There are many potential causes and types of scarring, requiring very different treatments. Some scars can be completely removed, and others can be revised for a much less noticeable appearance. Dr. Jonith Breadon, of Aesthetic Dermatology and Laser Surgery, has extensive experience treating scars, with amazing results.
Many scars exist on the surface of skin making them more easily treatable. Red spots resulting from an acne flare-up may take 16 months or longer to fade. However, they can be corrected quickly and effectively with laser treatment. In some cases, this same laser can be used to treat keloid scars, which are thick, ropey, and raised.
Dark brown patches, also known as post inflammation hyperpigmentation scars, may be treated with a series of chemical peels and at-home cosmeceutical products. Today, we have a wide variety of wonderfully safe, effective chemical peels available. One of Dr. Breadon’s favorite peels for pigmented scars is the Luminescence Peel. Typically, several sessions are required for full results. A prescription strength fading cream may be provided for use at home. This cream is much more effective than over-the-counter alternatives, with a stronger active ingredient.
When scars go beyond the skin surface, complete removal may not be possible. However, a variety of scar revision options can make it much less noticeable. Depressions in the skin can be treated with a procedure. This involves releasing the scar tissue that is binding skin down, letting it naturally rise. Damage to the skin’s surface may be treated with various chemical peels, or certain types of dermabrasion. In most cases, a combination of several procedures is used for the best outcome.
Scar revision rarely provides full correction. Dr. Breadon believes in being honest and straightforward with her patients. She won’t say that your skin can be restored flawlessly, unless that is the result she expects. Most deep scars can be improved 50 percent or more, but not eliminated.
Before recommending treatment, Dr. Breadon will examine the scar to determine the best treatment plan. Usually, a traumatic scar can be excised and reoriented, making it smaller and less visible. In some cases, it may not be possible to reduce the size of a scar, especially if it resulted from a major surgery such as C-section. However, we can reduce the visibility of surgical scars by using laser treatment to remove the redness.
If you have been living with an embarrassing scar, help is available.