Scar Treatment - Adelaide
Scars are areas of fibrous tissue that replace normal skin after injury. Scarring is a natural part of the healing process but can be devastating to our self-esteem. These imperfections can impact our lives in ways we don’t realise. ACM has a selection of scar treatments designed to address your scarring problem. Although scars cannot be completely removed, these scar treatments can improve your appearance and quality of life.
Give yourself a confidence boost by finding out which treatment is right for you.
1. Scar treatments can significantly reduce the appearance of scars, improving your quality of life.
2. Most treatments will also enhance your overall complexion, providing a youthful and rejuvenated appearance.
3. The treatments will also lessen any discomfort caused by your scars due to the type or location of the scarring, such as rashes, itching, pain, and restricted movement.
4. Our scar treatments are non-surgical, minimally invasive, and require little downtime.
How it works
What Kind Of Scarring Can Our scar Treatment Address?
If you have scarring caused by acne, chicken pox, infections, injuries, burns, stretch marks, surgery and more, you will benefit from one of ACM’s range of scar treatments. The type of treatment most suited for you depends on whether you have a raised or sunken scar. Whether you have an indented scar (atrophic scar), a slightly raised one (hypertrophic scar) or a keloid scar with too much scar tissue, Dr Targett can recommend the best treatment for you.
The types of scars that can be treated with one of our treatments or a combination include:
- Acne scarring
- Post-surgical scars
- Hypertrophic scars
- Keloid scars
- Facial scarring
- Self-harm scars
- Chickenpox scars
- Trauma scarring
What Are Atrophic Scars?
Atrophic scars look like small dents or pits in the skin. They are irregularly shaped and tend to be jagged around the edges. This type of scar can form after severe acne or chickenpox.
Atrophic scars are a result of damage to the underlying tissues beneath the skin. These tissues could be muscle or fat, and to raise your scar, these will need to be treated first.
What Are Keloid Scars?
Keloid scars are extra scar tissue growths due to spontaneous scar formation and can be soft and doughy or hard and rubbery. They can appear soon after an injury or develop months later. Keloids may be uncomfortable or itchy and may be much larger than the original wound.
Keloids may form on any part of the body, although the upper chest and shoulders are especially prone to them. It is still unclear why wound healing sometimes leads to keloid formation. While most people never form keloids, others develop them after minor injuries, burns, insect bites and acne spots. People with darker skin tones tend to form keloids more easily than people with lighter skin. A person is more likely to develop a keloid if they are under the age of 30, pregnant or have a history of keloids in their family.
Keloids are harmless to general health and do not change into skin cancers.
What Kind Of Treatments Do We Provide?
ACM provides the latest top-of-the-line scar treatment services for our clients. These include Laser Genesis, skin needling, Factor 4, dermal fillers, chemical peels, Venus Viva MD, and medical treatments like steroid injections and scar gels. For hypertrophic scars it is often a combination of treatments which works the best.
Are there any risks involved?
No cosmetic treatment is without associated risks or complications, and it is crucial that individuals are aware of this before choosing to undergo any treatment. Scar treatments have the following potential risks and complications:
- Changes to skin sensation
- Poor scarring
Scar treatments can only minimise the appearance of the scar, not remove it altogether, and there is still the potential for the scars not to heal correctly or for new scars to form, depending on how well your body recovers from the treatments. Patients must keep this in mind when undergoing treatments to have realistic expectations for the outcome. Also, following personalised aftercare instructions can be crucial in minimising the potential for these risks, including scarring.
What should I do after my treatment?
Even before your treatment, you should be taking care of yourself to optimise your body’s ability to heal after treatment, such as maintaining a healthy diet, ceasing smoking, and reducing your alcohol intake. After your treatment, you will need to follow your specific aftercare instructions, that can include:
• Avoid sleeping on or applying pressure to the treatment area.
• Attend all post-treatment appointments to monitor healing.
• Use high SPF sun protection.
• Apply any lotions required to help heal.
• Maintain a healthy diet and drink plenty of water.
The specific aftercare instructions will change depending on the type of treatment. Dr Targett will advise you on exactly what to do after your treatment to ensure the best possible results.
Dr Rahma Targett
Dr Rahma Targett is a General Practitioner(FRACGP), with a specialty in Cosmetic Medicine. She founded Advanced Cosmetic Medicine in 2016 and has since become well known as a trusted and in demand Cosmetic Physician in Adelaide. She has a Diploma in Dermoscopy and a Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine with the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. Dr Targett is a leader in her field and regularly attends Cosmetic conferences to keep up to date with modern aesthetic techniques. At advanced Cosmetic Medicine you can always be reassured that you will be welcomed and treated personally by Dr Rahma Targett.
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Laser Genesis Scar Treatment
Laser Genesis is very effective at removing the excessive redness of scars. By delivering microsecond pulses to your skin, Laser Genesis gently heats the dermis (deeper layer of the skin), promoting collagen production and raising sunken scars.
Laser Genesis treatments are comfortable, even soothing, and can be performed as a lunchtime procedure with no downtime necessary.
Skin Needling Scar Treatment
Skin needling is a highly recommended treatment that stimulates collagen growth to even out skin texture. By creating micropunctures in the skin, skin needling triggers the body’s healing processes, producing new collagen and rejuvenating the skin. The effects of skin needling are immediate, and the results become more evident weeks after the treatment.
Factor 4 ScarTreatment
Factor 4 boosts collagen production using an all-natural serum rich in growth factors derived from your own body. The treatment can be applied using a range of techniques to improve skin texture, resulting in a smoother skin surface.
Dermal Filler Scar Treatment
Dermal fillers can raise the surface of sunken scars and break down scar tissue bands holding down the skin and causing the sunken appearance of the scar. ACM uses high-quality dermal fillers made of the natural product (term forbidden by TGA), a naturally-occurring substance found in the body that binds to water and plumps up the area under the scar.
Chemical Peels Treatments
ACM offers chemical peels of varying degrees to promote new skin growth and improve skin texture. Best for mild to medium scarring, chemical peels can stimulate cellular turnover and reveal a fresh, new layer of skin underneath.
Medical treatments such as steroid injections and scar gels help reduce the extent of scarring in the early stages.
A corticosteroid solution can be injected directly into a hypertrophic or keloid scar to help reduce its size. By breaking the bonds between collagen fibres, steroids can reduce the amount of scar tissue beneath the skin.
Scar gels can be used to prevent excessive scarring, reduce redness and discolouration as well as soften and flatten raised scars.
Which Treatment Is Right For You?
Don’t let your scars hold you back – live the best version of yourself.
Give us a call today and find out which scar treatment is best for your needs.