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How Can Laser Resurfacing Help With Chickenpox Scars You Got From Having It As A Kid?

Chickenpox is a disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus. There's a vaccine against it now, but if you were born before it was available, you most likely had chickenpox as a kid. Chickenpox can cause deep, sunken scars. The marks often don't go away as you grow into an adult, either.

If you're still carrying around the scars of chickenpox as an adult, there's a skin care treatment that can help. Read on to learn more about laser resurfacing and how it can help eliminate your deep chickenpox scars.

What Is Laser Resurfacing? 

Laser resurfacing is a skin care treatment wherein a medical professional uses short pulses from a very powerful laser on your skin. The laser has two effects. Its main effect is that it burns away all of the surface tissue of your skin, including scar tissue. The secondary effect is that the heat from the laser goes deeper into your underlying skin, which stimulates the tissues that are responsible for creating new skin.

How Does Laser Resurfacing Help Treat Chickenpox Scars?

The lesions from chickenpox are caused by your body's immune response to the virus. The resulting inflammation from your immune response destroys skin tissue. Your body, in return, creates scar tissue as a way to seal off the destroyed area from bacteria and viruses.

When you undergo laser resurfacing, the laser will destroy all of the scar tissue that your body formed in the area. The heat from the laser will stimulate the underlying layer of skin, encouraging it to form new skin tissue as a replacement for the scar tissue that was above it.

This procedure is painless since the area that will be treated will have a numbing cream applied to it before the procedure. Afterwards, you'll have to keep the treated area out of the sun by either applying sunscreen to it before you go outside or wearing a hat. Sunlight exposure can hamper the healing process. Once it heals, your chickenpox scar will have been entirely replaced by new, healthy skin.

If you have chickenpox scars from an infection you had as a child, schedule an appointment with a clinic in your area that performs laser resurfacing. It's a very quick skin care treatment that can eliminate all of the scar tissue that your body has formed. At the same time, the laser's heat encourages your skin to create healthy skin to replace the scarred area. With laser resurfacing, your skin doesn't have to carry your childhood memories of having chickenpox.

For more info, contact a company like SkinGuru Spa