Scar Treatments & Tattoo Removal
Scarring is a natural part of the healing process after an injury. Its appearance and its treatment depend on multiple factors. The depth and size of the wound or cut and the location of the injury matter. So do your age, genes, sex and ethnicity.
These are several different types of scars including:
Keloid scars: These scars are the result of an overly aggressive healing process. Keloid scars are most common among people with dark skin.
Contracture scars: If your skin has been burned, you may have a contracture scar.
Hypertrophic scars: These are raised, red scars that are similar to keloids, but do not go beyond the boundary of the injury.
Acne scars: If you’ve had severe acne, then you probably have the scars to prove it.
The Artisan Laser System has several lasers; one of them is a state-of-the-art fractional non-ablative laser for skin resurfacing and treatment of textural irregularities, surgical scars, acne scars, stretch marks and melasma. This is a non invasive treatment with no downtime. Dr. Juan Gargiulo has used the system for several years with great success in treating all the above conditions. The Artisan laser technology breaks down facial lines and creases, and helps generate new, healthy and smoother skin.
Fractional non-ablative skin resurfacing uses hundreds of high-precision microbeams of laser to create narrow, deep columns of tissue coagulation in the skin while keeping the top layer of skin intact. After treatment, the skin underneath heals rapidly from the edge of these tiny columns. The healthy cells in the untouched spots promote rapid healing of the entire treatment area, resulting in faster recovery time and minimal side effects. All of the changes in the skin are due to a new production or remodeling of collagen stimulated by the laser. Changes occur slowly over several months, and treatments needs to be repeated in a monthly basis. Normally six to eight treatments are needed.
Call Long Island based AgeFocus at (631) 243-3628 for more information on our scar treatments.
We all have past experiences that we would like to erase, and for millions of Americans, this includes body ink.
Research shows that the number of US adults who have a tattoo has increased to 45 million, or one in five (21%)¹.
This includes over half (60%) of all women over the age of 18².
With the rise in tattoos, tattoo regret has also been prevalent. In fact, research has shown that 20% of individuals with body ink have tattoo regret. The amount of tattoo removal procedures models this trend, demonstrating an increase in 2011 of 32%, and an even higher percentage, 43%, in 2012. It is apparent from these statistics, and the increasing number of tattoos, that the tattoo removal market is growing at a significant rate.
PicoSure is an FDA-approved technology that uses incredibly short laser pulses (one trillionth of a second in length), to hit the ink particle beneath the skin with a large amount of pressure, such that the pigment shatters into minuscule dust-like particles. These are then absorbed by the immune system and eliminated by the body.
Compared to traditional lasers using nanosecond technology, PicoSure is often regarded to be more effective on stubborn tattoos, and can require fewer treatments to achieve a complete, finished result. - How the PicoLaser works