Scars are formed as a result of damage done to the skin such as an injury, burn or even as the result of a surgery. In some cases, scars can be quite problematic as they can be itchy or irritating. However, the most significant problem with scars is that they can affect a person’s appearance, especially if they are prominent and positioned in an area of the body that is visible to other people.
Though scars cannot be healed completely, they can be made less visible through scar therapy. Scars are of various types and each has a particular therapy to to treat it.
Types of Scars and Their Treatments
- Keloid Scars: These are scars that are formed as a result of hyperactive healing processes and have spread way beyond the original injury itself. Keloid scars have also been known to affect movement. Treatments vary depending on the size of these scars. Large keloid scars are treated using surgery, silicone sheets and steroid injections. Smaller keloid scars, on the other hand, are treated using cryotherapy. The formation of keloid scars can be prevented using silicone gel pads or pressure treatment.
- Hypertrophic Scars: These scars are characterized by red color and a raised appearance. Unlike keloid scars, they do not spread beyond the injured area. They appear due to the accumulation of immature collagen over the affected area and can restrict movement and potentially become infected. Treatment for these scars generally include flattening through silicone sheets or steroid injections.
- Acne Scars: Acne scars occur as a result of acne, which is the result of hormonal changes affecting the skin. This is common among individuals going through puberty. Acne scars disappear gradually over a period of time. If severe, laser treatment or steroid based topical applications are suggested.
Interested in Learning More About Scar Therapy? Contact Dr. Andrew Trussler.
For more information about scar therapy, contact Dr. Andrew Trussler. We are located in Austin and can be reached directly at 512.450.1077. We look forward to hearing from you soon.