Reducing the Appearance of Scar Tissue

Everyone has a scar somewhere on their body. After all, your belly button is technically a scar. Whenever the skin is harmed, it can form scar tissue during the healing process. While most minor scars fade with time, others can stay prominent, even grow larger, as is the case with keloid scars. While it can be almost impossible to remove a scar completely, there are advanced methods for reducing the appearance of scars for those that wish to minimize their visibility. Here are three different types of scars and options for reducing their appearance.

  • Deep acne scars. One of the most common scars that people want to correct is from acne. These small, but noticeable scars are often pitted, leaving indents in the skin that are often referred to as ice pick scars. For severe cases, punch grafts or excisions can be used for treatment.
  • Raised or flat scars. Pink, raised scars from surgery or injury and flat acne scars can often be effectively treated with microdermabrasion. This can be performed by a dermatologist in a set of sessions to reduce the scars appearance.
  • Keloid scars. One of the most pronounced scarring is that of a keloid scar. Keloids grow beyond the original margins and can become obtrusive. These larger scars may need to be removed through surgical methods.

If you have scars that are embarrassing or make you self-conscious, seek the professional advice and treatment of a dermatologist. Most scars can be effectively treated to reduce their appearance, making them barely visible. A dermatologist can examine your scars and offer different treatment options to achieve the best results.

Posted on behalf of:
Northwest Georgia Dermatology
840 Church Street
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 426-7177