Scars can develop after a surgical procedure, trauma, abrasions, stretch marks and diseases such as acne. Every patient is unique and their healing process can vary greatly from case to case. For this reason, it is important that a board certified dermatologist examines the patient’s overall health and type and age of the scar in order to provide the best treatment options available.
Did you know? Your genes, age, skin tone and medications you take can affect how your skin heals.
Types of Scars?
Scars come in various shapes and sizes, but will fall into one of following categories including;
Cicatrix (flat scar), Hypertrophic (raised scar), Atrophic (depressed scar below the skin’s surface that appears sunken or pitted most likely from chicken pox or acne), Keloid (raised scar that grows much larger than the original wound), Contracture (scar tissue caused by burns that tends to be tighter and thicker than your surrounding skin, which can limit movement) and Striae (stretch marks are a type of scar that are caused by breaks in connective tissue from rapid skin growth or shrinkage).
Standard Scar Treatment Options?
There are a variety of treatments available including excision, radiation, injections, topical gels and other modalities that have been prescribed over the years.
A Newer Option – What is Laser Scar Therapy?
Use of laser light is becoming the go-to treatment for all types of scars. A CO2fractional laser provides precise control over multiple beams of light causing a disruption of abnormal healing in the scar tissue. These affected tissues then revert back to a normal healing process resulting in reduced scar size, smoother texture, lightened color, less pain, increased range of motion and an overall better cosmetic appearance.
Laser treatments are performed on an outpatient basis with little or no downtime from work. In some cases, multiple treatments are needed for optimum results. Most patients see results in 1-6 months.
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Sources: American Academy of Dermatology: https://www.aad.org/diseases/a-z/scars-treatment American Society Laser Medicine & Surgery https://www.aslms.org/for-the-public/treatments-using-lasers