You can simply and effectively have scars removed with the Icon™ Aesthetic System available at Girard Internal Medicine in Philadelphia. The practice, under the direction of Nicole Kimzey, DO, offers this state-of-the-art fractional laser technology to help you achieve smooth, scar-free skin. Call the office or book an appointment online to learn how you can benefit.
The Icon system uses a fractional laser that effectively smooths your skin and reduces the appearance of scars. The system uses fractional laser light to break down scar tissue and trigger the production of collagen – a skin-strengthening compound – to create new tissue that covers damaged cells.
The laser energy is applied in pulses to your skin and penetrates into deeper layers to help renew your skin cells and make the scars less noticeable. One of the benefits of laser scar removal is that it stimulates your skin’s own natural healing mechanisms to heal scars and reveal the skin you desire.
If you’re bothered by the appearance of mild-to-moderate scarring, consult with Dr. Kimzey to see if Icon laser treatments can help. The laser works on all skin types – including very light and very dark skins. The scars most effectively treated with the laser are those caused by surgery or acne, and your face and your body can be treated.
Most people’s skin recovers within three to 10 days. Dr. Kimzey will help you understand what to expect during recovery. You’ll need to avoid direct sunlight for four to six weeks as the laser makes your skin exceptionally sensitive to UV rays. You may have slight swelling and flaking at the treated areas, so extra moisturizer and cold packs help in the healing process. Dr. Kimzey gives you complete aftercare instructions.
You may notice some changes in just a few weeks, but it can take up to a few months before you see the full, optimal results. Your body needs the time to build new collagen and renew cells. Your scars will fade, become smoother, and grow lighter with time.
The laser results may not be instant or permanent. You may benefit from repeated treatments in the future.
To learn more about laser scar removal using Icon laser technology, call Girard Internal Medicine or book an appointment using the online tool.