We offer Vancouver scar removal at our Surrey med-spa clinic, near Central City. Our solutions for cosmetic scarring include laser scar removal, surgical scar revision, cortisone injections, dermal fillers and more.
We provide this service under the guidance of our head doctor, and the medical professionals who work with him.
While we can’t remove all scars with modern technology, nor remove eligible ones completely, we can greatly reduce their appearance.
Scars come in many forms, shapes and sizes. They can vary greatly between persons, even if the root cause is the same. Depending on your type of scar, we can let you know what solutions we think will work best on you. This can involve multiple treatment types, which we sometimes ‘layer’ over each other, to get the best results possible.
We encourage you to book a consultation at our clinic, where we can take a closer look, and answer any questions you may have.
Our laser and skin clinic has been around for over 20 years. We started as industry pioneers in the Metro Vancouver area. Given our high-value reputation, we regularly draw in patients from Vancouver, Whistler, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam (and the Tri-Cities), Richmond, Delta, South Surrey, White Rock, Langley, Aldergrove, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and even as far as Bellingham, Washington, across the USA border.
As our patients can testify, we’re well worth the drive!
What types of scar removal solutions do you offer in Vancouver?
We offer the following, main types of scar revision treatments at our Surrey clinic, near Vancouver. Depending on your type of scar, we may have even more options. We encourage you to consult with us for more information about your case.
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Depending on the type of scar you have, certain ingredients may work to flatten or raise it.
For keloids and raised scars, cortisone injections are a common solution. Read more about them here.
In some cases, Botox® can also be used similarly to cortisone, to break up the fibers causing a raised scar.
For depressed scars, dermal fillers can be used to raise the skin, causing the illusion that the scar is not there anymore. Various types of fillers can be used for this purpose. The longest-lasting solution we offer at our clinic is called Bellafill®. It lasts for up to 5 years. A formula called Sculptra® is another option, lasting up to 1.5 years.
Hyaluronic acid based fillers can also be used to raise scars. One example is Juvéderm®. These will need to be re-injected at shorter intervals (around 6 to 8 months, depending on how quickly your body dissolves them).
Laser scar removal
We can use lasers to treat specific types of scars. These are helpful with macular, flat and ‘coloured’ scars. Technically, macular scars are not actually scars. They are leftover pigmentation from the blood that collected at the site of an injury. If they don’t clear up on their own, they can be lightened with lasers.
Other types of scars can be treated with lasers, too. However, if they are raised, the first approach is usually with an injection procedure. Injections are much cheaper, and are usually effective on their own for hypertrophic scars.
Laser scar removal works by aiming microbeams of light towards the affected tissues. They cut precise, deep holes into the skin to create tiny columns of coagulated tissue. That coagulated tissue replaces scar tissue, which helps to reduce the appearance of the scar. It does this all while leaving the epidermis of the skin unaffected.
Laser scar removal is especially convenient because of its rapid healing time. In comparison to surgical procedures, it can save you weeks of recovery. It’s also not as painful as surgery is, to remove scars.
Surgical scar removal
While scar revision surgery with grafting may be an option for larger scars, we can also perform minor surgeries on small scars.
At our clinic, we offer punch excision and subcision procedures for indented scars.
Punch excision is used to cut out existing scar tissues. It then closes the site with sutures, to create a much smaller scar.
Subcision involves cutting loose the fibrous bands that form a scar, to reduce its appearance. It is often done in combination with other treatments, such as with filler injections (see above), microneedling or chemical peels.
Skin care products
There are a number of topical skin care products that can minimize the look of scars. They can also help reduce inflammation on newly formed wounds, to prevent scarring after it heals. One of these is called Scar Recovery Gel with Centelline®, by SkinMedica® (to be used on closed skin).
Scar Recovery Gel works well in combination with TNS Recovery Complex® Growth Factor Serum, also by SkinMedica®.
In general, to improve skin texture and colour, some see beneficial results when using a retinol, such as this one, (again, by SkinMedica®).
