Scars can develop from a number of causes, including surgery, trauma, and even acne. If you’re bothered by the appearance of scars on your face or body, our extensively trained plastic surgeon offers a number of treatment options to help address this concern. Laser skin resurfacing has become one of the most effective and popular ways to minimize the appearance of scars and other unwanted marks. During your initial consultation, you and Dr. Charles Perry will discuss your needs and goals and develop a customized treatment plan.
What Is Scar Reduction?
Scar reduction, also called scar revision or scar correction, is a catch-all term for treatments designed to soften the appearance of scars and make them less visible. Scar reduction treatments can include topical lotions and creams, laser skin therapy, or even surgery. The right approach for you will depend on the type of scar, its location, and your personal preferences. At our practice, we primarily utilize laser and light technologies to help smooth the skin and improve its condition. We can evaluate your scars and determine which, if any, method is ideal for your unique needs and desired outcome.
What Types of Scars Can Be Treated?
Choosing the right treatment begins with identifying the type of scar you would like to address. Many of our patients are most concerned with minimizing the appearance of surgical scars that result from a cosmetic or medical procedure, such as breast lift or tummy tuck surgery. Other individuals, however, may be bothered by the lasting appearance of acne scars or an injury that occurred earlier in life. Some of the types of scars are:
Keloid scars: This is a very visible scar that results from an aggressive healing response by the body. Keloid scars typically extend beyond the boundaries of the original wound and may become stiff and even restrict movement in the area. They can be raised, red or otherwise pigmented, and bothersome. Individuals with darker skin are often at higher risk of developing keloid scars.
Contracture scars: Scars that tighten significantly over time are known as contracture scars. These can become restricting and even affect muscles, nerves, and deeper tissues. Contracture scars typically result from burns.
Hypertrophic scars: Easily confused with keloid scars, hypertrophic scars can also be raised and pigmented, but they will not go beyond the original edges of the wound.
Acne scars: These frustrating after-marks of blemishes are typically small and may be pigmented or not, they can also be indented or textured. Different acne scars require different types of treatment, so it’s important to evaluate the concern when determining how to address the issue.
Surgical or traumatic scars: Surgery and traumatic scars can range in size and appearance. If your surgery was performed by Dr. Perry, he will make every effort to ensure the outcome is as inconspicuous as possible, and this can include using laser skin resurfacing techniques to help the mark heal more beautifully.
If you’re bothered by scars of any kind, we may be able to help. Talk to our skilled medical team to learn more about our scar treatments and revision techniques.