Unpleasant Scars And How To Treat Them

Scars might be glorified in tough-guy movies and television shows, but for the average person, they can be unpleasant and embarrassing. Even further, a scar can be a reminder of some physical or emotional trauma. Scars come in all shapes and sizes and can happen anywhere on the body. Luckily, there are ways to address them!

Are there different kinds of scars?

Your body creates scars as part of its natural healing process. As a scar matures from it’s pink and itchy beginnings, it often turns lighter or darker than your natural skin color. There are four main types of scars:

  • Acne scars – often form as deep pits on the skin, but can also appear wavelike or angular. These scars are due to destroyed collagen in the skin. They can also occur from chickenpox.
  • Contracture scars – these are caused from severe burns. They often go deep, affecting muscles and nerves. Contracture scars tighten as they heal, making movement more difficult.
  • Hypertrophic scars – raised, red scars that remain in the area of the initial injury.
  • Keloid scars – these result from an overly aggressive healing process and can extend out from where the initial injury occurred. They typically result on people with dark-colored skin.

How do I treat scars?

Several factors affect your treatment options, including your genetics, age, and sex, and the scar’s location, size, and depth. A dermatologist will treat with one of the following methods:

  • Chemical peels – applying a solution to exfoliate and remove the topmost layer of skin to encourage regeneration of skin to produce a more even look.
  • Dermabrasion – A small abrasive tool is used to remove the top layer of skin, creating a more smooth and bright look.
  • Fat transfers – This procedure uses processed fat from your own body to elevate scars.
  • Laser light therapy – using laser light can help burn away damaged tissue to reduce uneven skin surfaces or trigger reduction in oil and acne formation.
  • Punch grafting – the scar is removed through a punch matching its size, and the remaining wound is sealed.
  • Soft-tissue fillers – a filler is injected directly into the scar with a very small needle to temporarily improve the skin’s appearance

If you are dealing with unsightly scars or any other skin, nail, or hair issues, call us today. Here at Old Bridge Dermatology, our dermatologist, Dr. Juan Vaillant, has over 30 years of experience to help assess and treat any skin, nail, or hair problem that you are experiencing. To schedule an appointment at our convenient Old Bridge, NJ office, call us today at 732-679-0222.