Scars form when the skin is damaged, and scarring is the body’s natural repair response when tissue is lost. Accidents, burns, piercings, acne, surgery, vaccinations or chicken pox can all cause scarring, amongst other things.

While some scars, such as those left by chicken pox or vaccinations, may be small and generally unnoticeable. Others, however, may cause significant emotional problems for an individual. Acne scars can leave facial skin looking pitted, while large scars can become a real obstacle to social interaction.

Microdermabrasion can significantly improve the appearance of scars, as it removes some of the damaged layers of skin. Extremely fine medical-grade crystals are blown in a controlled flow over the surface of the skin. This causes a scratching sensation but is a relatively painless procedure.

Following microdermabrasion, the laser is applied to the skin in order to stimulate the production of both collagen and new skin cells.

Pinpoint bleeding may occur immediately after the treatment, and could form some scabs. Although the skin may need about a week to heal the treatment is safe for the tissues and causes no damage to the skin’s structure.