Scar reduction treatment includes simple topical applications, minimally invasive procedures as well as advanced surgical techniques to minimize scars. The goal is to reduce the visible signs of a scar so that it is less noticeable and merges well with the surrounding skin tone and texture.
Scarring is a natural and intrinsic part of the healing process after an injury. Surgery or an accident can leave a scar on the skin as a result of the injury or burn. Only when scars become cosmetically undesirable do they require a reduction treatment. The appearance of a scar depends on the depth of the wound and the location of the injury. Even age, genes, sex and ethnicity make a difference.
Signs & Symptoms:
Specialists at Medcare’s Dermatology Centre use their expertise to diagnose scars through a visual inspection. Sometimes, other skin conditions can form in a scar and require a biopsy in order to be diagnosed.
Diagnosis will determine the treatments required to remove scars which may include steroid injections, or silicone sheets to flatten the scar, or surgery.
Since scars are part of the normal healing process, ordinary scars are not treated. Many scars fade and become less noticeable over time.
A: Preventing infection and the resultant inflammation helps reduce the size of wounds which otherwise may develop into large, unsightly scars. Use a washcloth and soap and water to gently clean the crusts from wounds and keep the wound moist by keeping it covered with petroleum jelly or antibiotic ointment. This will help reduce scars to a great extent.
A: Scarring is the process by which wounds are repaired. Scars produce a structural change in the deeper layers of the skin which reflect as an alteration in the architecture of the normal surface of the skin. It is not just a change in skin colour.
A: When silicone products are applied, they create a certain kind of tension on the surface of the skin, which repairs broken blood vessels and causes excess collagen to shrink. Silicone products could be in the form of creams or adhesive sheets. Your doctor may advise you to apply these for a few hours every day, and it could take a few weeks to show results.
A: Steroid can reduce scars by breaking the bonds between collagen fibres. The anti-inflammatory properties of steroids also help to reduce redness or swelling.
A: Dermabrasion is very helpful for acne scarring but is also used for certain types of wrinkles and even tattoo removal.
A: Laser resurfacing treatment is used to reduce facial wrinkles and skin blemishes or acne scars. Short, concentrated, pulsating laser beams are directed at the affected areas, that removes the targeted skin layer by layer, with precision.
A: An old scar can be a result of acne, chickenpox, an injury, burns or a scar from a previous surgery. Therefore, the doctor will first examine the scar, find its cause, type or texture and then suggest the most suitable scar removal treatment. Some of these procedures include laser scar removal, chemical peels, micro-needling, scar removal surgery, dermabrasions or topical use of scar removal cream.
Thus, make sure to consult a doctor to ensure you get the best course of treatment.
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A: While scars cannot be completely removed, you can minimise their appearance with the help of specialised treatments. There are procedures available to lighten scars, but they may not be able to restore your skin entirely.
However, to recommend any treatment, a doctor needs to examine the scar, and only after establishing its type can the dermatologist suggest and perform the necessary treatment. Some of these procedures include laser scar removal, chemical peels, micro-needling, scar removal surgery, dermabrasions, fillers or even topical scar removal creams.
However, keep in mind that you may require several sittings to achieve the desired results.
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A: There is no surgical or non-surgical procedure, currently, that can completely eradicate a scar. However, there are treatments to make it less noticeable.
A: Scar removal surgery can be performed in many ways, after evaluating the patient's condition. Silicone wound treatment, laser surgery and steroid injections are a few commonly used surgical solutions and are generally recommended. But they must be supplemented with after-care tips such as limiting skin exposure to ensure proper healing.
A: The cost of treatments depends on several factors such as the size and depth of the scar and the treatment option. It is only after a qualified practitioner evaluates the condition that a cost can be ascertained.
If you are looking for surgical removal of your scar, book an appointment with a Medcare Plastic Surgeon today.
A: While laser therapy is a highly recommended treatment for acne scar removal; no treatment can entirely remove a scar.
A: The treatment is meant to reduce the appearance of your scars. The laser targets the blood vessels in your scar tissue to reduce redness. It also penetrates the surface of your skin to help with the production of new cells which accelerates regeneration.
A: Laser therapy is not a one-time procedure. You may require more than one session, depending on the extent of your condition.
If you are struggling with an unsightly scar and want to lighten it as much as possible, book an appointment with Medcare Skin Specialists today.
A: Laser resurfacing has proven to work well for shallow scars that can be stretched with the fingers. But deep scars can also be treated with laser resurfacing. There is about 50 to 80% improvement in the appearance of such scars and it also has a drastic change on the skin's texture. However, it may take a series of laser treatments and/ or at least 18 months to see complete remodelling and desired results.
A: In laser resurfacing, first, the damaged top layer of the skin is removed. Then the middle later is tightened to give the surface a smoother finish.
If you’re considering laser scar treatment for acne scars, book an appointment with Medcare Dermatologists today.