skin cells. Over the next few months, new collagen and connective tissue forms. Old and new scars or stretch marks on any part of the body can be treated.
Our proprietary protocol of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) infusion immediately post-procedure delivers healing growth factors from your own blood to speed up the healing and regeneration process.
Bellafill is the only long-term filler that is FDA approved to treat distensible acne scars. Bellafill fades acne scars by adding volume to them, bringing them to the level of the surrounding skin and keeping them there long-term. Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers, which often dissolve within a few months, Bellafill actually stimulates new collagen formation, leading to lasting improvement. It restores the skin rather than just fills it. Dr. Howton is the only physician in Northern Colorado certified to perform Bellafill injections.
This technology is a safe alternative to our CO2 Fractional Laser treatment for individuals with darker skin complexion. The same microscopic channels are created as with Laser Resurfacing, but with gentler radiofrequency energy.
We also combine Venus VIVA with our proprietary protocol of PRP infusion for enhanced healing and recovery. Depending on the type of scarring, we recommend 4-6 treatments.
Microneedling uses fine needles that prick your skin. During the skin-pricking process, your skin produces more collagen in an effort to heal the small wounds from the needles. The new collagen that is formed will help smooth out your skin’s appearance, helping to fill in fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks and scars. Microneedling works best for depressed, not raised, acne scars. This treatment is considered safe for darker skin tones, thin and sensitive skin. We combine Microneedling with our proprietary infusion of PRP (Vampire Facial) for enhanced healing and recovery.
There are different types of peels which can help with scarring - Medium or Deep Chemical Peels.
Medium-depth chemical peels remove the epidermis and penetrate into the deep part of the skin causing destruction, protein denaturation, and inflammation at a deeper level. This, in turn, results in collagen remodeling and, therefore, scar improvement and tightening.