Scar treatments at NewAge Aesthetics:
Scar formation is a natural part of the healing process after an injury. Its appearance and its treatment depend on multiple factors.
The truth is the scar will never completely go away. But there are some methods that can help reduce its size and change its appearance.
If a scar has developed recently, it is best to wait at least one year before making a decision about scar treatment. Many scars fade and become less noticeable over time.
What Are The Types of Scars?
These are several different types of scars including:
Keloid scars: Caused because of an overly aggressive healing process. The scar extend beyond the original injury. Treatments include surgery to remove the scar, steroid injections, or silicone sheets to flatten the scar. Smaller keloids can be treated using cryotherapy a freezing therapy using liquid nitrogen. It can also be prevented by using pressure treatment or gel pads with silicone when injury is in a healing phase. Keloid scars are most common among people with dark skin.
Contracture scars: Caused after deep burn. These scars tighten the skin, which can impair movement of the particular part. Contracture scars may also go deeper, affecting muscles and nerves.
Hypertrophic scars: These are surgical scars, clean cut borders, raised, red scars that are similar to keloids but do not go beyond the boundary of the injury. Treatments include injections of steroids to reduce inflammation or silicone sheets, which flatten the scar.
Acne scars: Caused after severe deep acne. There are many types of acne scars, ice pick scars, box scars, rolling scars that are angular or wavelike in appearance. Treatment options depend on the types of acne scars.
Possible Scar treatments?
Scar treatments may include:
Creams, ointments, or gels.
Chemical reconstruction: Done by applting a chemical peel solution over the area of the scar. When the peel is removed, a layer of skin lifts away to reveal a smoother layer of skin. Chemical peels require multiple treatments and are best for acne and superficial scars.
6-8 treatments are advised at 4 weeks intervals over 6-8 months.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP): PRP is a novel treatment for acne scar and can be used alone or along with acne scar revision procedures. Owing to its growth factors and remodeling properties, PRP when used as an adjuvant reduces the total number of sittings.
All the types of scars show response in terms of reduction in size. Rolling scars respond better to PRP as compared to boxcar and ice pick scars. The main function of PRP is to deliver growth factors in high concentration. It is used in bone grafting, dental implants as an “enhancement factor.” Even in dermatological procedures, PRP is being used as a treatment for conditions such as acne scars and androgenetic alopecia.
PRP is also used in leg ulcers to fasten the healing process and is becoming a very popular, effective and safe treatment option for facial rejuvenation.
PRP as a cost-effective, well-tolerated office procedure in the treatment of acne scars without serious side effects.
Moderate acne scars require 4-6 treatments and may need an additional procedure or two for more severe scarring. Also, most people need to wait atleast 4 weeks between treatments in order to allow new collagen to fully form.
Microneedling: It uses fine needles to prick the scars. The treated skin produces more collagen in an effort to heal the small wounds from the needles. The new collagen that is formed will help smooth out the scar appearance, helping to fill in scars, fine lines and wrinkles. Microneedling on acne scars are even better when combined with PRP or Vit C.
Surgical scar treatments: These include skin grafts, excision, dermabrasion, or CO2 laser surgery.
Injections: Steroid injections are given to treat keloids or hypertrophic scars. Other types of injections, such as collagenor other derma fillers may be useful for some types of pitted scarring, although these are not usually permanent solutions.