Although scars are a natural part of the skin’s healing process, they can cause pain, inconvenience, and self-consciousness. Most small scars will become nearly invisible if given enough time to heal, but for scars that are large, thick, indented, or raised, scar treatment is available to reduce their appearance. Laser scar removal is an excellent option, as are other cosmetic treatments such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and fat transfer therapy.
Causes of Scars
Scarring can result from virtually anything that damages the skin, from chicken pox to sports injuries and surgery. The more severely the skin is damaged, the longer it will take to heal and the more likely it is that a noticeable scar will develop. Fortunately, most scars are highly treatable. The type of scar treatment your dermatologist recommends will depend on the cause of the scar.
A common cause of facial scarring is severe adolescent or adult acne. Although these scars persist long after the acne has subsided, they can often be minimized by using one or a combination of acne scar treatment methods.
Scar Removal Treatment
A qualified dermatologist can help you decide which scar removal treatment is right for you. Although complete scar removal is not possible, most scars can be significantly improved in appearance through one or more cosmetic techniques, including microdermabrasion, chemical peels, collagen injections, and fat transfer procedures. Microdermabrasion and chemicals peels are ablative procedures that involve the removal of regeneration of the top layer of skin; microdermabrasion is generally less invasive when compared to chemical peels. Injections of collagen, fat, or dermal fillers such as Juvederm® or Perlane® can be used to fill in the depression left by a scar, minimizing it appearance. Your dermatologist may also recommend a cream, gel, or bandage that contains silicon to help reduce scar visibility and pain.
For severe scarring, surgery can be used to minimize the scar’s appearance. However, surgery can create new scars and is usually only appropriate for scars that are very wide, long, or otherwise prominent.
Laser Scar Removal
Laser scar removal is another excellent option for minimizing the appearance of scars caused by acne, surgery, or other factors. Using a high-energy light, your doctor can remove or reshape areas of the skin that are affected by scar tissue. There are several different types of laser scar removal available, each optimally suited for a specific type of scar. Raised and reddened scars can be treated using a pulsed dye laser, while acne scares are best treated using laser skin resurfacing. Areas of hyperpigmentation (dark spots) can be treated with IPL photofacials and Cosmelan Depigmentation®.
Considering Your Scar Removal Options? Talk to a Dermatologist for More Information
If you are self-conscious about a large, raised, or prominent scar, speak to a dermatologist about whether surgical, non-surgical, or laser scar removal treatment is right for you. The DocShop directory can help you locate a qualified dermatologist in your area who can recommend the appropriate scar reduction treatment for you.