What are scars?
Scars may take several shapes and forms:
Acne scars - shallow depressions or deep ice-pick like pits that form due to
loss of collagen as an aftermath of inflamed acne lesions
Atrophic scars - round, crater-like depressions often left from chicken pox or trauma to the skin
Hypertrophic scars - raised, firm scars that come after injury or surgery
Keloid scars - very large, firm nodules that extend beyond the margin
of the scar on the skin. Keloids occur from such skin injuries as
surgical incisions, traumatic wounds, vaccination sites, burns,
chickenpox, acne, or even minor scratches. They are fairly common in
young women and African Americans. Keloidosis is a term used when
multiple or repeated keloids are produced
What treatments are available for scars?
Many treatments exist for the treatment of scars.
- Fractional Skin Tightening - builds new collagen deeper under
scars producing smoother skin.
- Fractional Skin Resurfacing - builds new collagen in the
surface layers of the skin using microscopic laser beams with untreated skin between.
- Fillers injected into the skin such as collagen, Restylane®
and Radiesse® - fill certain scars that flatten when stretched
by the fingers.
- First line treatment uses injections of steroids into the scar to soften and
flatten it. This may be combined with massage at home and silicone
sheets that have been proven effective
- May be treated using with the Palomar Lux G handpiece or with lasers
- Treated with injections of steroids
- Often require surgical removal. Steps are taken to minimize the chance of
keloid recurrence (a known risk) using injected steroids before, during
and after surgery
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