Using Stem Cells to Remove Acne Scars!

At MetroMD we make use of stem cells for treating the condition of acne scarring. Many of our patients come to us with severe scarring from acne. This is acne they had when they were teenagers and may now have lived with for two or three decades.

We use a very important technique of breaking the skin with a CO2 laser. We use a laser which allows portals of entry, very microscopic tiny holes in the skin, so that the stem cells may migrate down through those portals and restore the structure.

What the stem cell does, once it has an access through the skin, the dermis, it will migrate down through these “portals”, we call them, and then spread out along the base of the dermis, and at the base of the floor of these acne scars.
With time we see a building up of tissue; we see improvements. What we like to do is use a three-step process where we exfoliate the skin, shear off the top layers of skin, and then apply the stem cells, and then repeat the process in six to eight weeks. This is repeated for a total of three passes with the laser. It’s very effective; we see changes very rapidly.

The most important thing is that patients should regard this as a three-step process, and not expect to have everything done following the first treatment. We have a very great success rate. We are very pleased with what we’re seeing, and the stem cells represent a great step forward in the treatment of acne scars. If you have questions regarding acne scarring and the use of stem cells, call us at 323-285-5300.

Posted on October 1, 2018 by:

At MetroMD we make use of stem cells for treating the condition of acne scarring. Many of our patients come to us with severe scarring from acne. This is acne they had when they were teenagers and may now have lived with for two or three decades. We use a very important technique of breaking

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C02 Laser for Removing Scars

Scarring and scar tissue is something everybody experiences at some point in their life. Whether it’s from an injury, burn or surgical removal chances are you don’t want a scar. It’s impossible to prevent a scar from appearing after a laceration or cut has been made on the skin. However there are things you can do to ensure the scar heals properly and is less visible.

The C02 Fractional laser is a great treatment for scar removal. The laser works by resurfacing the skin it essentially takes off a think layer and as that skin heals it produces new cells and collagen. The production of new skin cells over the scar tissue helps dim or blend in the scar. This treatment can be used for burns marks, cuts, surgical treatments and much more.

The C02 laser is a treatment that requires multiple sessions. Typically scar removal requires 3-6 treatments before a significant difference in the skin can be seen. Depending on the severity of the scar treatments might need to continue for up to 2-3 years.

If you are interested in taking care of yourself today so that you can enjoy tomorrow and the plentiful years ahead, call MetroMD to book a consultation with Dr. Stone. He can design an individually tailored program to fit your needs and lifestyle.

Posted on August 30, 2018 by:

Scarring and scar tissue is something everybody experiences at some point in their life. Whether it’s from an injury, burn or surgical removal chances are you don’t want a scar. It’s impossible to prevent a scar from appearing after a laceration or cut has been made on the skin. However there are things you can

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The C02 Fractional Laser

The Carbon Dioxide (C02) Fractional Laser removes layers of skin tissue in a fractionated method. The laser creates controlled burns and columns of skin are removed, leaving the skin surrounding each column intact to aid in healing. This helps to reduce skin aging and damage, also called sun freckles, liver spots, fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, uneven coloration, skin laxity, textural irregularities, dull tone, and a thinned collagen layer of the face, neck, and chest. 

 
The CO2 laser is especially beneficial for those suffering from deep acne scars. Because the CO2 laser creates controlled fractioned injury, the healthy skin left between the fractioned columns helps to heal faster and stimulate the production of new, healthy collagen to fill in the scars surface of the skin. 
 
From start to finish, the procedure takes about 60 to 90 minutes and the majority of that time (40-60 minutes) is spent numbing. Downtime lasts 7-10 days. 

Posted on July 31, 2018 by:

The Carbon Dioxide (C02) Fractional Laser removes layers of skin tissue in a fractionated method. The laser creates controlled burns and columns of skin are removed, leaving the skin surrounding each column intact to aid in healing. This helps to reduce skin aging and damage, also called sun freckles, liver spots, fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, uneven

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CO2 Laser for Acne Scars

Acne scars are a ever-present problem from late adolescence on into our twenties. Until the
advent if the fractional CO-2 lasers, laser treatment with CO-2 often meant painful weeks of
downtime and often a complicated recovery. Now, in 2018 we have the state of the art fractional
CO-2 lasers which remove scars precisely and with little downtime in three to four treatments
spaced at four-to- six-week intervals.

The procedure begins with numbing of the skin. If patients request an injectable pain
medication, that is made available along with an antianxiety medication. After a 45 minute
session of numbing, the procedure begins with the application of the laser across the targeted
areas. Within thirty minutes the procedure is concluded and the areas treated iced. Patients are
discharged with medications to allow them to sleep comfortably and with instructions for post-op
care following the treatment.

