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Scar treatments with the ProFractional laser are a high-tech and effective way to rid your complexion of unsightly scarring. Scars are an unfortunate side effect of life. However, you shouldn’t have to live with bulging, scaley scars that mar your otherwise clear, beautiful complexion. You can live life unmarred by the past because Dr. Patrick Bitter Jr. has a variety of lasers available that can effectively improve the appearance of scars.

Advanced Aesthetic Dermatology is nestled in the resplendent valleys of Los Gatos, California. We serve the skincare needs of Silicon Valley with the latest and greatest dermatological tech. Call (408) 358-5757 and schedule a consultation to learn more about our amazing laser procedures by Dr. Bitter!

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Scars are caused by an overproduction or underproduction of collagen during the healing process. The ProFractional laser breaks down the existing collagen and stimulates the production of new collagen. The new collagen helps to heal existing wounds more evenly, improving their appearance.[1]

Can Scars Be Removed with a Laser?

Dr. Bitter is an expert with Sciton’s ProFractional laser. Wielding the laser with ease, he will remove your scars and smooth your skin. Many patients see “permanent” scars become lessened significantly (and possibly erased) depending on their severity. 

It’s amazing the beauty that lasers will unleash within you. Read Dr. Bitter’s blog and see the light. 

Benefits of Laser Scar Treatments

Imagine leaving the enduring marks of the past behind so that you can embrace a bright new future! Laser scar treatments will smooth and brighten your skin. Dr. Bitter will erase those old unwanted reminders of days gone by with cleansing laser light.  

Read our patients’ glowing reviews and see what our team can do for you!

Reduces Scar Visibility

When scars develop, they may take on a number of appearances. Some scars are more raised and fleshy while others are thinner and long. They also occur in a wide variety of colors ranging from white to pink, red, and purple. Laser scar treatments will help ameliorate the appearance of a scar, reducing its visibility.

Improves the Appearance of Your Skin

Laser scar treatments can help smooth your skin’s complexion and create a more even skin tone.

By reducing the visibility of scars, you can gain a noticeable improvement in your complexion. For many people, scars can be the source of extreme anxiety, especially when they occur in highly visible areas, such as the face. It can be difficult to hide certain scars using clothing or makeup.

Increases Your Confidence

When your skin doesn’t appear as bright and healthy as it should, you can begin to feel uncomfortable in your own body. By restoring your clear complexion, you can once again feel secure and confident with your appearance. Increased confidence and self-esteem often positively impact other aspects of your life because you are happier and more outgoing.

What Are the Benefits of Laser Scar Treatments over Other Scar Treatments?

  • Increased comfort
  • Shorter recovery periods
  • Customized results
  • Consistent results

What Type of Scars Can Lasers Treat?

Laser treatment can effectively improve the appearance of nearly all scars, regardless of the type of scar or how old it is. The ProFractional laser from Sciton is just one of many tools that Dr. Bitter has available to treat scars. These treatments have been proven to reduce nearly all scars, no matter what their age. For most scars, the sooner they are treated, the faster they will disappear, and the better the results will be.[2] Sciton’s innovative BroadBand Light (BBL) laser can effectively treat scars in as few as two weeks after surgery. It can improve the appearance of a scar in a little as one week.

Keloid Scars

  • Usually result from an overproduction of collagen during the healing process
  • Raised scarring extends beyond the original injury
  • Poorly positioned keloid scars can lead to a loss of mobility
  • More common in people with darker skin tones

Contracture Scars

  • Usually result from burns
  • Causes tightening of the skin
  • May impair mobility
  • Deep contracture scars can affect muscles and nerves

Hypertrophic Scars

  • Usually result from an overproduction of collagen during the healing process
  • Appear as red and raised
  • Similar to keloid scars but do not extend beyond the original injury

Acne Scars

  • The result of moderate to severe acne
  • Result from an overproduction or underproduction of collagen during the healing process
  • Can appear as deep pits or have an angular/wavelike appearance

Your Private Consultation With Dr. Bitter

Dr. Patrick Bitter Jr. is a world-class expert in aesthetic lasers. He is a doctor who trains other doctors to bend light and illuminate a more youthful version of you

After a brief physical examination and a review of your medical records, Dr. Bitter will assess your candidacy for our scar treatment procedure. Schedule your consultation at Advanced Aesthetic Dermatology today by calling (408) 358-5757

Preparation

If you are eligible for laser scar removal, then Dr. Bitter shall inform you of your personalized preparation instructions. Your customized prep is tailored to your needs and designed to encourage the very best results.

