Everyone has scars, some are big, some are small, some are dark and some are bright. Oftentimes, scars can make people feel self-conscious and they don’t realize there are options to improve, sometimes significantly, the appearance of a scar. Every scar is different and this will often vary based on a person’s skin type, how they obtained the scar, how the scar was treated and complications during the healing process. No matter what kind of scar you have, there may be options to help improve it.
With the technology we have today, there are so many procedures for different things that can be very helpful. Some of the options include topical treatments, laser treatments, dermal fillers, microneedling and even surgical scar revisions. The best option for you will be determined by the type of scar you have and your skin type. Your skin care expert can examine the scar and discuss the best treatment options with you, as well as the potential outcome of these treatments.
Topical Treatments – Post-Operatively, there are great topical treatments, such as the scar recovery gel, from SkinMedica. This product can improve scar healing and control the appearance of the initial scarring after a surgery.
Lasers – Laser treatments, such as an IPL, are great for treating the discoloration of scars. This Intense Pulse Light will pull the color from the skin on the treated area, making the scar color match the color of the surrounding skin. There are also more intensive laser skin treatments, like the fractional, non-ablative laser for the treatment of surgical scars, acne scars and stretch marks, which is the only FDA approved laser for this treatment.
Micro-needling – Micro-needling is the process of making tiny micro injuries in the skin, that helps the body boost collagen production in that area. This treatment can help smooth indented scars, but it can also help break up scar tissue and soften raised scars.
Dermal Fillers – Dermal fillers can be used for scar improvement in small scars, such as acne scars. These dermal fillers are injected into the area, to “plump” the skin, back into the area that was damaged. Dermal fillers are a good option for things like acne scars however, they are only temporary.
Scar Revision Surgery – Scar revision surgery, is a surgery performed following a previous surgical procedure to improve the appearance of a post-op scar. Sometimes there are complications, people don’t heal well or even infections can have a negative effect on the appearance of a scar. In these case, a scar revision surgery may be the best option to address the issue.
If you have a scar, or scars that are bothering you, there is hope. Schedule a free consultation with one of our skin care experts today!