Non-surgical Scar Revision also known as Scar Relaxation uses advanced skin needling techniques to reduce the appearance of scars. Old scar tissue fibers deep within the skin are released when the skin tissue is punctured with micro-needles. The treatment repairs the skin naturally, working below the epidermis layer in the dermis layer of the skin tissue. This takes time as new collagen and elastin fibers are formed, softening scars, generating new skin cells and enhancing blood supply. Results can be seen in as little as a few weeks with a dramatic improvement of scars. This is a beneficial procedure for women and men who have surgical scars from mastectomy and breast reconstruction.
What is a scar?
A scar is a result of a series of wound healing steps that the body undertakes to repair damage to the skin. Scars that heal poorly may become:
- Discolored where a scar becomes lighter or redder than the surrounding skin
- Raised or recessed like a dimple
- Abnormally textured
What causes post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) of scars?
PIH refers to the increased pigment (darkening) of the area around an scratch, cut, burn or other injury to the skin. Melanocytes are the skin cells responsible for making melanin, the substance that gives color to the skin. Melanin is made through a chemical process that changes the amino acid tyrosine with the oxidative enzyme tyrosinase. The process is stimulated by the exposure of the skin to ultraviolet light (UV). Skin irritation, like rashes, contact dermatitis, acne or exposure to chemicals, is sufficient to cause the problem of PIH in susceptible individuals. Traumas to the skin like surgical incisions or burns can also trigger the enzyme tyrosinase to stimulate an increased production of melanin in the scar area.
Benefits of Scar Relaxation:
- Improved cosmetic appearance and reduced visibility of the scar.
- Improves the appearance of red and hyper-pigmented scars
- Brings your skin back as close to its normal appearance as possible.