How Your Dermatologist Can Help Your Traumatic Scars
Injuries. Burns. Surgeries. When you experience major damage, scar tissue forms. All of them can leave traumatic scars on your body or face. These are different from the scars you may have from childhood. Those typically heal with time. Traumatic scars are more severe—they are large, raised, discolored or indented.
Scars Are a Reminder of What Caused Them
A scar is a constant physical reminder of a consequential event (usually a bad one) in your past. Seeing a scar can evoke an avalanche of emotions because it takes you back to an accident, surgery, or injury. Let’s face it, we all have things we'd like to forget. It’s understandable to want to remove or reduce scars. Today's social media obsessed world makes us feel like we should have a perfect appearance and scars can be viewed as unnecessary imperfections.
Fortunately, you do not have to live with traumatic scars. Many are highly treatable. Your dermatologist can help you decide on the appropriate scar removal treatment. Some techniques work better than others which is why having an experienced dermatologist is crucial. Here are some common scar removal treatments.
Treatments for Removing Traumatic Scars
Laser removal is an excellent option for minimizing the appearance of scars. Your doctor uses a high-energy light to remove areas of the skin affected by scar tissue and eliminate redness around the scar. There are several types of laser treatments available.
Micro-needling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is used to break down the collagen inside a scar. During a typical session, your doctor inserts fine needles into your skin to stimulate collagen production. As a result, your skin regenerates itself and creates new cells. The increase in collagen levels contributes to smoother skin.
PRP comes from your own blood and contains high concentrations of platelets and growth factors that help your tissue heal and grow new cells. After your doctor collects a blood sample, it is put into a centrifuge, which is a tool that separates the PRP from the blood. The blood is spun for approximately 15 minutes. Adding PRP creates more tightness in the skin and helps to speed the healing process.
Thick, raised scars and keloids are generally treated with intralesional injections of Kenalog and fluorouracil, otherwise known as 5FU. The goal of these injections is to reduce inflammation in the skin and improve its appearance. As the name implies, intralesional injections bypass the top skin layers to reach an area that will have the greatest impact. Patients usually need multiple injections, depending on the severity of their scar.
Scar revision surgery is used to minimize severe scarring. In some instances, surgery can create new scars, so this method is typically used for scars that are prominent, very wide, or long.
Your scar is a unique part of you and tells a lot of stories—but if you are ready to turn the page on looking at it, Elias Dermatology can help. Call us today to request an appointment at our offices in Fort Lauderdale and Pembroke Pines. We look forward to meeting you.