You can also use silicone sheets to help prevent scar formation if you are undergoing a surgical procedure. We sell these at our clinic for procedures such as mole removal.
Please note that skin care products for scars are a far cry from what lasers or other medical aesthetic procedures can do. However, they can be helpful in reducing the initial formation of a scar, if applied at the right time.
Is scar removal painful?
Whether or not your scar removal will be painful can depend on the type of scar being treated, the method being used, and your pain tolerance.
For example, injections can feel like a strong ‘prick’ on some keloids. However, if the scar tissue has hardened, more pressure may be needed to insert the needle, and that may feel more painful. However, this type of procedure is not so painful as to require anaesthetic. It is tolerable for most people, and quick.
Pain from lasers can depend on the intensity of the machine settings being used. And, those settings will be determined by the type of scar being treated. Some instances may call for anaesthetic or numbing cream.
The most painful type of scar revision would be surgical removal. This is especially for the larger treatment areas (it’s not so bad with the tiny scars, like acne scars). The healing time with surgery is also longer than with other methods.
What types of scars can you treat at your Surrey clinic?
We can help reduce the appearance of most cosmetic scars, including:
- Wound or surgical scars
- Burn marks
- Contracture scars
- Pox or shingle scars
- Acne scars
- Pitted, atrophic scars (icepick scars, boxcar scars, rolling scars)
- Macular, flat scars (red, erythematous scars and brown, hyperpigmented scars)
- White scars
- Stretch marks
- Keloid scars
- Raised, hypertrophic scars
If your scar causes an interference in your ability to perform daily, necessary life tasks, treatment may be covered by the Medical Services Plan (MSP) in B.C. In these cases, we recommend that you see your family doctor as a first step. We do not treat these cases at our cosmetic clinic.
Why do I develop big scars when others don’t?
Raised, hypertrophic scars and keloids can form for a number of reasons, on multiple parts of the body.
Generally, these types of scars are the body’s reaction to a skin trauma (i.e. a wound, or cut). In trying to heal after an abrasion, too much collagen is produced, creating excessive fibrous tissues where the original scar was. They can form over a long period of time; sometimes they don’t appear until years after the initial injury.
The size of the scars or keloids you get can be based on genetics. Some people are simply more prone to getting keloids, for example, than others. This is why, if you know your body has this tendency, it’s good to notify your medical practitioner before undergoing any invasive procedure – even if it’s only with needles. The doctor can then attempt to prevent raised scars, and not just to treat them.
One might naturally think: let’s just cut it out! While this may work for some types of scars, it won’t for others. A body that forms excessive tissues in response to wounding is already prone to keloids. So, surgery could be counterintuitive in many cases. A new scar will form, thus possibly causing an even bigger keloid.
We carry multiple forms of scar treatments specially for this reason: not all scars will respond the same way to various treatments, and this can be based on the specific person we’re dealing with. The last thing we’d want is to make your situation worse. So, it’s important to consult with an experienced provider when seeking scar reduction.
What is the cost of scar removal at your clinic?
The best way to find out a cost for scar removal is to come to our clinic for a consultation. Since each person’s scar and skin type will be different, it can be hard to give an exact price for this service without seeing you in person.
Your final quote will depend on the following factors:
- The size of the scar.
- The placement of the scar.
- Your skin type and health history.
- The method(s) used to treat the scar.
- The number of treatments needed to see results.
And possibly more.
We can say that most people spend a minimum of $250 per session on scar revision. It can go up from there.
We encourage you to get in touch, so we can book you in for a consultation. Our doctor, or a trained technician, can take a closer look at your case. We’ll be able to make recommendations from there, and let you know a more accurate price for your scar removal.
Important note: Our services for scar removal are for cosmetic purposes only. They are paid for out-of-pocket by our patients. If you are experiencing a health problem related to a serious scar, we would advise you to see your doctor about any possible, MSP-covered services. We do not provide MSP-covered scar removal at our aesthetic clinic.
Prices on this website are to be used as a guide, and not a definite cost for your treatment. Prices can change at any time.
Procedure results are not guaranteed, and can vary from patient to patient.