Scars Specialist

Richard Nolan, MD -  - Aesthetic Specialist

Laser Skin Source

Richard Nolan, MD

Aesthetic Specialist located in Alameda, CA

Scars can make anyone feel less than perfect. Dr. Richard Nolan and the Laser Skin Source in Alameda, California, provide some of the most promising treatment options for patients with scars they want to reduce. The Laser Skin Source employs high-tech and noninvasive solutions for the treatment of scars. Dr. Nolan works with patients to develop a comprehensive strategy, including treatments for scars, that can help them look and feel better. Call or click today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nolan at Laser Skin Source.

Scars Q & A

by Richard Nolan, MD

What are scars?

Scars are part of the body’s natural healing system. When the skin is wounded in some way, the body must close the opening to prevent infection. Scars form for even small injuries, and they may not always be visible.

The skin is made up of different layers. The epidermis is the outermost layer. That’s what people see when they look at their body. The dermis is the thick layer that rests under the epidermis. That’s where scars begin.

When a wound penetrates this deeper layer, it infiltrates one of the body’s most important defense systems. To prevent further injury, your body rebuilds this layer, making it thicker and stronger. This is why scar tissue has a different texture than the rest of the skin. It’s your body’s way of protecting you. Sometimes, however, the rebuilding process goes a little too far and creates large, noticeable scars you may want to minimize.

Are all scars alike?

If you look at various scars, you’ll see they’re not all the same. Some are flat and barely noticeable, while others are thick and discolored. Raised scars are referred to as hypertrophic or keloid. They’re the result of too much collagen. Collagen is the fibrous tissue that makes up the infrastructure of the skin.

There are also scars that sink inward, giving the skin a pitted appearance. These are common with conditions like acne. The pitting occurs because the underlying tissue that supports the skin, like fat or muscle, was lost in the injury. The skin still repairs itself to close the wound but it’s missing some of that underlying structure.

How are scars treated?

There are a number of aesthetic procedures that can help reduce scars. Most of them involve laser treatments. There is, however, no way to remove scars. They serve a purpose and it’s an important one. The team at Laser Skin Source can help make your scars less noticeable and give your skin a fresh, smooth appearance.

Dr. Nolan will examine your scars and work with you to find the right treatment. Some of the innovative laser solutions offered at the Laser Skin Source work well to diminish scars.