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Scars & Cellulite Treatments

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Scars and cellulite are two common complaints from patients. Many who have had acne in the past suffer from scars. And, cellulite is another real problem when the weather turns warm and the shorts come out. While scars and cellulite make us individuals, the good news is there are a number of ways to try to minimize the appearance of such distinguishing characteristics. A few effective procedures that you can try to see how they work for you include laser skin resurfacing, radiofrequency microneedling, and minor skin excisions.

What type of scar do I have?

At Acqua Blu Medical Spa, we are first want to determine what type of scar you have. While a clinical diagnosis is ultimately important, below is a brief overview to help you determine what kind of scar you likely have.  Here are some different types of scars include:

Keloid Scars are the result of overcompensation during the healing process. The body produces too much scar tissue, resulting in a scar that protrudes outward.

When the skin is burned, the result is a contracture scar. These look like the skin has been pulled tight, and they often hinder movement due to tightened tissues.

Hypertrophic scars are raised, red scars. Hypertrophic scars are caused by excessive collagen, which contributes to the scar rising above the skin level.

Acne scars come after severe acne has disappeared. These create a dimpled or pitted look in the skin. Our practitioners are experienced in acne scar treatment.

Treatment options

Because there are several different types of scars, each one requires slightly different treatment. As a nonsurgical medical spa, Acqua Blu Medical Spa primarily deals with all types of scarring. However, even if you have a scar that you feel may require surgery, our board certified plastic surgeon, Dr Brian Heil and his team of physician assistants will help you determine the exact treatment necessary. In many cases, they have found nonsurgical solutions that allow patients to avoid the need for surgery. Our providers in our Pittsburgh and Wexford office locations can offer you laser scar removal treatments as an effective and nonsurgical way to rid yourself of unwanted scars.

In the case that a scar does require surgical revision, Acqua Blu Medical Spa’s board certified plastic surgeon, Dr Brian Heil offers reconstructive plastic surgery, including surgical scar revision.

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If you have unsightly scars, effective treatment is available. When you come to the Acqua Blu Medical Spa, our caring providers will help you to find the perfect treatment for your unsightly and unwanted scars. Find out why patients call our services the best laser scar removal Pittsburgh and Wexford has to offer. Call us today to schedule your consultation at 724.371.8571.

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Were You Aware That Over 80 % Of Females Have Cellulite?

Cellulite refers to the appearance of dimpled skin on the thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen. It’s mostly common in females, although in some cases can affect males too. Contrary to popular belief, cellulite is not a skin issue, or a fat (as in weight) issue. Cellulite is created by a structural unevenness of fatty tissue beneath the skin surface, which is why skin treatments, diet and exercise don’t help eliminate it. While cellulite is common and does not impact your overall health in any way, it may be unpleasant, and it may make you self-conscious when wearing shorts or a swimming suit.

There are a ton of advertised cellulite treatments, including massages and creams, which tout remarkable results. But unfortunately, most of these therapies don’t live up to the hype, because they do not deal with cellulite at its structural source.

Thankfully, there has been a new revolutionary energy-based treatment, known as Profound, which can produce lifted, smoothed, contoured skin without a surgical procedure.

Profound received FDA clearance in 2016 as a new cellulite treatment opportunity for patients with minimal discomfort and downtime.

The Profound procedure utilizes a bipolar radiofrequency and micro needle device that specifically treats below the skin in the subcutaneous fat to stimulate the natural reproduction of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid to revitalize the skin and minimizes the appearance of cellulite.  Because these natural building blocks are being replaced, patients get an improvement of the skin’s overall appearance and a decrease in cellulite indentations and undulations.

After a Profound treatment cellulite is not completely removed but its appearance is minimized which represents a great breakthrough in the aesthetic medicine since cellulite has been challenging to treat. It may require a number of treatments to obtain desired results. It may take up to 6 months to see end results.

There is minimal discomfort during the procedure. The side effects include sunburn appearance and burning sensation on treated areas. The provider usually uses topical anesthetic ointments to reduce this discomfort. Other side effects that may last longer are small red dots. Those will fade away within few weeks. Hence, the skin is expected to fully heal after 4 weeks.

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