Cryotherapy Treatment for Skin Scarring in Southampton

Cryotherapy Treatment for Skin Scarring in Southampton

The use of cryotherapy in Southampton is in most cases viewed as a treatment for minor skin conditions and it is widely used by dermatologists and plastic surgeons to reduce the size of scars, stretch marks, keloids, and bruising.

Using this technique, anaesthetics are applied to the affected area and after a while, a heating process, known as cold laser treatment, is carried out using pulsed light to kill the skin cells.

This process has been used successfully to treat skin blemishes such as acne and cuts but does not generally work well on facial scarring, for example, because it removes the dermal layers which are the first layer of the skin.

In the early stages of treatment, the tissue may be frozen at -80C so that it cannot be damaged. The heat applied during this stage will help to destroy some of the skin cells that have been damaged by the drugs. They will be replaced with new skin cells, healing the scars and keloids.

After being treated the patient can leave the surgery environment for a few hours to wear a tight bandage or plastic sheet. The heat may be used to increase the blood flow to the scarred areas to increase the speed of healing. During this time they can continue to eat and drink normally.

If facial scarring occurs on the face, they will usually follow a normal medical treatment schedule in most cases.

The doctor will usually prescribe a strong pain killer to help numb the area, allow the skin to heal, and recommend the patient should stop applying anything that may irritate the wound, such as lipstick, makeup, or a scarf.

What to do Before Attempting to have this treatment?

Before attempting any treatment, consulting with your surgeon is often a good idea to ensure you are doing all you can to prevent facial scarring. Cryotherapy treatment does not cure the underlying condition which is scarring, but it can help reduce the appearance of it.

Keloid scars, formed from a burst blood vessel, are caused by the calcium build-up and then oxygen starvation. This usually happens after a trauma to the body such as a traumatic injury, like an impact fracture. These scars are typically smaller than facial scars and are more prone to bleed.

More than 90% of patients are usually cured in two weeks, but if the healing has not started within a month of the initial procedure there is a greater chance of scarring occurring.

For this reason, some doctors will often start their patients on a safer treatment, followed by a more aggressive treatment if they are still experiencing problems.

Cut and burn scars are far less common, although they can also be affected by the healing process.

There are several ways to reduce the appearance of them such as using laser therapy, as is the case for other types of scarring.

These methods normally involve a low-level laser that is directed through a series of lenses into the scarred area to kill any remaining skin cells and help to reduce the surface area, leading to softer skin.

Cryotherapy is applied over a period of ten to fifteen minutes

The areas of the body are treated one at a time and no further treatment is necessary after that.

However, this treatment is not without its risks, particularly if the treatment is not carried out by a specialist who understands how the technique works.

As it is being applied, the lasers that are used to heat the tissue will either be grazing into the outer side skin to kill the underlying cells or they will be targeting the centre of the cells.

The outer side skin is the layer of skin that is the most vulnerable to damage and to loss of skin, which makes it a very useful place to begin treating the tissue.

The laser can then be focused through the centre of the skin and the body scarred will rapidly shrink.

Although it does not carry an extreme health risk, there are some issues with using it, the main one being the high risk of skin damage that may result from the heating process.

Therefore, whilst it is generally regarded as safe it is only used as a last resort when the treatment is completely unsuccessful and any complications that may arise from it if left untreated, could be fatal.

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