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Laser Scar Removal vs. Surgical

about-weight-loss-surgery-ga-1 What’s the difference between Laser Scar Removal vs. Surgical ? Laser scar treatment is a modern technique for improving all types of scars.  This also can be accomplished by time tested techniques such as dermabrasion as well. Whether your blemishes were caused by acne, a wound or a medical condition, laser treatments or dermabrasion can help reduce the appearance of the scar. Even if your scar has extended beyond where the initial injury occurred, the built up collagen that has caused this to happen can be removed with laser procedures. For more severe scars or those that are “against the grain” of facial lines see the last section below on z-plasty and w-plasty.

Of course, not everyone should get laser treatments for scar removal. If you have skin already struggling with the pressure of a condition such as psoriasis, it isn’t a good idea to use lasers to reduce scarring. In fact, scar removal on sensitive skin can just make things look and feel worse. There are also some medications that shouldn’t be mixed with laser scar removal.

The basics of how lasers remove scars is by removing layers of skin. Exposing fresh, healthy and ultimately unmarked skin below, you leave each treatment with your scar less and less visible. The laser also activates collagen cells in your skin, the very things that help your skin heal and stay firm. This means that getting laser treatments for scar removal can actually help your skin look, feel and actually be healthier and firmer.

The biggest risk you will be taking in getting laser scar removal is a change in color around the area treated. The sun often makes the color difference more obvious, too. In the case of infections post laser scar removal, antibiotics can keep you healthy and healing.

The most common type of scar removal these days is done with lasers or dermabrasion. This is a simple, low risk procedure that takes less than two hours to complete. Depending on the strength of the scar, more treatments may be needed.

For very severe scars, your doctor may recommend getting it surgically removed or re-arranged instead. Techniques such as z-plasty or W-plasty can improve the appearance of facial scars by re-orienting the scars into what are called resting skin tension lines. Your own wrinkles and facial muscles then help the re-aligned scars to heal better. This type of scar removal takes a lot longer to heal and is usually only done in severe cases. However, it is the more traditional method as laser scar removal is still a relatively new technology. What type of procedure is best for obliterating your blemish is a decision to be made with your cosmetic surgeon.

What Should I Know when I Come to New York City for Plastic Surgery?

What should I know when I come to New York City for plastic surgery? Over the past several decades there has been a huge upswing in medical tourism. Medical tourism is the practice of traveling to another locale to undergo plastic surgery procedures. The reason for medical tourism gaining a foothold outside of the US, often in under-developed countries, is largely due to the fact that medical care in such areas is much more affordable. Coupled with a tropical climate and pristine white sandy beaches, people flock to these destinations for combination surgery-vacation jaunts. However, medical tourism may have a downside.

The cost of care may be lower, but many times it comes at the expense of the level of care received. Facility accreditation can be iffy at best, leaving you open to much higher risk than in a hospital or clinic in the United States. Plus if you have a complication after surgery, there is little to no recourse or chance to follow up if you travelled outside the US for surgery.

So, if you have your heart set on the experience of a destination cosmetic surgery coupled with a recuperative vacation, come see us in The Big Apple. New York is an obvious choice when considering contenders for the medical tourism crown. Not only should all Americans visit New York City at least once in their lifetimes, visiting a Park Avenue facial plastic surgeon can give you the experience of a lifetime…the beginning of the rest of your life, if you will. You won’t find that in Barbados!

Our office is located in Manhattan on the famous Park Avenue, just two blocks away from Central Park, a short 16-minute walk to Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall, and a short 7 minute drive to the MET – Metropolitan Museum of Art.

After your procedure, New York City has countless luxurious and elegant five star accommodations for you to relax and recuperate in. In fact, Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery has special arrangements with a number of high quality New York Hotels. The Kimberly is a beautiful boutique hotel with mostly suites in the heart of mid-town, yet price sensitive. For real luxury we have affiliations with the Pierre, Lowell, and Carlyle hotels. Another option is the Affinia Gardens, a hotel specializing in post-surgery care. When some time has passed and you’re feeling up to it, the countless delights of New York City are yours to discover. Try out your new face on a nice stroll through Central Park to the Central Park Zoo, or during a visit to the Museum of Modern Art. Indulge yourself in a trip up to the top of Empire State Building, or a little retail therapy in one of many New York City boutiques.

There’s really no need to take the risk of leaving the good old USA for a cosmetic surgery vacation. It’s safer to do it right here at home. So pack your bags and prepare for an adventure in the city that never sleeps. You’ll come home looking like a million bucks with memories that will last a life time.

To learn more about traveling to New York City for facial plastic surgery for Dr. Pearlman, please visit our Concierge page.

Then call for a consultation: (212) 380-1541

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