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 absolutely thrilled with the results of my cosmetic procedures. I am constantly getting compliments on how great my skin looks.
I came to Dr. Scheel’s office with a lot of sun damage accumulated over the years having lived in sunny climates most of my life. After just one IPL session, almost all the brown spots on my face disappeared. I was so happy with the results that I dared to try something I didn’t think I’d ever do … botox & fillers. Bye bye wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes, hello plumper lips! I’m totally sold on these treatments and highly recommend Dr. Scheel and her staff if you have any skin-related concerns, cosmetic or medical. In fact, next time I’m going in for a skin exam because one of the PAs who gave me a peel recently noticed some spots on my arm that might be of concern. I love that they are not only focused on the cosmetic side of things but also on the lookout for medical issues that I may not have noticed. That’s genuine care of their patients!