How to Repair Scar Appearance Before Summer

woman in sun with clear skinNo matter the case, scars can make you subconsciously hide away.  The good news, scars are not as permanent as they appear.  With ever increasing technology, scar removal has become a much more simplified process.

Types of Scars

Before determining what scar removal process is best, you will first need to identify the type of scar you have.

  • Contracture - These scars are often the result of burns and can penetrate deeply into the muscle causing the area to become rigid.
  • Keloid - A keloid scar forms when the healing process has overacted.  These scars are often larger, raised, and can actually hinder your movement depending on where they occur.
  • Hypertrophic - These are similar to keloid scars, but will extend beyond the area where the injury occurred.
  • Acne - Acne scars can take the shape of pits on your face or deep angular scars.

What Treatments are Available for Scar Removal?

Depending on the type of scar and how much area is affected, there are surgical and nonsurgical treatment options to help remove or reduce the appearance of your scars.

Over-the-Counter Creams

Over-the-counter creams can be used to help relieve itching associated with scars and lighten the appearance.

Steroids Injections

For scars that are raised such as keloids and hypertrophic scars, your doctor may recommend steroid injections.  These injections will need to occur every few weeks until improvement is visible.  The injections help to reduce the size and appearance of the scar.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

PRP therapy naturally improves any kind of scar tissue by stimulating the body’s self-healing capabilities. After PRP is performed, the body begins to heal by placing down healthy tissue and bringing in a rich blood supply.

Fillers 

Fillers can be used to help minimize pit-like scaring by helping fill the area, but fillers are temporary and will eventually have to be redone.

Laser Scar Removal

Laser resurfacing treatment is a less invasive way to remove or significantly reduce most types of scars. The light that is emitted from the laser turns into heat and destroys the outer skin layer by layer.  New, unblemished skin will grow where the layers have been removed.

Laser treatment is most often used on facial scars and is not recommended for scars on hands, chest, or neck, as these areas do not heal as well.

Laser treatment is more recommended for acne scars, scars from accidents, pox marks, and birth defects.  It is not recommended for patients who have dark skin as it can cause discoloration.

Dermabrasion

Through the process of dermabrasion, a plastic surgeon or dermatologist will use special instruments to remove the top layer of skin through a sanding process.  This procedure will remove the scar help to stimulate the growth of new skin.

Skin Grafting

Skin grafting is a procedure that replaces the skin from other parts of the body, then embedded over the scarred areas.  This type of procedure is primarily used for severe burns scars where the damage may go deep into the muscles.

Living with scars can not only hurt your self-esteem but also cause you discomfort, mobility issues, and pain. With advancements in treatments, scars can now be significantly reduced or completely removed.

To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Motlagh today to discuss what scar removal option is best for you.

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