Scar removal is exactly what it sounds like—removing a scar, whether it was caused by injury or surgery. It’s important to know that it’s nearly impossible to completely remove a scar, and restore the skin to its pre-trauma state. However, depending on the size, type, and severity of the scar, it may be possible to diminish it to the point where it’s hardly visible. You’ll still know it’s there, but it could be that most people won’t even notice it.
These scars appear sunken, as indentations in the skin. Common causes of atrophic scars are chicken pox, injuries, surgery, and acne, although these can sometimes also develop as hypertrophic scars. Once formed, the size and shape of atrophic scars do not usually change.
These scars appear raised, and are usually the result of acne, burns, piercings, or cuts, which means surgical scars are often hypertrophic. Over time, hypertrophic scars become smaller and less noticeable.
These scars are also raised, but continue to expand over time. This is because keloid scars are actually a type of nonmalignant tumor created by an overgrowth of scar tissue. Some ethnicities are more prone to keloid scars, particularly those with darker skin.
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How is Scar Removal
Fractional Laser ResurfacingThis non-ablative laser treatment is ideal for treating atrophic scars. The heat from the laser gently breaks down the tissue underneath your skin, which causes the skin to heal itself by producing collagen. This will "push out" the atrophic scar, and help generate new, smooth skin in the treated area.
Dermal FillersAlso ideal for atrophic scars, dermal fillers can be injected into the scars themselves to also "push out" the skin, doing away with the indentation. The downside is that they're a temporary solution as the filler substances are absorbed by the body over time. To maintain the scar removal appearance, you would need to return for treatments on a regular basis.
MicrodermabrasionAs its name suggests, this method entails abrading the skin. However, it's not as invasive as it may sound. Microdermabrasion at TCC is performed with the SilkPeel® Dermalinfusion® system. At the same time a diamond-head tip exfoliates and resurfaces the skin, serum is applied through the device to hydrate and plump the skin, making it a good choice for atrophic scars.
Silicone GelAt TCC, we use an adhesive silicone product to facilitate scar reduction. Silicone hydrates the scarred area, which reduces collagen production, which is what forms scar tissue.
This self-adhesive silicone strip is applied to the scar, and worn for several hours a day until the adhesiveness dissipates, which usually takes two to three days. It works well on surgical scars, even those as old as 20 years.