Posts for tag: Scars
The scar from when you fell off your bike as a child, from a recent car accident, from a surgery or even from acne may be a constant and painful reminder of events you'd rather forget. While you may not feel any physical pain from these wounds, scars can make you feel self-conscious or embarrassed, particularly if they are located on exposed skin.
The good news is dermatologists now have many treatments available to significantly reduce the appearance of scars, no matter what their cause was!
Scars are an abnormal healing response of the skin to injury, resulting in atrophic scars, which are skin depressions, or hypertrophic scars and keloids, which are elevated. The larger the surface area of skin affected, the greater the chance of a noticeable scar. Scars occur with equal frequency in men and women, although they most often develop between the ages of 10 and 30. While scars can be disfiguring physically, psychologically or both, significant itching and burning can also accompany hypertrophic scars and keloids.
How Do Scars Form?
Scars form when the dermis--the deep, thick layer of skin--is damaged. The body forms new collagen fibers to mend the damage, resulting in a scar. The new scar tissue will have a different texture and quality than the surrounding tissue. Scars typically form after a wound is completely healed.
There are a variety of different kinds of scars, but most are flat and pale. However, in cases when the body produces too much collagen, scars can be raised. Raised scars are more common in younger and dark-skinned people. Some scars can even have a sunken or pitted appearance, which occurs when underlying structures supporting the skin are lost. Some surgical scars may have this appearance, as do some scars formed from acne.
By visiting your dermatologist, you can better understand your scars and the treatments available to help diminish their appearance.
Scars left behind from acne, surgery, chicken pox, burns or other injuries, especially when they appear on your face, can be disfiguring physically and emotionally.
Scars are a natural part of the skin’s healing process, and most small scars fade over time to become nearly invisible. The larger and more severe the skin damage and the longer it takes to heal, however, the more prominent the scar will be. If the appearance of a scar bothers you, a visit to your Peoria dermatologist may be in order.
Today, dermatologists offer many cosmetic treatment options that can significantly reduce the appearance of large, raised scars. Although scars cannot be eliminated entirely, modern cosmetic techniques can significantly minimize their visibility for an improved appearance.
Leading cosmetic dermatology options include:
- Dermabrasion: A technique that involves removing the upper layer of the skin, allowing new skin to regenerate.
- Laser scar removal: Using a high-energy light, a dermatologist can remove or reshape disfigured scar tissue. Different types of laser scar removal are used for different types of scarring.
- Microdermabrasion: A non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that applies microscopic crystals. This gently exfoliates and smooths the outermost layer of dead skin cells, revealing younger, healthier looking skin.
- Chemical peels: Typically administered as a facial peel, this treatment involves applying an acid solution to remove and smooth the scarred outer layers of skin.
- Topical cream, gel or ointment: Special creams can be applied directly to a scar to soften the tissue and promote healing.
In some cases, more than one treatment, or a combination of procedures, may be recommended to attain your optimal results. Advanced Desert Dermatology can help you determine the best treatment for your specific goals and degree of scarring.
If you are concerned about the appearance of your scars, visit your Peoria dermatologist. Most scarring is highly treatable by an expert. Advanced Desert Dermatology can assess the scar, review treatment options and help you select the most effective therapy for significantly reducing your scars’ visibility.