For most people, scars are daily reminders of something they would rather forget – adolescent acne, an injury, or surgery. Board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Gerald Bock, offers a variety of skin treatments for scar improvement. With these scar revision techniques, men and women in the Stockton area can love their skin again.
How scars form
Skin is meant to be a seamless canvas. When deep layers are damaged, the body creates a meshwork of collagen fibers to mend it. Collagen is a fibrous protein that gives healthy skin its structure and firmness. When it collects to form a scar, it creates a different texture than surrounding skin:
- Acne scars may be rolling (broad depressions), boxcar (with defined edges), icepick (deep pits), or atrophic (thin and flat).
- Contracture scars, such as from a burn, may be shiny and tight; reddish or white.
- Hypertrophic scars are raised and red.
- Keloids are the body’s over-response. These large, ropey scars extend beyond the injury.
Effective treatment options
California Skin & Laser Center utilizes the latest equipment, techniques, and products for effective scar treatments. This may involve silicone sheets, steroid injections, cryotherapy, or surgical revision to flatten significant raised scars.
Dr. Bock has had excellent results treating lesser scars and acne scarring with laser therapies, including Fraxel Restore. This fractional laser fragments a focused wavelength of light into many pinpoints that break up scar tissue without harm to surrounding skin.
Microneedling is an economical alternative to laser therapy for improvement in acne scarring. Hair-fine needles pierce skin at a precise depth, stimulating collagen remodeling.
A personalized combination of these techniques, dermal filler injections, chemical peels, resurfacing, other skin treatments, and high-quality skin care products results in dramatic scar improvement in most cases.