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Scars

Mark Testa, DO

Family Physician & Aesthetics located in Philadelphia, PA & Marlton, NJ

Scarring due to acne, trauma, or surgery can be reduced with Icon® laser treatments. Offered by board-certified family medicine physician Mark Testa, DO, in Marlton, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the laser energy softens the rough texture and lightens the dark pigmentation of scars. To learn more about the results you can get with Icon laser treatments, call Dr. Testa’s office or schedule online today.

Scars Q & A

How do laser treatments reduce the appearance of scars?

Icon laser technology erases scars effectively and quickly. The fractional laser technology breaks down existing scar tissue and triggers the production of new skin to replace it. The heat energy stimulates the creation of collagen, a skin-strengthening compound your body produces naturally. Collagen helps fill in scar depressions and even out the pigmentation.

The energy from the Icon affects only the scar tissue, not the surrounding skin.

Who should consider scar treatment with the Icon laser?

Women and men who have scarring from acne, surgery, or trauma can benefit from Icon laser treatments. The procedure provides exceptional results with minimal downtime.

The benefits of reducing scars include:

  • Enhanced self-esteem
  • Improved appearance
  • Better skin health

Scars that respond the best to Icon treatments tend to be on the shallow side, such as rolling scars or slightly depressed scars. People of all skin types are eligible for Icon treatments.

Does laser treatment hurt?

Laser treatments for scar reduction do cause slight discomfort, but most people tolerate the treatments well. Icon features a built-in cooling technology to ease the heat sensations. You can also request a topical numbing cream to be applied prior to treatment.

Should I schedule downtime after scar-reduction treatment?

Expect to have some redness and mild swelling following Icon laser treatments, but these side effects fade within 2-3 days. Compared to ablative laser treatments, the side effects from Icon treatments are quite mild.

How many sessions will I need to see a reduction in scars?

The number of treatments you’ll need depends on the severity and extent of your scars as well as your skin type. Dr. Testa gives you a better idea of what to expect after he consults with you and evaluates your skin and scars. Most people benefit from between 3-5 sessions scheduled about one month apart.

When will I notice results from Icon treatments of my scars?

In the first few days following Icon laser treatment, your skin will look brighter and refreshed. Over the course of 2-3 months, you’ll notice a dramatic reduction in the appearance of your scars as your body develops new collagen and heals itself.

Set up a consultation with Dr. Testa to learn how you can benefit from the Icon’s scar-reducing technology. Call one of the offices or schedule your appointment using the online tool.