FACTS ABOUT SCARS
Scars can tell stories about our lives. Sometimes scars are not very troublesome, but other times they can be bothersome. Thanks to advancements in technology, there are some highly effective treatments that can help notably reduce the appearance of scars. There are different types of scars that require different kinds of treatments.
Keloid scars are the result of injury such as an incision or acne. They form when collagen is overproduced during healing and rise above the skin’s surface after healing. Keloid scars are very noticeable. Contracture scars occur as a result of burns and tighten the skin – sometimes impairing movement. A hypertrophic scar looks similar to a keloid scar, but is much more common. These scars don’t reach the size of keloid scars and may fade over time. Acne scars are very common for those who have suffered with the mild to severe acne. This scarring can range from deep pits to angular looking scars.
Treatments for scars will vary as greatly as the scars themselves. Some highly effective over-the-counter topical treatments, as well as silicone scar sheets work well for less serious scars. There are also some steroid prescription products that can flatten scars. Surgical scar removal is an option for patients who have deep scars. There are also options such as cryotherapy, dermabrasion, chemical peels or laser surgeries available to diminish or remove scars. It is important to consult with a board-certified dermatologist to determine the best treatment option for your scar(s). If you would like to discuss what treatments we would recommend for your scars, please contact us to schedule a consultation.