Aspen, Colo. – Core aesthetic providers learned about successful scar treatments with lasers and/or microneedling at the summer Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC).
To remove a patient’s cosmetic lip tattoo, Tina S. Alster, M.D., used a CO2 laser with a 3 mm handpiece, tracing the vermilion border to leach out some of the pigment. “I vaporized the area and had a very good result.” She also uses microneedling for such patients. Dr. Alster is director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Recently, she performed 2 sessions of microneedling for a patient who experienced darkening of a flesh-colored camouflage tattoo on the scar that had received prior Q-switched laser treatment. Microneedling provided marked scar improvement and lightened the darkened ink.
Dr. Alster also likes microneedling for enlarged pores. “Microneedling disrupts the fibrotic pores and induces new collagen formation.” For striae that cover large body areas, she said, microneedling can improve skin texture and tightness.
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