If life's experiences have left you with unsightly scars, you don't have to live with them. Gordana Gligoric, MD, offers a variety of scar treatment options to reduce or eliminate the appearance of stretch marks, surgical scars, and acne scars. To learn more about your options for restoring your skin at the Ageless Laser Med Spa in San Antonio, give the practice a call or use the online booking feature to schedule your appointment today.
Scars form through the body's natural healing process. After damage to the dermis layer of skin, the body forms new collagen fibers to heal the wound. Once healed, the tissue around the damaged skin is a different texture and color, causing the visible scar. Scars are usually pale and flat, but younger people and dark-skinned people more commonly experience hypertrophic or keloid scars, which are raised. Most wounds will have some degree of scarring, including wounds from diseases, acne, surgeries, and accidents.
There are four common scar treatments designed to reduce or eliminate scars. The right treatment depends on the cause and condition of your scar. Scar treatment options include:
Many over-the-counter creams and ointments are available to reduce the appearance of scars. Your doctor can also write a prescription for ointments, gels, or creams designed for scar treatment. This method is best used with surgical scars, or scars from skin wounds and injuries.
Surgical scar treatment is an option for prominent scars. Surgeries such as skin grafts, skin removal, and laser surgery can remove scar tissue. You should wait at least a year before getting surgical removal of scars if your scars are the result of cosmetic, plastic, or any other type of surgery. Most scars fade over time, and you may not need treatment if you give the scar's appearance time to fade.
Dr. Gligoric can use blood vessel lasers on raised, pink, or purple scars to flatten and lighten their appearance. CO2 fractional lasers can also be used to treat scars.
Steroid injections are often used to treat protruding scars. The injections help flatten the raised skin to decrease visibility. Injections can be used in combination with other treatments as necessary to get the desired results.
Doctors may also recommend pressure dressings and silicone gel sheeting as possible scar treatment options for existing scars or to prevent acne scars. If the appearance of scars on your body bothers you, schedule an appointment at Ageless Laser Med Spa to learn about your possible treatment options.