About Scar Revision Treatment
San Antonio dermatologist, Dr. Annabelle Garcia, helps patients who wish to improve the appearance of an unsightly scar. When the skin heals following trauma or medical procedures, a scar is often an unwelcome sight left behind on the skin. While they can take on many different looks, most scars can be effectively treated by scar revision. This involves a number of procedures designed to minimize the appearance of scars all over the body, while not damaging the surrounding skin. While scar revision treatment is effective, it can’t make scars completely disappear, but can drastically improve their appearance. Dr. Garcia will work closely with her patients to assess the scar and give a realistic outlook.
Types of Scars
Since there are various scar revision procedures that address different types of scars, it is beneficial to recognize the correct type a patient has in order to treat it effectively.
- Atrophic scars take on a sunken look and are usually caused by surgery, acne, trauma or chickenpox.
- Keloid scars occur due to cell overproduction following a skin injury. They are raised, thick and have a red-purple color and extend beyond the original wound. They can be itchy or painful.
- Hypertrophic are raised and red in color but don’t expand beyond the wound area but can restrict movement.
- Scar contractures are usually the result of burns and leads to the skin shrinking, which can lead to a feeling of tightness and movement restriction.
"Great doctor. Short wait time. Great staff. Good results (I hope). "- B. / Demandforce / Mar 12, 2016
"Love the care and patience of doc s"- C.B. / Demandforce / Apr 14, 2018
"This is a great and well organized group of people. They are super friendly and caring. I highly recommend them, Dr Garcia has been taking care of my whole family! I'm glad my wife set me up with this appointment."- H.H. / Demandforce / Apr 13, 2018
"I have been to a lot of doctors: more than my share since I was diagnosed with several autoimmune diseases s little over 10 years ago. I was referred to Sonterra Dermatology by my rheumatologist because I had a psoriasis type condition on my scalp, apparently due to high inflammation levels because of my autoimmune diseases. At the same time I was being treated by a wound care center for an extremely large ulcer on my right ankle and their treatment was going nowhere. Dr. Gro...ff took it upon herself to try to help me with this and has shown much compassion for my situation. She is one of the few doctors who I feel genuinely cares about me. She has somehow been able to get topical medications approved by my pharmacy insurance for larger quantities so that I pay less out of pocket. I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants a compassionate doctor who treats you like family and not just another patient."- J.W. / Facebook / Apr 13, 2018
"Always pleasant staff and Dr. Garcia is friendly and helpful."- B.R. / Demandforce / Apr 13, 2018
Types of Treatment
Depending on the type of scar that a patient has, along with the size, location and its appearance, a dermatologist can employ several different procedures. For surface scars, a dermatologist may prescribe the use of topical ointments, tapes or external compression to improve discoloration. With shave excision, a surgical shaver is used to remove the top part of the scar to leave a more even surface. Sunken or depressed scars can be injected with various substances to improve texture and overall appearance. Dermabrasion, light therapy, and chemical peels can also be deployed to improve the appearance of scars. There are various other procedures that can be performed to help minimize the appearance of scars. For scars that require a more invasive approach, plastic surgery may be required.
Schedule a Skin Exam Today
Unsightly or painful scars no longer have to be a bother. Patients who are burdened by an existing scar of such nature are invited to call our dermatology practice to schedule a skin exam. We will evaluate the scar and recommend a treatment approach so that you can show your skin without anxiety or worry. We look forward to meeting with you soon.