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
After twenty-four years of daily acne outbreaks and scarring on my face, I now have had a clear complexion for four months! I am beyond thrilled!
Before I began working with Dr. Monica Scheel in 2005, I was a former Southern California beach lifeguard, a lifelong swimmer and a bonafide sun worshiper. After consulting with Monica, I realized my skin was not “too far gone,” as I believed, and that she could help. Between better sun awareness, the use of hat and sunscreen and more protective clothing (sleeves), avoiding peak sun hours and finding shade as well as IPL’s, PDT and laser treatment from Monica, I have lost the “fried” look. My skin appears and feels ten years younger. I don’t need to look 35, I just want to be a dam good 50! Thanks, Monica, for saving me!