Scarring

What is a scar?
Scar formation is a natural part of the healing process. Although scars usually fade over time, some scars may appear darkened, thickened or raised long after the original wound, skin condition or surgical incision has healed.

What causes different types of scarring?
The depth and size of the wound or incision and the location of the injury define the scar's characteristics, but genetics, and even ethnicity, may also affect how skin reacts to the healing process.

Scars form for many different reasons such as:

Scar types we treat include:

Many treatment options exist for scars. Some of the treatments we use include:

What can I expect?
You will first have a consultation to evaluate the scarring, which will be followed by a discussion of the best course of treatment for improving its appearance. Oftentimes, a combination of different treatments may be utilized to improve different aspects of the scarring (color, texture, etc.) The treatments will be dependent on the scar’s characteristics as well as your skin type. Scar revision is performed with minimal discomfort, as we use a combination of topical and injectable anesthesia methods to completely numb the areas being treated.

Some procedures require multiple treatments, each one providing gradual improvement. Scar revision is not an exact science and individual healing and response to treatment varies from person to person.

Have a question about your treatment? 
We have a dedicated triage nurse (RN) who answers patient questions during office hours. If you have a problem or question about a procedure or a prescribed medication, please call our office and ask to speak to our nurse. If she is unable to answer your question, she will consult with your practitioner and return your call.