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 Scar Treatment
From Keloid to Hypertrophic scars

While there are many options for scar treatment,  using combination therapy is the most effective. Different types of scars need different type of treatments.

For Keloid scars, we recommend cortisone injection first to flatten the keloid scars and then treatment with vascular laser.

 

For hypertrophic scars (raised scars) usually we use non-ablative fractional laser that is not invasive and has minimal downtime alternating with regular or RF microneedling. 

For hypotrophic scars (depressed scars), again Erb-YAG fractional  laser is the treatment of choice as has short downtime and less side effects. In more severe cases, subcision can be done first before scar treatment with the laser. During subcision, a specially designed needle or a blunt cannula is used to break the fibrotic strands that tether the depressed scar to the underlying tissue. This minor surgical procedure aims to release the scar and improve its appearance.

Using these minimally invasive scar treatment methods helps release and remodel scars while enhancing collagen production.

Treatment Options

Keloid Scars

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What are Keloid Scars?

Keloid scars are a type of raised scar that result from an overly aggressive healing process. They can occur at the site of an injury, surgical incision, acne, or even from a piercing. Unlike normal scars, keloids extend beyond the original wound area and can be larger than the initial injury. They are often raised, thick, and have a shiny or smooth surface. Keloids can be itchy, painful, and may continue to grow over time. 

Keloid Scar Treatment Options

  • Cortisone Intra-lesional Injection: This involves injecting corticosteroids directly into the keloid scar to reduce inflammation and flatten it.

  • Cryotherapy: Freezing the keloid scar using liquid nitrogen to destroy abnormal cells and reduce its size.

  • Vascular Laser Treatment: Using concentrated beams of light to target blood vessels within the keloid, reducing redness and stimulating collagen remodeling for a softer, flatter scar.

Hypertrophic Scars

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What are Hypertrophic Scars?

​Hypertrophic scars are raised, red scars that form within the boundaries of the original wound. They occur due to an overproduction of collagen during the healing process. While they typically improve over time, they can remain raised and may be itchy or tender.

Hypertrophic Scars Treatment Options

  • Fractional Laser Treatment: This procedure uses a laser to target scar tissue, promoting collagen production and improving the appearance of hypertrophic scars.

  • RF Microneedling (Potenza): RF microneedling combines microneedling with radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen production and reduce the appearance of scars like hypertrophic scars.

  • Microneedling: This treatment involves creating controlled micro-injuries in the skin, promoting collagen production and reducing the appearance of hypertrophic scars over time.

Acne Scars

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Acne Scar Treatment Options

Various treatment options are available for addressing acne scars, each offering unique benefits. Subcision involves breaking up scar tissue underneath the skin to release tension and allow new collagen formation.

Fractional laser treatments target microscopic areas of the skin, stimulating collagen production and reducing the appearance of scars.

RF Microneedling, such as Potenza, combines radiofrequency energy with microneedling to enhance collagen remodeling and improve skin texture. Traditional microneedling uses fine needles to create controlled micro-injuries, triggering the skin's natural healing response.

Collagen booster injections like Radiesse can plump up depressed scars, restoring volume and smoothness. HA dermal filler injections provide immediate volume to acne scars and stimulate collagen production over time, offering both instant and long-term results.

What are Acne Scars?

Acne scars are the result of inflammation within the dermis triggered by acne. When the skin pores become clogged with excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria, it can lead to inflammation. As the body tries to heal this inflammation, it can sometimes produce too much or too little collagen, leading to different types of scars.

There are several types of acne scars:

  1.  Ice pick scars: Deep pits that are narrow and extend into the dermis. These are typically more severe and challenging to treat.

  2.  Boxcar scars: Broad depressions with sharply defined edges on the skin.

  3.  Rolling scars: Broad depressions with sloping edges on the skin.

  4.  Hypertrophic scars: Raised scars resulting from excessive tissue repair. These are more common on the back and chest.

  5.  Atrophic scars: Depressions in the skin, often referred to as "pockmarks."

Noktor Needle Used during Subscision

Subcision for Scars
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