Looking for a way to get rid of scars and dark spots? Dr. James Needell provides laser treatments to remove these blemishes. If you’re looking for cosmetic services in Gastonia, and the surrounding area, call Gastonia Wellness & Long Term Care to schedule an appointment with Dr. Needell.

Scar and Dark Spot Removal Q & A

What causes scars and dark spots?

To understand how laser removal works, you should know where scars and dark spots come from.

Scars form as a natural part of the body’s repair process. As healing takes place at the injury site, the skin produces new collagen fibers that change the appearance of the skin. Scars can form as the result of:

  • Injury
  • Burn
  • Surgery
  • Acne
  • Chickenpox
  • Infection

Dark spots

Overactive pigment cells are usually responsible for age spots and discoloration. Sun exposure increases the production of melanin in certain areas, leaving you with an uneven skin tone.

How can I get rid of scars and dark spots?

Fractional laser treatments are an effective way to improve the appearance of scars and pigmentation. During the procedure, laser energy penetrates the upper layers of skin, clearing away unwanted pigment and signaling the body to start the repair process.

The repair process causes the skin to produce a new, more consistent layer of collagen and elastin to even out your appearance.

What happens during a laser treatment for scars and dark spots?

During the quick, noninvasive procedure, Dr. Needell maneuvers the Icon™ laser handheld instrument around your treatment area.

You may feel a momentary stinging sensation when the laser fires, but Dr. Needell can help you manage any discomfort. The treatment usually takes no more than 30 minutes.

What can I expect after the laser treatment?

Dr. Needell supplies you with the necessary information and skin treatments you’ll need to ensure the best results. You should expect little to no downtime after the treatment.

You might notice some swelling and tenderness at the treatment site, but the effects should wear off after a few days. Your skin may start to peel and flake off as the outer layers fall away to reveal the new, improved skin underneath.

You should notice visible improvements after a single session. For the best results, Dr. Needell recommends the necessary number of follow-up treatments, which varies depending on the extent of damage and pigmentation.

Laser treatments don’t cure scars and dark spots, but they significantly reduce their appearance. If you have scars or dark spots you’d like to make less noticeable, contact Dr. Needell over the phone to set up an initial consultation.