A scar is a natural healing process after an injury. There are several treatment methods that can reduce a scar’s size and appearance, but it will never completely go away.
There are several types of scars.
- Keloid Scars – raised scars that extend beyond the boundaries of the original injury.
- Contracture Scars – common after a burn injury
- Hypertrophic Scars – Raised scars that do not go beyond the boundary of the injury
- Acne Scars – these come in several shapes and sizes
- Stretch Marks – a form of scar caused by rapid growth
Research conducted in the last 20 years has has shown that lasers can dramatically reduce the crippling-effect of scars. The physical disfigurement and distress brought on by thick and unsightly appearance of scars has a major psychological impact on it’s victims. This can have a profound influence on the quality of life.
Treatments for scars
Your Medical provider will be able to design a scar treatment program for you that will influence the way it looks and feels. You may be prescribed a prescription scar treatment cream containing retinol. IPL intense pulsed light treatments may be used to help reduce redness or brown hyperpigmentation in a scar. Bleaching creams may also be prescribed if a scar has become pigmented. Raised scars may benefit from steroid injections and silicone gel pads to flatten them.
All scars, including surgical scars, acne scars, stretch marks, and raised scars benefit from laser treatments, both ablative and non ablative. For a very unsightly scar the best option may be to surgically remove the scar, a procedure known as scar revision.
All of these treatment options are available at Dr. Monica Scheel Dermatology. If you are interested in treating a scar please make an appointment with a medical provider for a consultation.
From Our Patients
I am very pleased with the first IPL and how Pam worked with me on it. The other IPL I had elsewhere was really NOTHING like this one – which was just a few spots were hit, and it produced no visible results – waste of money after two visits – it was a GROUPON – nothing I’d do again. This IPL really made a big difference. I know those brown spots on my cheeks and one near my mouth were very predominant – and they looked so horrible. Now, I can barely see them. And, overall, less spots. And, it’s just the first IPL!
A week ago I had a TCA peel with Linda Jo. She really impressed me with her knowledge and skill in applying the peel. She explained step by step the process and what I was going to feel making sure that I was comfortable all along the way. One week later I am very pleased with the results. I’ve noticed a decrease in brown spots and smother and clearer skin. Patsy the PA is also very knowledgeable. She stopped in for a couple of minutes to give me advice on a persistent rash. Very pleased with this office and the results. Already booked my next appointment with Linda Jo.