There are different types of scars. Surface irregularities and discoloration are sometimes subtle scars that can be improved by different treatments from a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Acne or minor injury can cause these types of scars. Hypertrophic scars are thick bands of tissue that form at a wound area. Keloids are larger than hypertrophic scars and can often occur where there is little fatty tissue, such as on the neck and face. Contracture scars can form when there is a significant amount of tissue loss, such as a burn. These types of injuries can also restrict movement. Knowing the type of scar that you have can help determine the appropriate method your doctor may use to improve your scar.
Non-Invasive Medical Treatments to Improve Scars
Surface treatments are often used for the cosmetic improvement of scars. These methods can reduce uneven pigmentation and soften surface irregularities. Surface treatments include dermabrasion, laser therapy, and chemical peels.
- Dermabrasion refines the top layers of the skin by lightly scraping and exfoliating the skin. The outcome can be significant and long-lasting. It’s useful for acne scars and surface scars from accidents.
- Laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses an intense light to treat scars. It blends pigmentation with the surrounding healthy skin without damaging the surrounding tissue.
- Chemical peels come in different strengths and use a chemical solution to remove the outer layer of the skin. New skin is revealed that appears even and smooth. This for of treatment works best for patients with fair-skin.
Surgery for Scars
Sometimes, plastic surgery is necessary to improve deeper scars. Some scars require a layered closure. This procedure may require a sub-dermal closure. Advanced techniques in scar revision include Z-plasty and complex flap closures.. The results of these procedures can also be long-lasting.
If you have scars that you are ready to get rid of, reach out to our office here at Westover Hills Dermatology in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Opeola is a board-certified dermatologist with experience in cosmetic, surgical, and medical dermatology. Contact us and schedule your consultation with us today to learn more about the best treatment options for you!