Cuts, burns, sports injuries, acne, surgeries. They can leave their mark on your face or body. The appearance of scars can depressing, especially if the scar is visible to others. The way a scar appears is affected by its location, the level of trauma, and your genetic response to injuries. Is there anything you can do to make them go away?

Why do scars form?

When your body experiences trauma, its first reaction is to close the wound to protect against harmful bacteria and infection. There is an increase in your body’s production of a special form of collagen to close the wound. The collagen produces to heal wounds is thicker than normal, which leads to an area of skin that is thicker. As time passes, some of the collagen is absorbed by your body, but the scar remains.

Time and scars

The prominence of your scar will fade with time and proper care. But even with the best care, your scar will never completely disappear on its own. Gently massaging the scar a couple of times a day can help to encourage the scar-forming collagen to be reabsorbed by the body. Over-the-counter creams may also help your scar to fade, but there are limits to what topical creams and ointments can do. Smoking, exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays, and your genetic background all play a role in the degree to which your scars will fade with time. Laser scar removal can dramatically reduce the appearance of unsightly scars – and restore your self-confidence.

What is PicoSure?

Traditional laser treatments use pulsed light technology to deliver energy deep into the surface of the skin. These lasers deliver bursts of light in nanoseconds or a billionth of a second. PicoSure is a revolutionary new treatment for scars that delivers even shorter pulses measured in picoseconds, or one trillionth of a second. Because of its speed, PicoSure produces results much faster than older laser technology. Rather than treating your scars with heat, PicoSure creates such intense vibrations that your scar tissue breaks down, triggering your body’s natural healing processes. Your scar will begin to be replaced by healthy, new tissue, restoring the surface of your skin. 

How is the PicoSure laser used to treat scars?

PicoSure’s unique PressureWave technology work with your body’s innate healing processes to help it build new, healthy tissue. This technology produces a special wavelength of energy to put gentle pressure on your cells. The pressure activates the cells’ natural production of collagen and elastin without causing damage to the surrounding tissues. PicoSure treats all kinds of scars, including:

  • Acne scars
  • Burns
  • Surgical scars

Why should I choose Serenity Rejuvenation for scar removal?

Dr. Stephen O’Connell is a board-certified physician who believes in a holistic approach to aesthetic enhancement. Men and women who are seeking scar removal in Bellevue trust his caring demeanor and consistently excellent results for aesthetic procedures of all kinds. If you would like to explore how PicoSure can help reduce the appearance of your scars, Dr. O’Connell and his team offer the best in scar removal in the Bellevue area and beyond.