Most of our scars tell a story, but that doesn’t mean we want them to be permanent reminders of what we’ve done in the past. Some scars can be unpleasant or disfiguring, and they can make you feel self-conscious or embarrassed. There are several methods that we can use to minimize the look of your scars.
Types of scars:
- Hypertrophic Scars
These scars are usually thicker and raised. They are formed from collagen that doesn’t break down as the scar is formed.
- Atrophic Scars
These scars are flat and may even cause a circular dent in the area where they form. These are usually the result of scarring acne.
- Ice Pick Scars
Ice pick scars are mall, deep holes in the surface of the skin that look like the skin has been punctured with a sharp object, usually caused by scarring acne.
- Keloid Scars
Keloid scars are raised scars that cover more than the injured area and are typically found on darker complexions. They grow larger and lumpier than the original wound and they develop when there is excess collagen at a wound site.
How are scars treated?
Scars are treated mainly with lasers and dermal fillers. Lasers can both vaporize the elevations of a scar, and lighten the dark color of scars. Lasers can flatten scars, reduce the red appearance and improve the itching and burning sensations which often are commonly associated with keloid scars.
Dermal fillers such as collagen and JUVEDERM® are used to elevate indented soft scars. However, unlike laser treatment of scars, this type of treatment needs to be repeated every three to six months since it isn’t permanent.
What type of improvement can be expected?
Scars treated with lasers require several treatments, but you may see a difference after one or two treatments. While your scar may not disappear completely, it will become less noticeable. Scars treated with dermal fillers will see an immediate improvement, but treatment will have to be repeated every three to six months.
Which treatment will work best?
Schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our providers to determine the best course of treatment for your scars.