Chicken pox, which used to be an easily contractible virus pre chicken pox vaccine, has left lasting reminders for many adults today as a result of picking or scratching the virus as a child. Much of the scarring on the body is easy to overlook; however, facial scarring continues to bother many throughout their adult lives.
While chicken pox scars gradually fade over time, sometimes they require professional treatments to completely disappear. Although some less invasive treatments, such as ointments (Mederma), silicone sheets, bleaching creams, and exfoliating scrubs can provide some reduction in their prominence, especially with newer scars, oftentimes office-based cosmetic medical care is the only true alternative to provide long-term, noticeable results.
Medical Procedures to reduce the appearance of Chicken Pox Scars
PicoSure Laser Facial
The non-ablative, fractional skin rejuvenation provided by the PicoSure Focus laser is popular with our patients because of the countless benefits it delivers, especially considering how little treatment time and downtime each treatment involves. Typically discolored and indented because of collagen loss from intense inflammation, chickenpox scars can typically be reduced with a series of 4-6 PicoSure laser treatments.
One of the most exciting advantages of the PicoSure treatment is that it can be used on dark and light skin types! PicoSure has a unique method of delivering concentrated energy in short bursts that break apart the scar tissue into tiny pieces, which are then reabsorbed naturally by your body. The laser pulses activate the body’s collagen and elastin production mechanisms and create new, healthy skin cells to replace the laser damaged areas. The localized, focused thermal energy does not harm the surrounding skin, giving you impressive results in very little time.
Almost all clients who underwent this laser treatment reported that their scars felt and looked smoother and that their skin had a noticeable glow after a series of three to five treatments. In addition to fading scars, PicoSure significantly reduces the size of pores and refreshes skin tone and texture. Unlike other skin rejuvenation lasers, the groundbreaking technology of PicoSure Focus delivers ultra-short bursts of pressure energy to target areas without using any laser heat at all. Because the pressure energy does not damage the surrounding skin (unlike laser energy), there is no downtime with minimal redness or peeling skin. Erasing fine lines, wrinkles, scars, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and melasma, this is a comfortable “lunchtime procedure,” with patients comparing the sensation to the light snap of a thin rubber band.
IPL, BBL Photo Facials, Fillers & PicoSure Laser Facial Consultations Available
Hyaluronic acid fillers – injections that are commercially known as Juvederm, Radiesse, and Restylane – can be used to temporarily improve the appearance of depressed scars by filling reducing the depth of the pit or depression in the skin, which can soften the appearance of the scars. However, chicken pox scars often have discoloration of the skin, which won’t necessarily be improved by the filler. Hyaluronic acids are temporary fillers that can be utilized for this purpose, as they are able to improve the appearance of certain types of scars while also improving the texture of your skin.
The amount of time that any filler lasts depends on where it is injected as well as the severity of the area being treated. However, Restylane lasts for around six to nine months while Radiesse remains in effect for one to two years. The short-term benefits of dermal fillers include the limited post-procedure downtime associated with them and almost immediate results. After the treatment, you may see continued improvement over the next few months.
For most people, the results last from several months to as long as a year. In addition to the short-term benefits of helping to raise the scars up to the surface of the skin, dermal fillers also help to break up the scar tissue and stimulate collagen production. This helps to diminish the appearance of the scars over time, requiring fewer, less aggressive treatments.
IPL & BBL Photo Facials
IPL and BBL Photo Facials can be incredibly effective on shallow chicken pox scars. Photo facials work by using a broad-spectrum light source that penetrates multiple layers of skin. This type of photo facial primarily targets the lower layers of skin (dermis) while leaving the top layers of skin (epidermis) unaffected. The heat generated from the light promotes healing of the skin within, treating a number of different dermatological issues, like chicken pox scarring.
You can expect outstanding results with photo facials, especially as it relates to treating the discoloration of chicken pox scars, but these treatments are not as effective with depressed scarring. A series of three to five treatment sessions spaced three weeks apart are typically required to obtain desired results. In some cases, those results can be seen after only the first treatment! And skin continues to improve with each successive treatment.
Get Rid of Your Chicken Pox Scars for Good!
After assessing your scarring, we will discuss which of our treatment options is most appropriate to provide you with the best results. In some cases, a combination approach may be recommended. For example, a vascular laser or series of photo facials may be recommended to reduce the redness, while an ablative laser may be used to smooth out or contour irregularities caused by the scarring.
Take the Next Step
We offer free, no-obligation consultations so that you can see if our cutting-edge cosmetic treatments are right for you! Call us at (913) 451-8346 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to meeting you and showing you how Kansas City’s premier cosmetic laser center can improve your condition.
Premier Vein & Body is located in Leawood, KS and proudly also serves Overland Park, Johnson County, and the entire Kansas City metro area.
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