How Soon Can You Laser a Scar?

How soon you will be able to initiate your laser scar treatment is based on the type of scar. Upon examination, Dr. Bitter will observe whether the scar raised, flat or indented. The color and location of the scar factor in, as well. Dr. Bitter often treats surgical scars as soon as a few weeks after the stitches have been removed. Acne scars can be treated once the acne is under control. 

Scar Treatment Procedure

The ProFractional laser’s precise microbeam penetrates deep into the skin. The potent photons of luminous energy create controlled micro-injuries that trigger a healing reaction.[3] Healing initiates increased collagen production and overall vitality to give your skin a supple glow.  

How Does Broadband Light (BBL) Affect the Treatment of Scars?

Dr. Patrick Bitter, Jr., M.D. is internationally renowned as an innovator of skin rejuvenation with light, and he has pioneered the use of Sciton’s BroadBand Light (BBL), HALO, MLP, Profractional and Fractora technologies for the treatment of scars. BBL is even effective for treating scars that are several years old, and some scars require the use of lasers in combination with BBL. There is something unique to the way BBL and the fractionated Erbium: YAG laser from Sciton interact with the skin. The combination of procedures stimulates collagen faster and more thoroughly than the human body can on its own. Dr. Bitter’s experience with BBL includes over 30,000 patient treatments.

Scar Treatment Results

The beauty of laser scar treatments is in its brevity. The procedure takes anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes but, over the following days and weeks, you will see your scars begin to fade in size, color and texture. With the mysterious magic of laser technology, Dr. Bitter will undo what you once may have thought was indelibly done.   

Will One Laser Treatment Provide Me with the Results I Desire?

One treatment may improve the appearance of small, light-colored scars. However, most scars will require multiple treatments to achieve outstanding results. For the best results possible, you will typically need between two and four treatments, spaced three to six weeks apart.

How Can I Help Improve the Quality of My Results Following My Laser Scar Treatment?

You should keep the area moisturized with skincare products, Dr. Bitter recommends. You should also avoid direct sun exposure for at least four weeks after treatment.

Complementary Procedures 

The brilliant Dr. Bitter will often employ one treatment to enhance the benefits of another. Everything is connected within the transcendent splendor of your gossamer skin. 

Is There Anything I Can Do to Help Improve the Appearance of My Scars in Conjunction with Laser Treatments?

Many patients choose to utilize other remedies in tandem with laser treatments to improve the appearance of their scars.

  • Over-the-counter or prescription creams, ointments, or gels
  • Pressure garments silicone gel sheets
  • Injection of steroids or collagen
  • Cryotherapy

What Options Are Available If Laser Treatments Don’t Improve My Scars to the Extent I Desire?

Laser treatments can provide significant improvement to many scars. However, large and deep scars may require surgical correction to improve their appearance. Surgical removal of scars involves the excision of the scar tissue and realignment of healthy tissue for more even healing. This is common with burn patients who require skin grafts. Dr. Bitter may also use a combination of fillers to reduce the appearance of scars.

How Much Do Laser Scar Treatments Cost in Silicon Valley? 

Dr. Bitter will assess your candidacy for laser scar treatments during your personal consultation. At this time, the doctor can give you an accurate cost estimate. 

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Live Life Unmarred and Unmoored by the Past 

Embrace an unblemished future thanks to Dr. Bitter’s expert laser scar treatments. There are some things from the past worth cherishing, while others are best left to fade. Dr. Bitter knows the difference, and with his practiced hand and keen eye for beauty, he will help you to step into your future and live life unmarred and unmoored by the past. 

References 

  1. Anderson, R. R., Donelan, M. B., Hivnor, C., Greeson, E., Ross, E. V., Shumaker, P. R., … Waibel, J. S. (2014). Laser Treatment of Traumatic Scars With an Emphasis on Ablative Fractional Laser Resurfacing. JAMA Dermatology, 150(2), 187. doi: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.7761
  2. Khatri, K. A., Mahoney, D. L., & Mccartney, M. J. (2011). Laser scar revision: A review. Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, 13(2), 54–62. doi: 10.3109/14764172.2011.564625
  3. Waibel, J. S., Wulkan, A. J., & Shumaker, P. R. (2013). Treatment of hypertrophic scars using laser and laser assisted corticosteroid delivery. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 45(3), 135–140. doi: 10.1002/lsm.22120