Scars come in all shapes and sizes. They can be found on any part of the body and come in a range of severities. Many are simply unpleasant aesthetically but some can be devastatingly disfiguring. Beyond their obvious physical attributes, the unfortunate truth is they can also cause emotional and mental scars. By seeking help from a qualified, board-certified dermatologist, you can work together to create a treatment plan that removes them for good. You don’t have to live with scars forever. There are many ways to address them.
What Types of Scars Are There?
Part of the body’s natural healing process is to create a scar, whether after a traumatic injury or as a result of chronic acne. New scars tend to have a pink or reddish color and may itch or be painful. As they mature, they will turn lighter or darker than your skin. There are several different types of scars:
Hypertrophic scars are raised, red scars that typically stay within the boundary of the injury.
Keloid scars, unlike hypertrophic scars, can extend beyond those boundaries and may hamper movement. These result from an overly aggressive healing process and are most common among dark-skinned people.
Acne scars can appear wavelike, angular, or form deep pits on the skin. These sunken scars, which can also result from chickenpox, are due to the destroyed collagen in the skin.
Contracture scars form on burned skin and tighten as they heal, impairing movement. These go deeper, affecting muscles and nerves.
Scar Treatment Options
Depending on a scar’s location, depth, and size, as well as your age, sex, ethnicity, and genetics, there are several factors at play when considering treatment options. These treatment options include:
- Soft-tissue fillers
- Laser/light therapy
- Chemical peels
- Fat Transfers
- Laser resurfacing
- Punch grafting
Our dermatologists in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania can provide expert guidance on a scar removal treatment that will give you the best results for your individual needs. Find a location near you and give us a call at (973) 571-2121 or Request a Consultation from one of our board-certified dermatologists.