Each year millions of people worldwide develop scars on their skin. Scars are a common complication of the healing of a wound caused by trauma (such as a cut or burn), medical procedures (such as surgical incisions) or medical conditions (such as acne). Scars are more common among dark-skinned individuals and people with genetic conditions related to collagen production, but they are also the result of problems arising during surgical procedures and the process of healing. Scars can cause aesthetic, psychological, and sometimes even functional disability.
The ICADLT is a leader in scar treatment and research. We specialized in the treatment of scars resulting from acne and burns, hypertrophic scars following trauma or surgery, keloid scars, and stretch marks. For every patient and every scar we create a customized combination of therapies to reduce and fade the scar. Scar treatment generally requires several appointments and/or use of injections into the scar, to achieve good results.
What is a scar?
An unattractive scar is actually a complication of a wound's healing process. Each year millions of people worldwide develop scars on their skin. Scars are a common complication of the healing of a wound caused by trauma (such as a cut or burn), medical procedures (such as surgery) or medical conditions (such as acne).
Healing of the skin is one of the most complex biological processes in the human body, and disruptions to this process can lead to formation of scars that range in severity. This aesthetic imperfection can decrease quality of life, have negative psychological effects, and even cause serious functional impairment.
Treatment of scars
Thanks to advances in dermatology, many people now turn to specialists in order to fade old scars or diminish scarring from a trauma or surgery. There is a definite advantage in combining a number of methods that take into consideration the type of scar and the patient's needs.
Non-surgical treatments for prevention and removal of scars include:
Freezing of the scar (cryotherapy)
Injection of steroids or 5FU (Fluorouracil) into the scar
Use of preparations or products that suppress the scarring process such as silicon products, pressure bandages, etc.
Use of laser devices at various wavelengths to influence the healing process, enabling normal tissue renewal and suppression of scar formation
Injection of substances that encourage collagen production
Types of laser used in treatment of scars:
Fractional non-ablative laser
This device can improve scar texture, revive skin, and give scar tissue the appearance of healthy skin. This laser technology is especially effective for acne scars, stretch marks and for increasing skin elasticity in the scar area. It is suitable for areas of the body where the skin has a tendency to excessive scarring.
Pulsed dye laser (PDL)
The PDL can reduce redness and improve skin texture and elasticity in the scar area. Due to the large quantity of blood vessels in scars, the PDL is considered the best choice for most scar types. Numerous studies have shown the clinical efficacy and low side effects profile of PDL therapy for scar treatment.
Fractional Ablative Ultrapulse – CO2 Laser
The use of this device enables treatment of the different layers of skin thereby achieving significant improvement in the appearance of scars from surgical incisions, trauma, or burns. Histological evidence proves that this type of treatment actually transforms the scar tissue so that it is closer in quality to normal skin.
To wait or not to wait?
Many studies have shown that performing active preventive treatment on a newly formed scar has a better chance of achieving an optimal cosmetic result, as compared to treating an old scar. The earlier the treatment – the better the result.
The professional staff of the Integrated Center for Aesthetic Dermatology and Laser Treatments – Dermatology Division at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov) takes pride in its experience and knowhow regarding scars, both clinically and through its extensive research. The Center specializes in treatment of scars resulting from acne and burns, hypertrophic scars following surgery or trauma, keloid scars, and stretch marks.
This information does not replace personal consultation with a medical specialist. To receive more information and to consult one of our specialists, please contact the Integrated Center for Aesthetic Dermatology and Laser Treatments – Dermatology Division at Tel. 03-6972424, firstname.lastname@example.org