Scars – Washington, D.C.
Scars are permanent reminders of past injury. Sometimes, the presence of a scar can be a mark of individuality, an interesting story, even a badge of honor, but other times they are unpleasant, even disfiguring, and they can make one feel self-conscious or embarrassed. No matter what type of scar is present or where it is located, there are many treatment options that can significantly reduce its appearance.
If you have a scar you would like removed or made less visible, schedule a scar reduction consultation at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic and Laser Surgery today.
Scars are an abnormal healing response of the skin to injury. There are three main types of scars: atrophic, hypertrophic, and keloids. While atrophic scars are skin depressions, hypertrophic and keloids are elevated or raised.
Microneedling is recommended for treatment of stretch marks and scars from a variety of causes such as acne, trauma, and surgery. The physicians at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery often combine microneedling with other treatments, including Fraxel Clear & Brilliant laser resurfacing and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), in order to increase the clinical benefits.
Clinical improvement ranging 50% to 80% has been seen after a series of 3 or more microneedling sessions at monthly intervals. Patients with longstanding scars which have often caused them to be self-conscious have regained much confidence after microneedling treatment. If you have suffered from scarring, the physicians at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery are best equipped to create a customized treatment plan to help you regain confidence and restore the beauty of your skin.
Our physicians often combine microneedling with other treatments, including Fraxel Clear & Brilliant laser resurfacing and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), in order to increase the clinical benefits.
Treating Atrophic Scars
Atrophic scars often result from imbedded material or injuries that removed a significant amount of tissue. Acne scars are a very common type of atrophic scar. This type of scar can benefit from a number of noninvasive treatments. For acne scarring and other widespread scarring, Fraxel Re:store laser treatment is one of the best treatments available. Ones with uneven surfaces, such as bumps or ridges, can be smoothed using a CO2 laser such as the Fraxel Re:pair or Lumenis Ultrapulse. These lasers vaporize the elevations of the scar and flatten them to produce a smoother surface.
The pulsed dye laser can minimize the red color and thickness of some, while various Q-switched lasers have been demonstrated to lighten the dark color of scars. Some require treatment by a combination of lasers.
Dermal fillers can be used to elevate indented, soft ones. Improvement is immediate, but the tradeoff is that it is not permanent. Injections typically need to be repeated every three to six months.
Lasers can also be used to reduce the appearance of hypertrophic ones. Pulsed dye lasers have been the standard treatment for hypertrophic scars and keloids. They flatten the scar, reduce its red appearance, and improve the itching and burning sensations commonly associated with them. Q-switched lasers can also help reduce the appearance of the pigmentation within these scars.
While hypertrophic and keloids can be treated at any time, the best results occur when they are treated as early as possible. If a family history of hypertrophic or keloid scarring is evident, it is best to have preventative treatment to reduce the appearance of your scars.
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If you have a scar or a propensity to scar about which you are concerned, Dr. Tina Alster will prescribe the best possible treatment to diminish the scar’s appearance. Schedule a scar treatment consultation at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery today.