All Hands on Deck
There are many different types of scars, and within those types of scars, there are many degrees of severity. Scar Therapy by a board-certified dermatologist at Ocean Drive Dermatology in Vero Beach, Florida, is customized to each patient, their expectations, and the available treatments, of which there are many, the most common and effective of which is fractionated ablative lasers. Fractional lasers can help reduce the thickness of the scar, reduce the redness, and even start to blend the scarred skin together with your normal skin. Over a course of treatments, dramatic results can be achieved. At Ocean Drive Dermatology, we find the best outcomes tend to be with an “all hands on deck” approach. This may include treating with a Fractional Laser and then utilizing Silicone Gel at home between treatments.
Scars do not change overnight, but as the weeks and months go by the improvement is exciting to watch.
Treatment Tailored to Your Needs
Scar Therapy encompasses a range of treatments that depend on your scar type, how long you’ve had the scar, whether or not the scar will fade naturally over time, and your overall health. Fractional laser or light therapy, silicone gel or sheet, pressure therapy, polyurethane dressing, Corticosteroid injections, 5-FU or bleomycin injections, Cryosurgery, Scar surgery, and non-prescription treatments are all possible avenues to treat a scar.
Benefits You Can See
Some of the benefits of scar therapy include:
Your Trusted Medical Professional
It is important that you have a board-certified dermatologist examine your scar not only to determine the type of scar and treatment but also because sometimes cancer can present as a scar. Our medical provider will take your health history and examine your scar at your consultation.
They will discuss the best treatment plan for your scar and, if treatment is agreed to, will discuss how to prepare for the treatment.
Multiple Treatment Options
When a laser is recommended for treatment, your medical professional at Ocean Drive Dermatology will typically start with a Fractional Laser, a quick and easy outpatient procedure. A numbing medication will be to the scar for about 30 minutes prior to the treatment. The treatment causes little to no pain and is done in about 10 minutes. Laser treatment is especially effective on acne scars.
Hypertrophic scars or keloid scars tend to be raised, red or pink, and sometimes tender or itchy to the touch. This type of scar is more commonly associated with patients that have darkly pigmented skin, but any skin type can get a hypertrophic or keloid scar. A steroid injection with Kenalog is quick and easy, requires no numbing medicine prior to the procedure, and results in minimal pain. Typically, more than one treatment will be required. It is safe to have an injection every four to six weeks but no more than five treatment sessions in total. Potential side effects include dilated blood vessels appearing in the scar, thinning of the skin, as well as an indentation left behind where the scar was treated.
A favorite therapy at Ocean Drive Dermatology for the reduction of red and raised scars is silicone gel. Numerous studies have shown that silicone is safe and effective for scar reduction. Silicone treatment will take a few months, but in the end, it is worth it. Some silicone gels include a built-in sunscreen, a perfect alternative for scars on the scalp, face, or any sun-exposed area. Ocean Drive Dermatology carries Silagen, the only medical-grade silicone product on the market. Sometimes, I recommend silicone sheeting in place or in conjunction with the gel. Silicone sheeting stays on the skin for hours at a time. Over time, your skin will adjust to the sheeting, and it can be worn for upwards of 24 hours a day.
I have seen many patients over the years that have acne scars. This could be a 21-year-old female in college or even a 55-year-old male that wants to improve the look of his scars years later. My favorite treatment for scars is either Fractional Laser or our Hybrid Fractional Laser called Halo. Depending on the extent of the scarring, I will sometimes recommend both types of laser. If your acne is under control or resolved, then a laser is a great option to treat the scarring that is left behind. Typically, multiple sessions are needed for the very best results.
After scar therapy treatment, a patient will see visible results, including decreased redness, reduced size, or a flattened scar. A reduction of itching, pain, hardness, and swelling will also occur. For raised and contracture scars, patients should feel a loosening of tight skin and an increased range of motion.
On the Mend
After laser treatment, there will be some pinpoint bleeding, which is expected and will typically resolve within 24 hours. Post-care includes the use of Aquaphor or a similar product for about 48-72 hours. Repeat treatments are typically every 4 to 6 weeks.
It depends on the treatment plan. Costs for different types of treatments will be explained and reviewed during the consultation. We can keep the cost of laser procedures down because we are treating small areas, which allows for multiple sessions.
Scars can’t be removed, but through various treatments and following short-term and long-term aftercare instructions, the visibility of scars can be significantly reduced.
Discover Elevated Care at Ocean Drive Dermatology
Say goodbye to the standard nine-minute dermatology appointments and hello to personalized and welcoming care at Ocean Drive Dermatology. With a wide range of services, including advanced injection techniques, laser treatments, and on-site plastic surgery for advanced cases, we are dedicated to providing exceptional care to every patient. Book your appointment today and experience the best of both worlds with our medical-minded approach to aesthetics and partnership with plastic surgeons. Join the ranks of our satisfied patients at Ocean Drive Dermatology in Vero Beach, Florida.
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