Throughout history, facial scarring has been a source of low self-esteem for men, women and children. Facial scar treatments are performed Dr. DeEtta Gray for patients from Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Seattle and throughout the Northwest to reduce/ minimize these scars with today’s technology.
Facial scarring is usually caused by inflammatory or cystic acne, trauma, burns, surgery or a result of aggressive chicken pox. Scars form as part of the body’s healing process whenever multiple layers of skin are injured. Facial scars can negatively affect a patient’s self-esteem, as well as his or her business and social life. Many of these patients seek treatment to improve the appearance or texture of their facial scars.
What are my facial scar treatment options?
Today, Dr. Gray can choose from multiple treatment modalities. Their options include excisional surgery, punch grafting, soft tissue augmentation, laser skin resurfacing, and chemical peels and dermabrasion.
Which facial scar treatment is best for me?
During your conference with Dr. Gray, explain your goals and expectations of the treatment. She will assess the nature of your scars, your expectations and explain the potential outcome of your procedure.
Dr. Gray will prescribe the most appropriate treatment to achieve your expectations.
You may be shown several before and after treatment photographs of patients with similar scars, and your surgeon will explain the procedure you can expect to receive and the results that you can anticipate.
The facial scar treatment procedures
The following procedures are usually performed on an outpatient basis and usually require local anesthesia.
Excisional surgery is the cutting away of scar tissue. Punch grafting is the removal of the scar tissue and suturing of the punch site or replacement with a graft of good, healthy skin.
Scar & Wrinkle release is a minimally-invasive technique (also known as “undermining” or “subcision”) that breaks apart the depressed scars, deep creases, or fine lines with a special needle or instrument. New tissue is created that raises the scar or unwanted depression.
Dermal filler injections are good treatments for shallow and deep scars. These fillers can be injected into the area of the scar, smoothing depressions. Results are immediately apparent. Patients usually require touch-up treatments every 6 months to 1 year.
Chemical Peels use a chemical solution to gently burn away, in a controlled fashion, the fine outer layers of the skin. The solutions are available in several strengths, depending on the degree of peeling desired. Healing of the skin tissue can take from 3 days to 3 weeks. A new, smoother layer of skin is then formed.
Microneedling is a newer procedure is a new and innovative non-surgical, cosmetic procedure. SkinPen© uses automated technology that creates “micro” skin punctures or injuries to the skin. This induces the skin’s self-repair process and stimulation of new collagen. The benefits are improvement of the quality and appearance of the acne scars and hyperpigmentation. Any skin type may benefit from this procedure, with minimal recovery time.
Fractional CO2 Laser resurfacing gives your physician precise control of the depth of the procedure, which gently vaporizes the damaged or acne-scarred skin promoting the production of new collagen and smoother skin. Fractionated C02 laser resurfacing removal can be performed with local anesthesia, and limited areas or full face may be treated. The procedure is performed right in our office.
Dr. Gray performs a variety of facial scar treatments, so your treatment can be tailored to achieve your expectations.