Posts for: April, 2016
You don’t have to be known for your scar. Learn how with the help of your Edina dermatologist.
Big or small, scars can draw attention. You might worry your visible scar is the first or only thing people notice about you. But with the help of your Edina, MD dermatologist, Dr. Whitney D. Tope at Academic Dermatology, you can make your scar a worry of the past.
Types of Scars
Whether from an accident, surgery or acne, scars form when multiple layers of the skin heal from an injury. But different causes mean different scar types, including:
- Burn scars—when a large section of skin is destroyed by a severe burn, the skin heals in a puckered way. The muscles and tendons under the skin may even be affected in this healing.
- Keloid scars—these scars generally look like growths at the scar site and form when the skin produces too much collagen after the wound has healed.
- Hypertrophic scars—these are also raised scars, but unlike keloids, they do not grow outside the boundaries of the original wound. However, their thick and raised texture can be unsightly and may restrict movement like burn scars.
- Facial scars—these are often deemed unattractive just because they are on the face, like acne scars, but some can also affect the movement of facial muscles.
All of these different types of scars need different treatments, but it is important to remember none of them will go away completely. You can take measures to keep an injury from scaring while it’s healing, but a scar is permanent once it forms—it can only be made less visible or relocated.
How Your Scar May Be Removed
When you meet with your Edina dermatologist, he will examine your scar and decide on which treatment would be best. For scars where the skin has tightened, like with severe burns, the entire scar tissue may be removed. Dermabrasion and laser resurfacing can be used to remove the upper skin layers of a rough or elevated scar, making it smoother and less visible. Keloids and hypertrophic scars are often first shrunk with steroid injections and, if that alone is not satisfactory, then surgically removed. Skin grafts or folding scar tissue under flaps of unscarred, adjacent skin are other options. For more visible scars, like those on the face, multiple procedures and treatments may be needed.
A painful injury doesn’t have to continue to haunt you through a scar. If you want to take your self-image and self-confidence back into your own hands, or if you just want to learn more, contact Academic Dermatology in Edina, MD. Call Dr. Whitney D. Tope at (952) 756-6090 today and to make your scar a thing of the past!