Scarring services offered in Allentown and Bethlehem, PA

Unsightly scars can form when you damage your skin and the tissues under it. If you have unsightly scarring on your face or anywhere else that bothers you, visit John Scaffidi, MD, FABOM, FACOG at Lehigh Valley Weight Loss in Allentown and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He offers cutting-edge scar treatments, including photorejuvenation using intense pulsed light (IPL) energy, fractional laser skin resurfacing, and radiofrequency micro needling. Reduce the visibility of your scarring painlessly by calling Lehigh Valley Weight Loss today or requesting an appointment online.

Scarring Q&A

What causes scarring?

Scarring happens when your skin suffers any kind of damage. Healing cells repair the wound, forming a scab that protects the injury while it heals. 

When the skin repairs itself, the scab falls off. If the injury caused more than a little damage to your skin, your body might not be able to repair it without leaving a permanent mark behind.

What kind of scars might I get?

Acne scarring is a common problem that often affects facial skin. It causes rashes or clusters of painful, red pimples that your Lehigh Valley Weight Loss provider can treat with advanced technologies like intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. When the acne goes, it often leaves behind scarring that varies from deep pits to angular or wave-like scars.

A similar problem is stretch marks. These red lines on your skin develop when weight gain or loss, puberty, or pregnancy cause your skin to stretch too far. Over time, the redness fades, leaving white or silvery streaks in areas like the:

  • Breasts
  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Upper arms

Scarring and stretch marks can persist for years and often never go away naturally.

Most scars are harmless and don’t need special treatment. Some, like keloid and contracture scars, are more problematic and might require surgical intervention. Many people find their scars unattractive, especially if they’re on the face or are particularly prominent, and wish to eliminate scarring to improve their appearance.

What can I do about scarring?

If you have unsightly scarring, Lehigh Valley Weight Loss offers Stellar ResurFX™ fractional, non-ablative laser technology, and M22™ IPL (intense pulsed light) photorejuvenation treatment. These technologies provide an advanced, noninvasive way of minimizing the appearance of scars.

ResurFX and M22 treat a variety of skin conditions in addition to acne and surgical scars, including stretch marks and skin discoloration. ResurFX stimulates collagen production in your skin, smoothing and tightening it without causing any damage. M22 IPL evens your skin tone and reduces unwanted pigmentation (coloring) in your skin.

Another option is Morpheus8™ radiofrequency microneedling. Morpheus8 uses small needles to deliver radiofrequency energy into your skin. The heat from the radiofrequency energy combined with the needles creates micro-injuries in your skin. These slight injuries trigger healing and promote collagen and elastin production.

Morpheus8 penetrates deep beneath the skin, offering one of the most advanced skin tightening treatments. You could combine Morpheus8 with ResurFX and M22 for the ultimate scar reduction treatment.

To find out how you can minimize unwanted scarring, call Lehigh Valley Weight Loss today or book an appointment online.