San Diego Scar Repair
Fade your scars with a little help from your friends at LJCSC
Whether from childhood case of chicken pox, teenage acne, skin trauma, or the result of a surgical procedure, scars come in all shapes and sizes—and sometimes they can be problematic.
Whether you’re self-conscious about the way your scars look or they cause you pain or discomfort, there are treatments and techniques for improving their appearance.
5 facts about scars:
- Scarring is a normal part of your skin’s natural healing process. Collagen is released to mend a wound or trauma so it can reattach the skin.
- There are people that have a hereditary or family tendency to heal poorly and develop what is called a hypertrophic scar or keloid. These scars become very red, swollen, tender and may even worsen with time instead of healing.
- Some areas of the body are just prone to poor healing and produce problematic scars with greater frequency. These areas commonly include the jawline, ears, chest and breasts, shoulders, upper back, and legs.
- Scars can take a while to fade and soften, and some will naturally become near invisible. Your genes, lifestyle habits, nature of wound, and subsequent wound care can all impact how well scars heal.
- There are three main types of scars: normal scars (flat, slightly discolored), hypertrophic scars (slightly raised and discolored), and keloid scars (very overgrown, often larger than original injury).
Scar Treatment Options
Painful or itching scars will usually respond to intra-lesional injections of medications such as 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) or lasers that interact with capillaries. Sometimes pressure dressings or topical medications may play a role as well in the scar treatment.Since 1988, more than 25,000 patients have had safe, successful procedures at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre.
When scars are unsightly it is either because of color (red or brown coloring or loss of color) or due to healing that leaves an indentation, crater, pit, or an elevated lump or ridge. Some surgical scars are fine lines and virtually invisible initially, but stretch out with time to become thinned out, flat or wide that look much like “stretch marks” that develop from rapid growth.
Depending upon the type and cause of scars, they can often be minimized with one of the following non-surgical treatments:
When scars are elevated and cause a bump or a ridge , a combination of treatments is needed. To remove the ridge or bump, a laser may be used to vaporize the unwanted tissue and flatten it. Medications can be used that turn off the cells that make scar tissue. 5-FU is usually injected to help flatten scars.
When a scar causes an indentation or crater, then stimulation of new collagen to build up the indentation is needed. Fillers, such as Restylane®, Juvéderm®, or Radiesse® are also used to fill in the indentation. Sharply defined craters and ice pick scars may be revised by performing a small excision of the scar.