The formation of scars can occur for many reasons, but one thing is for certain, their appearance can range from something we simply learn to live with to something that severely impacts our self-esteem and confidence. Scars on the face and other highly visible areas can be especially concerning for people who may end up exerting much effort in hiding them. Although a plastic surgeon is the best solution for some scars, like keloid or “raised” scars, there are several treatment options that Skin Artisans offers that can improve the appearance of several kinds of scars.

Before treating any scar, we must first identify how the scar formed. Skin can scar for several reasons, including:

  • An injury or cut to the skin, such as a deep laceration or dog bite.
  • Post-surgical scarring from an incision used in C-section, breast lift, or other elective and non-elective surgeries.
  • Cases of severe pustular, or cystic acne that damage skin’s collagen and elastin matrix resulting in acne scarring.
  • Illnesses, such as Chicken Pox which, like acne, can damage your skin’s deeper layers, resulting in ice pick scarring.

When skin is injured, your body’s wound healing response is activated. White blood cells rush to the site of injury to help heal the area. In doing so, collagen and elastin can be destroyed, as in acne scarring. As a wound begins to heal, collagen and elastin may also build up and thicken, as they do at the site of an incision or cut. Because inflammation is present during this healing process, your skin’s pigment production may also be triggered, causing a scar to eventually turn a deep red, purple, or brown. Non-surgical treatments, like those offered at Skin Artisans, can help improve the appearance of scars by lightening and blending their pigmentation, decreasing the depth of a scar, and resurfacing the scar to a flatter, more smooth texture.

Effective treatment options for scars at Skin Artisans include:

  • Microdermabrasion to resurface light scarring and stimulate collagen production. This is most effective when combined with skincare products recommended to you by your Advanced Practice Esthetician.
  • SkinPen® Microneedling to progressively improve the depth and smoothness of acne scars by enhancing collagen and elastin production.
  • Chemical Peels to simultaneously smooth scarring over time and lighten Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH).
  • Sciton ProFractional™ to create a controlled injury to a scar, boost collagen production, and allow the scar to heal more smoothly.
  • Sciton BBL® (Broadband Light) to remove dark pigmentation from a scar.
  • HALO™ Hybrid Fractional Laser to both resurface a scar and lighten darkened pigmentation.
  • Dermal Fillers to temporarily restore volume and smoothness to depressed scars on the face and body.
  • Physician-grade skincare that contains collagen-boosting ingredients like retinol, exfoliating ingredients such as glycolic acid, pigment suppressing ingredients like hydroquinone, and epidermal growth factors to regenerate skin.

Scars will never completely disappear, but their appearance can be dramatically improved with appropriate treatment and skincare products. The best time to treat a scar is as soon as possible! This may not include treatments at first but instead, the use of topicals and sun protection to prevent the scar from darkening. Skin Artisans is unique in that our Advanced Practice Estheticians offer scar revision programs to all plastic surgery patients of Edina Plastic Surgery. This ensures that all surgical patients have the best opportunity to heal with minimal scarring from their procedure.

Whether you’re troubled by a scar that formed this year or decades ago, our Advanced Practice Estheticians would love to work with you to improve its appearance and get you feeling confident about showing your skin again! Schedule a complimentary consultation today to discuss scar revision.



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Arm Fat

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Back Fat

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Dark Circles

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Double Chin

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Enlarged Pores

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Fat Above Knees

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Fine Lines & Wrinkles

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Love Handles

Is it time to get your “love handles” handled? Whether you’re a man or woman, stubborn pockets of fat in our midsection can be incredibly frustrating, especially when even diet and exercise don’t seem to make a difference! Extra fat in the love handles area can make it difficult to find clothing that fits comfortably…

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Skin Tightening

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Stretch Marks

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