Scar Reduction Therapy
Be comfortable in your skin with scar reduction therapy in Boca Raton.
Post-surgical scarring and the remnants of traumatic wounds can be embarrassing and uncomfortable problems. Dr. Schoenhaus offers scar reduction therapy with laser genesis, injections and topical treatments to reduce the appearance of scars.
Why Choose Scar Reduction Therapy?
Many people with scars in hard-to-hide places choose scar reduction therapy to make scars less noticeable. Scars are permanent, but many treatments can reduce their appearance, including:
- Injections. Steroids may be infused into the skin to reduce the protrusion of keloid and hypertrophic scars. Injections can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments.
- Topical treatments. Scars caused by injuries, wounds and acne can often be treated with ointments and creams. These can reduce the discoloration and elevation of a scar and can be found in both over-the-counter and prescription varieties.
- Laser scar removal. A laser can be carefully guided along the surface of the scar. This works by stimulating collagen production and reorganization to improve the texture of the skin while vascular settings on the laser help to reduce the redness in the scar. Treatments are typically performed in an outpatient environment without the need for anesthesia.
What Causes a Scar?
When we are injured or have surgery, scars are a natural part of the skin’s healing process. However, there are many different kinds of scars that may develop due to the nature of the injury and other factors like ethnicity, genetics, age and sex.
- Keloid scars are caused by an overactive healing process and can cause problems beyond those of the actual injury by inhibiting movement. Keloid scars are most common in those with a dark complexion and can be treated topically, surgically and by injection.
- Hypertrophic scars are similar in appearance to keloid scars, but do not cause problems beyond the original injury. These unsightly problems can be treated with injections.
- Contracture scars result from burns and tighten the skin, which can impede your movement. These scars may also reach deeper to impact nerves and muscles.
- Atrophic scars or acne scars can produce pits and unevenness due to skin conditions. Treatment will depend on the nature of the scars and their cause.
Dr. Schoenhaus can help you determine which method of scar reduction therapy will be best for you and will provide instructions for aftercare. However, scar reduction therapy is not for everyone. Certain skin conditions may make you ineligible for scar reduction therapy, including:
- Cystic acne
To learn more about scar reduction therapy, schedule a consultation with Dr. Schoenhaus today.