Scar Treatment in Smithtown NY
Do you struggle with acne scars? Do you suffer from scarring because of a traumatic accident? While scars cannot be completely eliminated, there are several scar revision treatments that can help to improve their appearance.
Scar removal is very customizable, and you and Dr. Peredo will determine what type of remediation process is right for you.
The first step is identifying the type of scar you have.
What are different types of Scars
There are three basic types of scars:
- Atrophic scars
- Keloid scars
- Hypertrophic scars
Atrophic scars are typically the result of acne, and they are concave, dipping lower than the surface of the skin. Their depth can vary, and there are several scar revision options to treat them.
Both keloid and hypertrophic scars are convex and bulge upward from the skinís surface. Hypertrophic scars are caused by the bodyís overproduction of collagen and can take on a red, raised appearance. Keloid scars can continue to grow and surpass the original area of injury; they also carry a bigger threat of becoming overgrown.
Stretch marks are another type of common scarring, the appearance of which can be diminished by scar revision treatments.
What are some methods of Scar Revision
As aforementioned, scar removal is a customizable treatment that will be tailored to treat your specific type of scar, but there are some common approaches that have safely and effectively been used to remediate scars.
Start simple. Before committing yourself to an operation, try prescribed and over-the-counter topical creams designed to diminish the appearance of scars. After a period of time, if you are unhappy with the results, consider more invasive procedures.
Skin resurfacing is one option. Laser treatments, chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments can be tried to soften scars and diminish their appearance.
Injections for scar revision are also common. Steroid injections can successfully soften and loosen scar tissue, allowing them to settle more closely to the skin. These are effective in treating raised scars, while dermal fillers can fill in depressions caused by acne scars.
For larger, more severe scars, surgical removal is an option. The scar is literally excised surgically and the incision is closed. If the scar is quite large, skin grafting may be required, and itís important to remember that the operation itself will leave some scarring. Dr. Peredo will be able to perform the procedure leaving a smaller, less visible scar than the one she is removing.
Scar revision options are as diverse as the injuries they treat, so itís crucial that you discuss all your choices with Dr. Peredo before deciding which is right for you.
Medical skin conditions and general dermatology concerns are a top priority for our practice. Our Board-Certified dermatologists and certified physician assistant are experienced in diagnosing and treating numerous skin conditions including, but not limited to:
LIST OF GENERAL DERMATOLOGY CONDITIONS
- Actinic Keratoses
- Basal Cell Carcinoma
- Dry Skin
- Excessive Sweating
- Hair Loss
- Mohs Surgery
- Nail Fungus
- Spider Veins
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma