09 Jan

Scars and Treatments to Diminish Them

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After an injury or before a surgical procedure, many patients ask if they are going to form a scar. Scars can cause some people to feel self-conscious and hide their scar behind clothing. scarsThankfully, there are ways to help minimize the appearance of scars, leaving them almost undetectable.

What is a Scar?

Scars are formed when the deep layer of the skin called the dermis is damaged. The body will form new fibers of collagen to correct the damage, resulting in a scar. Some people tend to heal more easily than others. Healing is based on several factors, including the size/depth of the wound, where the wound is located on the body, the type of wound, and the patient’s age and race.

Types of Scars

When a wound heals, it does not heal the same for everyone. There is an array of different types of scars, including keloid, hypertrophic, contracture, and acne scars. Keloid scars are thick, red, and raised scars caused by aggressive healing. Hypertrophic scars look similar to keloid scars but do not extend beyond the area of injury. Contracture scars appear when the skin has been burned, and acne scars appear as pits or wavelike scars from severe acne.

Treatments

At Orlando Plastic Surgery Associates, we offer a selection of treatments to help diminish the appearance of scars. These include:

CO2 Laser Resurfacing– This form of laser resurfacing can help to smooth out and removal abnormal color in a scar. Using columns of fractionated energy, the CO2 laser creates small wounds, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin.

Dermal Fillers– Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm and Restylane can be used to help correct depressed scars. Acne scars that have a pit-like appearance can benefit the most from fillers.

Chemical Peels – Chemical peels work the best on superficial scars. This treatment is applied to the skin to remove the outermost layer, allowing rejuvenated, fresh skin to emerge.

For more information on scar treatments in Orlando, contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Johnston.