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.
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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.