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Scars can be highly obvious and cause you to become embarrassed of your appearance. Luckily, with help from your dermatologist, you no longer have to live with your scars. Learn how scar removal works and what it can do for you with Dr. Whitney Tope at Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN.
What is a scar?
A scar is the skin’s response to injured tissue. When wounded, the skin produces collagen, which helps reconnect the tissues which have opened due to injury. A scab forms over the healing wound to protect it from the outside elements while the tissues grow slowly back together. When the body finishes healing, it no longer requires the protection of the scab, allowing it to dry and fall off, leaving a scar in its place. Sometimes, scars fade on their own over time. However, many scars need the help of a dermatologist to become more discreet.
How does scar revision work?
Scar revision surgery techniques and results vary based on the scar, the area of the scar, the blood supply to the area and the size of the scar. While there is a risk to any surgery, scar revision is normally safe and effective. Depending on your scar, your doctor will use a technique which will make it less obvious and more aesthetic. Some scars like keloids may require steroid therapy to reduce discomfort and, sometimes, even shrink the scar.
Scar Removal Treatment in Edina, MN
If you feel as though your scar requires scar removal treatment to improve its appearance, you should contact your dermatologist. A dermatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions of the skin. Together, you and your doctor can determine the best course of treatment and expectations for results according to you, your scar and your skin.
For more information on scar removal, please contact Dr. Tope at Academic Dermatology in Edina, MN. Call (952) 746-6090 to schedule your appointment for a scar removal consultation with Dr. Tope today!
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!
- Keloid scars: This grouping of scar tissue is often red or darker in nature and forms when scar tissue grows excessively, resulting in these smooth growths. While keloids can grow on any part of the body, they are often found on the chest and shoulders. Smaller keloids may be treated with cryotherapy.
- Hypertrophic scars: These scars look similar to keloids but are lighter in color and more common. Steroid injections may be used to reduce swelling associated with this type of scarring.
- Facial scars: Some facial scars only cause aesthetic problems while others are severe enough to affect facial expressions. Acne is often to blame for facial scarring.
- Contractures: Any burns that damage the dermis will result in scarring known as contractures. These scars cause skin tightening, making it hard to move. These scars may even be deep enough to affect nerves and muscles.
Scars can be removed through several options:
- Laser resurfacing
- Punch graft
- Autologous fat transfer
During laser resurfacing your dermatologist will utilize a high-powered light to remove the damaged skin, visibly reducing the scar’s appearance. Laser resurfacing is an outpatient procedure that takes only a couple hours to complete.
During skin grafting, a thin layer of skin from another part of the body is removed and placed over the scarred region. This procedure is often recommended for patients with extensive scarring that covers a large amount of the body.
Autologous fat transfer
This procedure uses fat from the patient’s body to raise depressed scars. Fat cells are removed via liposuction from areas like the thighs or navel, properly cleaned and then injected into the scar.
First, one of our dermatologists will examine the scar to determine the best treatment. We will also discuss the procedure, anesthesia, cost and post-operative care with the patient. For those looking to reduce the appearance of their scars without surgery may find laser resurfacing or dermabrasion a better treatment option.
After surgery most patients will experience some minor discomfort, particularly around the face. Inflammation, redness and bruising are common post-operative symptoms. Follow any post-care instructions including cold compresses and restrictions to certain daily activities. While scar removal will never fully remove the scar, you will notice a visible difference.