Some scars serve as reminders of cool stories of adventure and a little too much daring fun. But some come with painful reminders of accidents and hurt, and many people wish to have these scars disappear. Dermatologists have different treatment options that can significantly reduce the appearance of scars, and even make them disappear all together. There are multiple options for scar correction ranging from minimally invasive microdermabrasion procedures and laser treatments to more invasive cosmetic procedures. The type of scar, where it is, and the patient’s expectations help to determine the best option for correcting the appearance of a scar.
Scars are the skin’s abnormal healing responses to injuries. There are two types of scars: hypertrophic scars and keloids are elevated above the surrounding skin surface, and atrophic scars that are skin depressions. The larger the area of skin that was injured, the more noticeable a scar will be on a person’s skin. Scars can be disfiguring physically, damaging psychologically, or both, which is why many people choose to erase the signs of their scars.
Younger patients with scars tend to heal better and faster from scar correction than older patients. The skin has a regenerative quality to it that is at its highest performance before the age of 30. After that, patients with mature skin may require treatment over the scar and surrounding skin to blend the scar more evenly with the natural pigmentation and appearance of the skin.
If you would like to undergo scar correction, talk to your dermatologist today about the available procedures for your skin. Together you can review treatment options and select the most effective approach that will maximize results.
Posted on behalf of Dr. John Kayal, Northwest Georgia Dermatology