The skin can sustain damage due to an injury, burns or even invasive surgical trauma. Often the injured area will form a scar as a natural part of healing. The appearance of the scarred skin can vary widely, depending on factors such as the severity of the original injury, the quality of treatment and even the location on the body. If the scar is relatively small or on a concealed part of the body, there is normally no need for cosmetic repair. However, removal is essential when the scar is conspicuous and affects your general appearance. Here are the primary options for scar removal to consider for your restoration.
Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion
Dermabrasion is an effective treatment for significant scars on the upper layer of the skin. This process uses special instruments such as high-speed brushes to sand the skin and remove the scar tissue. The technique can reduce the depth of acne scars as well as damage caused through injury or surgery. Microdermabrasion is a variant of the dermabrasion, and it is less intense. This alternative method uses tiny crystals to gently scrub the skin and reduce the scarring. The results are not dramatic, so you will need multiple treatments. However, you will not need a healing period like with the harsher alternative.
As implied, the chemical peel technique uses a special solution for skin exfoliation and eventual removal of the scar. There are different forms of peels available from dermatological clinics. Superficial and medium peels are normally used to remove and reduce wrinkles, freckles and age spots. For scar removal, a deep peel is essential. This process usually uses solutions like phenol which penetrate to the middle layer of the skin. The chemical removes the traumatised cells, allowing your skin to regenerate with improved smoothness. You should note that this method is only ideal for shallow scars.
Surgical Revision Surgery
If the pertinent scar is large or deep, you might require surgical revision for restoration. The objective of this technique is to minimise the scarring and improve the consistency of its appearance in relation to the surrounding skin. Normally the surgery involves removing the scar tissue and using advanced techniques to close the wound. This will reduce the size of unsightly scars significantly, although complete elimination is not usually possible. The doctor might also redirect the remaining scar in a concealed area, such as your hairline.
You should discuss all your scar removal options with a dermatologist at a skin clinic to achieve the best results.Share
17 January 2017
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