Scar Revision

Scar revision minimizes the color, shape, size and texture of a scar. The treatment varies according to the scar size and the location on the body. Topical creams, ointments and gels can be purchased over-the-counter to alleviate redness, itchiness and scar sensitivity. Collagen injections help raise, or fill-in, a sunken scar. Cortisone injections soften and shrink scars which have become hard. Microneedling penetrates the dermis with bipolar RF energy to heat the skin and promote collagen. Surgical scar removal excises wide, deep and long scars and scars that had trouble healing. Chemical peels and lasers eliminate scars that are red and itchy.

Patients who are good candidates for scar revision include those with a completely healed scar or scars that are flat, sunken and/or lumpy. In addition, people with scars that are a different color than the natural skin tone can have the scar revised to match the tone of the surrounding skin.

Topical creams, ointments and gels cost $15-$50 depending on the product size while cortisone injections are $100-$300 per host. Collagen injections run anywhere from $250-$800 per shot and microneedling is $200-$500 per session. Surgical scar removal runs from $1500-$5000 depending on the severity of the scar.  Chemical peels range from $200-$900 depending on the type of peel performed and laser treatments are $300-$800 for small scars and $1000-$2000 for large scars.

Topical creams, injections and microneedling have minimal recovery time. Laser treatments and chemical peels vary by if it is a light or aggressive treatment. Surgical scar revision recovery depends on the complexity of the surgery. Overall, patients can expect swelling and discoloration for a few weeks as the new scar heals and fades. Injection results are usually long lasting but they may need to be repeated depending on the type of treatment. Microneedling results last for several years. The results from a chemical peel and laser treatment last anywhere from 3-6 months to 1-2 years and surgical scar results can be considered permanent.

Refirme Skin Tightening

Refirme Skin Tightening

submitted on   Wed Nov, 11, 2015 by Sunnyline Vendiola, MD     
Refirme skin tightening is a cosmetic treatment that utilizes bipolar radio frequency with an infrared laser to obtain skin rejuvenation. The combination of these technologies tightens the skin and stimulates collagen production. Refirme is a non-invasive, FDA-approved method for addressing the...