How can I avoid getting a scar?
Even with the best cosmetic care, scars may develop as an injury heals. Our skin care specialists recommend the following to minimize the formation of scars:
- Seek medical attention for larger wounds, especially if they continue to bleed more than a few hours after the injury occurs.
- Keep wounds clean and moist with an antibacterial ointment. For more severe wounds, your doctor may recommend a prescription ointment.
- If your wound is dressed in a bandage, be sure to keep the bandage clean and dry. Change the bandage as instructed by your doctor.
- Leave your wound alone as it heals. Don’t itch, pull, rub, or pick at scabs as they form. Only touch the wound as instructed by your doctor for cleaning and dressing changes.
Why do scars form?
When skin is injured, an emergency healing process immediately jumps to action. It’s one of the fastest recovery mechanisms in the body! Unlike every day skin growth, the skin’s injury response is hurried and disorganized. First, the body sends helper cells to place delicate tissue over the wound. Then collagen producing cells rush to the new tissue to begin laying down collagen as quickly as possible in a scattered structure. Soon, the wound is completely covered, and a scar has begun to form.
What type of scar do I have?
Keloid scars are the result of an overactive skin healing process. They extend beyond the original injury, encroaching on otherwise healthy skin. Over time, a keloid scar may restrict movement.
Hypertrophic scars are raised and red. They are similar to keloids but do not go beyond the boundary of the original injury
Contracture scars form when large surface areas of the skin are injured. Second and third degree burns often heal as contracture scars. These scars tighten skin, which can impair mobility of the surrounding tissue, joints, and limbs. In more severe cases, contracture scars can even affect muscles and nerves.
There are many types of acne scars, ranging from deep pits to scars that are angular or wavelike in appearance.
What types of scar removal procedures are available at Skin And Cancer Institute?
Every scar is different. Your doctor may recommend one, two, or a combination of multiple scar treatments to ensure the best results. At Skin And Cancer Institute, our specialists will develop a customized treatment plan to meet your scar reduction goals.
Cortisone injections soften and shrink hard scars. This treatment is particularly helpful for keloids and hypertrophic scars.
Applied in the form of a gel or pad, silicon dioxide softens and decreases the redness of scars.
Smaller scars can be treated using cryotherapy. During treatment, liquid nitrogen is applied with a cryogun to the scar, forming an ice ball until the entire scar is frozen. The treated area will gradually heal, and any dead skin and scabs will naturally detach during the healing process.
Photofacial therapy uses an intense pulsed light laser to efficiently target scars with minimal healing time and maximum results.
The VBeam Perfecta pulse dye laser breaks apart damaged skin cells within scarred facial tissue. These cells are absorbed by the body leaving behind fresh, unblemished skin.
The fractional CO2laser treats both superficial and deep skin layers simultaneously with precision control. It targets layers of damaged skin cells in columns, leaving the surrounding cells intact for quick healing.
PDT photodynamic therapy combines light energy with medication that activates when the light is applied directly to the target area. This treatment covers a large skin surface area quickly and efficiently.
Bellafill is a long lasting dermal filler that can be injected into sunken scars to raise them to the level of surrounding skin. By adding volume to the damaged skin, the area becomes less noticeable. Treatment with Bellafill is particularly helpful for deeper acne scars.
Microdermabrasion uses tiny crystals to deeply exfoliate facial skin. The dead and damaged top layer of skin will fall off, greatly reducing the appearance of scars.
Microneedling is a nonsurgical procedure that uses tiny needles to puncture the skin. The damage caused by the needles encourages your body to send healing agents including elastin and collagen to the punctures to repair them. As the skin heals, you will be left with a radiant new complexion.
HydraFacial is an invigorating serum treatment that promotes long term skin health and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of all skin types. It offers instant, noticeable results with no downtime and no skin irritation. The HydraFacial treatment removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously bathing new skin with cleansing, hydrating and moisturizing serums. The treatment is soothing, refreshing, nonirritating, and immediately effective.
Chemical facial peels are highly effective treatments that improve the appearance of scars and discoloration on the face without the need for invasive surgery.
Designed by renowned dermatologist Dr. Daniel Taheri, Taheri Ultra Lightening Peel is a revolutionary new chemical peel formula that improves the appearance of scars and discoloration on the face.
Taheri MD Skin Care uses the most advanced peptides engineered to promote collagen and elastin production in the skin. Our specialized toners, creams, and cleansers are the perfect supplement to scar removal treatments.