Do you have visible acne scars or burn marks on your skin that you want to get rid of? Depending on the cause of the scarring and how quickly and effectively it was treated after the fact, it’s common for scarring to occur. But scars are nothing to be embarrassed about. After all, scarring is actually the body’s healing mechanism in response to trauma. Some scars are temporary and should subside within a few days or weeks, whereas other scars are permanent.
If you’re self-conscious about your scars, there are some solutions. With the right skin treatment in Toronto, you can minimize the appearance and frequency of scars on your face, specifically burn marks.
What Are the Different Types of Burns?
Whenever you sustain an injury like a cut or burn, the body responds by producing collagen to repair the damage. Excess collagen production stimulates skin cell rejuvenation, which leads to extra layers of skin forming on and around the damaged area. This can lead to minimal or major scarring, depending on the severity of the injury.
Burn injuries are typically categorized in degrees. There are three degrees of burns.
First-degree burns are superficial and only appear on the surface of the skin, also known as the epidermis. They’re usually caused by minor injuries such as briefly coming into contact with a hot surface. This type of burn is easily treatable and usually heals itself within a short period of time.
Deep Dermal/Second-Degree Burns
Second degree burns impact both the epidermis and dermis. Symptoms of second-degree burns include redness, varying degrees of pain, and blistering. It can take approximately 2-3 weeks to heal at which point a scar might begin to form on the skin.
Full Thickness/Third-Degree Burns
Third-degree burns are the most severe type as they extend far beyond the epidermis and dermis, damaging the bones and tendons underneath. Worst case scenario, third-degree burns can cause minor to severe nerve damage, which can sometimes be temporary or permanent depending on various factors and treatments. Third-degree burns are usually attributed to coming into direct contact with large flames or being doused in hazardous chemicals for long periods of time. Not only do they require extensive treatment and take the longest time to heal, but third-degree burns are also the most likely to leave a scar.
What Are the Different Types of Scars?
The following is a list of the different types of scars that can result from a variety of skins trauma, such as burns, acne, cuts, etc.
Hypertrophic scars are thick, multilayered, textured scars that are typically characterized by their purplish-reddish hue. They can feel a little itchy and warm to the touch, but that’s part of the healing process.
Contracture scars occur as a result of an abnormal healing process. When an injury such as a cut or burn causes a small or large chunk of skin to be removed, the surrounding skin cells tighten to come together, which forms an abnormal pattern in the skin. Skin tightness in the affected area can also limit flexibility and mobility in the muscles and tendons. Surgical procedures such as tissue expansion, Z-plasty, or a skin graft are the best options for correcting contracture scarring and restoring full mobility in the affected area.
Keloid scars are enlarged smooth and hairless scars that appear raised on the surface of the skin. They can be a multitude of colours including red, pink, your skin tone, or darker. They typically form as the result of minor skin damage such as acne or a small cut and can spread to surrounding areas of the initial affected area.
Laser Treatment for Burn Scars
Laser treatments such as acne scar removal in Toronto can be used to minimize the appearance of scarring, redness, bumpiness, and even size. The idea is to diminish the appearance of the scar and any uncomfortable symptoms that the patient may experience in association with it.
Burn and acne scar treatment in Toronto can include a variety of laser therapies such as fractional laser, pulse-dyed laser, switched laser, or CO2 laser. Melasma laser removal is also a highly effective option that can help improve your skin tone by diminishing the appearance of scarring, redness, and discolouration in affected areas.
To prepare for any type of laser skin treatment, it’s important to adhere to specific skincare regimens recommended by your doctor or dermatologist. Always wear sunscreen to protect your skin when leaving the house. In addition to protecting your skin against melanoma, sunscreen also reduces the chances of darkening scars as a result of prolonged sun exposure. Depending on the severity, size, and depth of the scarring, you may require several skin treatments to make a positive impact and diminish the appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions about Laser Treatment for Burn Scars
While everyone’s experience is completely unique, here are some of the most frequently asked questions about laser skin treatment for burn scars that you may want to bring up during your initial consultation.
How Many Treatments Are Required to Get Rid of Burn Scars?
It’s impossible to answer this question off-hand, as the number of treatments required varies from patient to patient. Some patients have a much stronger natural healing tolerability than others and may require fewer treatment sessions. The number of treatments also depends on the severity of the injury and scarring. After thoroughly examining the affected area during your initial consultation, your skincare specialist will be able to give you an idea of how many treatments you may need.
How Will the Burn Mark Look after the Treatment?
Again, it’s impossible to give an accurate answer to this question as everyone’s results may vary. You won’t know what the scar will look like until after the treatment is complete. Even then, it may take a little time for the results to be noticeable.
What Are Some Risks of Burn Skin Treatments in Toronto?
Risks of burn scar treatment can include hyperpigmentation, redness, inflammation, or even new scar formations. However, these are very uncommon side effects that only occur in a small number of patients.
Visit the Anti-Aging Toronto Clinic for Burn and Acne Scar Treatment
At the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic, we specialize in treating skin imperfections of all kinds including burn and acne scars. Don’t let your skin imperfections get in the way of your happiness. Schedule an appointment today with one of our experienced skincare specialists.