Scars are the result of trauma at the level of the skin. Most times they are unnoticeable but some scars become larger and unpleasant. These may develop after weeks or months after the initial injury.
Your doctor will ask you about the skin lesion and about your medical history. It’s important to mention if other people in your family have similar experiences. The doctor will do a local physical examination and will establish which kind of scar you have. There are several types of scars, each one having a different type of treatment. Therapy is chosen depending on the location, type and size of the scar. The benefits of the chosen method will be explained to you.
There are 3 main types of scars: unaesthetic scars, hypertrophic scars, and keloid scars. While the first type responds spectacularly to surgery, the second but mostly the third type requires a different kind of intervention.
Excision is the therapeutic option for scars resulting from inadequate healing. The scar tissue will be removed with an incision and a suture. A fine line of suture will replace the scar and will be hardly noticeable.
To treat certain types of scars, a local injection is required. Various substances can be used. Tissue expansion represents an option for resistant, unaesthetic scars.
The use of the laser in scar therapy has become increasingly common. Early treatments reduce the development of hypertrophic and keloid scars. How laser works is still under discussion. While its efficiency has been proven, not all patients can benefit from this procedure. During the examination you will be advised regarding the technique which offers the best advantages to you.
More details about the intervention and post surgery recommendation will be provided at the consultation.