How Scar Removal Works
Facial scars are often a source of deep insecurity. By making them less obvious—or even invisible to the naked eye, as is sometimes possible—we can restore our self-confidence and increase our feeling of overall attractiveness. In this post, we’ll explain how the more common types of scars are treated by plastic surgeons!
Common Types of Scars
Acne Scars – Acne is a chronic disease, and it often leaves permanent scarring due to the abnormal healing process that can result from inflammation. This scarring is relatively superficial, but it can be extremely unsightly, and terrible for our self-esteem. Acne scars can be classified as either “atrophic “or “hypertrophic”, depending on whether the scar formation involved insufficient collagen or excess collagen. These characteristics cause either a pit or a bump respectively, and the distinction is important in determining how the scars are removed.
Burn Scars – Burns often result in a type of scar known as a “contracture”. Unlike acne scars, contractures involve a tightening of the skin around the scar that can be debilitating. If you have severe contractures from a burn, you will probably require more than a simple aesthetic procedure; skin grafts are usually necessary in these cases. But after the functional surgery has taken place, cosmetic surgery can be very effective in making the scar smoother and less noticeable.
How Can I Remove Them?
People are often frustrated by scar treatments that promise a lot, but end up making hardly any difference. This is commonly because the treatment is ill-matched to the type and the extent of scarring. Although it’s important to acknowledge that no scar can be entirely removed, it’s definitely possible to improve the appearance of most scars. You may find that treatments you’ve used in the past were too superficial: light chemical peels and microdermabrasion, for instance, have basically no effect on scars.
The good news is that more effective treatments do exist. For acne scars, an experienced facial plastic surgeon will be able to recommend a solution that’s tailored to the problem. In general, effective interventions will involve penetration into the deeper dermis of the skin, which stimulates surface skin regeneration and creates new collagen to lift the scar from below.
Dr. Siegel regularly uses the Lumenis CO2 Ultrapulse Laser, which can be adjusted to fit the scar in question and produces incredibly consistent results. In addition, for deeper or more widespread scarring, he uses a technique called “micro release”, which uses a thin fat filler to raise the scar and create a smoother contour.
One last thing worth noting: After a scar forms, it typically takes 6-12 months to reach its final state. It’s important to treat scars after they have matured in this way, in order to achieve the best possible results.
Dr. Siegel is a facial plastic surgeon with extensive experience in scar treatment. Don’t put up with your scars for any longer—make an appointment with him today and find out how he can help you!