The process may be repeated within four to six weeks until the scars are completely removed.
The average treatment plan includes three to four treatments depending on the depth of the
acne scar targeted.

Posted on April 10, 2018 by:

Acne scars are a ever-present problem from late adolescence on into our twenties. Until the advent if the fractional CO-2 lasers, laser treatment with CO-2 often meant painful weeks of downtime and often a complicated recovery. Now, in 2018 we have the state of the art fractional CO-2 lasers which remove scars precisely and with

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Co2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing for Scar Revision

Modern medical technology is a finding new ways of addressing old issues that people have learned to except including scars. Healing scar tissue is not specifically a function of vitamins and proper stitching and if you have had cosmetic surgery done removing scars is essential.

What the CO2Laser does

This is where the new innovation of the CO2 fractional laser. The laser is known for having the highest intensity of medical grade laser in use that doctors have utilized for a variety of dermal applications. What makes the COS laser is effective is the way that it leaves the skin rejuvenated, smoother, youthful and tighter than it had been prior to the treatment. The CO2 laser works by altering the skin through heat, which restricts the collagen bands that make up your lower dermis. The target is essentially burned away and the skin is somewhat cleansed on a level.

Rewriting your body

Using the CO2 lasers doctors and practitioners can effectively edit our blemishes from the skin. The laser can remove things like unsightly warts, wrinkles, birthmarks, early stage skin cancer and of course scar tissue. The results, of course, depends on the person being treated more often than not and you’re ability to heal naturally health, and age all play a role in determining how well the treatment will work and how quickly a person will recover.

A new way forward

Bottom line, the CO2 laser is an effective method of removing unsightly scars. For many people who have endured the damage done by the sun, environmental pollution, and of course aging a C02 laser therapy can give them confidence and a new lease on life.   For more information, visit our blog page or give us a call!

 

Posted on July 11, 2017 by:

Modern medical technology is a finding new ways of addressing old issues that people have learned to except including scars. Healing scar tissue is not specifically a function of vitamins and proper stitching and if you have had cosmetic surgery done removing scars is essential. What the CO2Laser does This is where the new innovation

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Sun Damage and Your Skin

As you may already know, excessive sun exposure can have some major effects on your skin. This includes wrinkles, sun spots, premature aging, and more. So if you’ve already spent years and years in the sun before you were aware of the harmful damage it could do, how do you fix the lines and wrinkles or sun spots? Let’s take a few steps back to see where it all began.

How does sunlight damage your skin?

UV rays can penetrate deep into the skin to damage the dermis. The dermis is made up of the stretchy tissues, therefore, it damages the elasticity which leads to aging skin and unwanted wrinkles. As for the top layers, the rays cause burning which can increase your chances of skin cancer. The fairer your skin, the less melanin you have to protect against these harmful rays. Whether or not you’re seeing the physical burning of sun damage, your skin is still at risk! So just because you didn’t get burned, doesn’t mean that you underlying skin isn’t being targeted.

What are the long-term effects of sun damage?

As we said, sun damage is clearly visible when you have a sunburn. The worst of it comes later in life after continuous exposure which leads to premature aging with wrinkles, brown spots, wart-like growths, and possibly skin cancer.

How can I protect my skin?

  • Wear hats to cover your face and neck
  • Wear sunscreen every day, even if you aren’t headed to the beach!
  • Bring a canopy for shade when you’re outside— at the park, on the beach, etc.

Can I reverse the effects of sun damage?

If you are at a stage where UV rays have caused wrinkling, sun spots, and other visible damage, there is a way to improve the look of your skin. Doctors today are looking to C02 Fractional Laser Resurfacing to rejuvenate the skin from sun damage and premature aging.

What is C02 Fractional Laser Resurfacing?

This non-surgical skin treatment uses pulsed, fractionated light energy to target areas deep within the skin to initiate the production of new collagen and elastin. This resurfacing technique will help reduce age spots, improve uneven coloration and texture, laxity, and more. After the treatment, your skin will tighten and smooth wrinkles, and reduce the appearance of spots caused by sun damage. As your skin continues to repair itself over time after the treatments, your results will continue to improve.

To reverse the effects of sun damage, C02 Fractional Laser Resurfacing may be the perfect solution for you. Contact MetroMD in Los Angeles, California to schedule your consultation and get a customized skin renewal treatment to fit your needs!

Posted on April 25, 2017 by:

As you may already know, excessive sun exposure can have some major effects on your skin. This includes wrinkles, sun spots, premature aging, and more. So if you’ve already spent years and years in the sun before you were aware of the harmful damage it could do, how do you fix the lines and wrinkles

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