Scarring is the result of the skin’s natural healing process. Scars are caused by the growth of fibrous tissue (collagen) over and around wounds as they heal. Scars are formed due to a variety of reasons, including injuries, burns, surgery, an inflammation of tissue, or a result of skin infection (like chicken pox or acne). They can appear anywhere on the body and they vary in structure; they may appear sunken, lumpy, flat, discolored, smooth, ridged, etc, and will change over time.
Proper care of an injury or skin lesion may greatly reduce the appearance of a scar. There are also other preventative measures you can take while a scar is forming such as keeping out of the sun, staying active so a scar is stretched instead of tightened, lightly massaging the area to spread and flatten the tissue, and avoid using harsh products and scrubs.
The final appearance of a scar depends on several considerations, including the depth and size of the wound, location of the wound on the body, how long it takes the wound to heal, your age, gender, ethnicity, heredity, and level of sun exposure while wound is healing. Scars usually fade over time and can be minimized by creams and dermatological techniques, but making them disappear entirely is a rather challenging endeavor.
Treatments for Scars
Fraxel makes several fractional resurfacing lasers that treat a spectrum of concerns, from general skin rejuvenation to deep wrinkles and scars.
Palomar Icon ®
This multi-tasker has a fractional laser and IPL to offer a variety of treatments, from photorejuvenation to wrinkle and spot reduction.
This vascular laser treats broken capillaries, rosacea, and other issues related to your network of veins. It also fades dark spots and pink scars.
Juvederm Ultra Plus®
Juvederm Ultra Plus is one of the thickest dermal fillers, injected into the deeper layers of the skin to treat severe wrinkles and deep folds.
Juvederm Ultra is one of the most popular dermal fillers used to treat medium-depth wrinkles, depressed folds, sunken scars, and thin lips.
Juvederm Voluma XC™
This volumizing dermal filler plumps cheeks, cheekbones, and the chin area. Many love it because it is easily reversible.
This thick, hyaluronic acid based dermal filler is injected deep into the skin to treat severe lines, folds, and depressions.
Dermaplaning is a form of physical exfoliation that uses a surgical blade to scrape off dulling dead skin cells and annoying peach fuzz.
Medium Grade Chemical Peel
A Medium-depth Chemical Peel causes controlled damage of the epidermis, which restores the skin’s tone and texture in just a single setting.
This calcium-based volumizing dermal filler plumps sunken cheeks, deep wrinkles, and folds. Results are instant, but treatment is irreversible.
This popular dermal filler treats medium-depth wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and lip lines. It's also used to plump lips.
This poly-L-lactic acid based volumizing dermal filler has the best pan-facial lifting effects. This means it adds volume over an area, not one spot.