Scar Removal Specialist

Alexandria Aesthetics

Aesthetic Specialist & Internal Medicine located in Alexandria, VA

Some scars can be unsightly, especially when they’re located in highly visible areas of your body, but, fortunately, you don’t have to live with them. Located in Alexandria, Virginia, Kantha Stoll, MD, uses the Icon™ laser to drastically reduce the appearance of scars so you can feel more confident. Call her office to learn more about laser scar treatment, or book an appointment online today.

Scar Removal Q & A

What are scars?

Scars are marks on your skin that result from healing that happens after skin damage. Scars are thicker than normal skin and are often a different color.

Scars may look:

  • Pink in color
  • Red in color
  • Flat
  • Wrinkled on top
  • Thick
  • Uniquely shaped
  • Raised above surrounding skin
  • Sunken in

The way your scar looks depends on the type of injury that caused it. Some scars are quite small and fade away over time. Bigger, more dramatic scars take much longer to fade and may never entirely go away.

What causes scars?

Injuries that break the skin are a common cause of scarring. You may experience scars after your body heals from:

  • Cuts
  • Scrapes
  • Acne
  • Chickenpox
  • Burns
  • Surgery

If your scar is in an area that makes you feel self-conscious, schedule a consultation with Dr. Stoll to find out how laser scar therapy can reduce its appearance.

How does laser therapy improve scars?

Dr. Stoll uses the Icon laser for scar removal. The Icon system uses fractional laser light to break down scars and trigger the production of new tissue. The Icon laser is effective on any skin type -- even very light or very dark skin -- and you experience minimal downtime after the procedure.

During laser scar therapy, Dr. Stoll applies the laser’s energy to your skin. You may experience a sensation of a rubber band snapping against your skin while the laser works to renew scarred skin.

After treatment, your scar may be:

  • Less painful
  • Less itchy
  • Less noticeable
  • Flatter
  • More flexible

It may take several months for optimal results, and you might require more than one laser treatment to achieve the best results. Dr. Stoll gives you an idea of how many sessions you’ll need.

Am I a good candidate for laser scar treatment?

The Icon laser works to improve just about any type of scar. However, you may need to make lifestyle changes before you’re considered a good candidate for the procedure. Dr. Stoll recommends you stop smoking, avoid certain skincare products and medications, and steer clear of unprotected sun exposure before and after the procedure.

If your scars make you feel self-conscious, call to learn more about Icon laser treatment, or book an appointment online today.