Scars No Longer Need to be Forever Thanks to Laser Therapy

 Wayne Bonlie, MD uses Icon laser therapy to minimize the appearance of scars.

If you’ve suffered from acne in the past, it may have left its mark on your face, shoulders, or back. Acne can leave skin mottled, with numerous scars that show up as indentations or bumps.

Or if you’ve had a Caesarian section, you may have a visible abdominal scar. And if you’ve had skin or neck cancer, you may be left with scars that are tangible reminders of the disease. If you thought you were stuck with these scars, you’re not.

You can greatly reduce the appearance of all these scars with Iconlaser therapy at the practice of Wayne Bonlie, MD, in Timonium, Maryland.

How Icon laser therapy treats skin

The Icon system uses fractional laser technology to treat scars. This means that the laser targets microscopic segments of your skin one at a time. The process has been compared to enhancing a photo one pixel at a time.

The laser energy is able to move through the surface layers of your skin deep into your dermis, which is the underlayer. It then breaks up the scar tissue. Once the laser does its work, your body begins healing itself by creating new tissue to replace the old scar tissue.

The new tissue will contain new collagen, a key protein that helps keeps your skin soft, smooth, and supple. The fresh collagen will help fill in scars that are indented and help flatten scars that are raised.

It doesn’t matter if your skin is light, medium, or dark. The Icon laser works effectively on all types and tones of skin. This advanced laser has a system to measure the amount of melanin in your skin, so you’ll receive the right amount of laser light.

Procedure is quick and has no downtime

Dr. Bonlie will first consult with you and determine if you’re a good candidate for laser therapy. If you’re healthy and your skin is in good condition, laser therapy will likely be appropriate for you.

If you have facial scars, your treatment will likely last 30 minutes. If you need other areas treated, your procedure will likely last no longer than an hour.

Depending on the condition of your skin, you’ll likely need 3-7 laser treatments, which would take place about four weeks apart. You should be able to resume your normal activities directly following your treatment. You may experience some redness, swelling, and flakiness for 3-5 days after treatment.

If you’re taking topical acne medications, you’ll need to stop taking them for about two weeks prior to your procedure. Dr. Bonlie will advise you on any other preparations before proceeding with laser therapy.

To get rid of or lessen the appearance of your scars, book an appointment online or over the phone with Wayne Bonlie, MD to see if Icon laser therapy can help you.

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