4 Most Common Types of Scars and How to Get Rid of Them

Scars can be embarrassing and frustrating to live with — especially if they’re in a highly visible area like your face. The compassionate, expert team at NewSkin Laser Center can help you diminish the appearance of scar tissue so you can feel more confident.

Scars are inferior to the surrounding skin

Although scars are a natural part of the healing process after an injury or acne, the new tissue that forms is, quite frankly, an inferior quality to the surrounding skin. Sometimes your body becomes overzealous in its healing abilities and sends too much collagen to the area in need of repair. This results in a visible, tactile, raised scar that sometimes goes beyond the area that was injured.

Other times, scar tissue leaves you with pits, holes, or tighter skin that impedes your skin’s ability to move easily. Infections that destroy collagen and the underlying structure of your skin can leave you with holes or visible pockets of skin that are lower than the surface of the surrounding skin. Fortunately, whichever types of scars have formed on your body, there’s hope for minimizing their appearance.

Keloid scars: Common with darker skin

When your body’s healing response to an injury is to produce copious amounts of collagen, you may end up with a keloid scar. This type of scar tissue is raised above the surface of your skin and extends beyond the original injury. If it gets too large, it can hinder your movement.

Effective keloid scar treatments include:

Keloid scars can be itchy or even painful if left untreated, and they may increase in size over time.

Hypertrophic scars: Like keloids with boundaries

Hypertrophic scars are another type of raised scar tissue, but they don’t extend beyond the original injury as keloids do. Hypertrophic scars usually appear as pink or red bumps and are often the result of a cut, piercing, or acne.

Treatment for hypertrophic scar tissue is similar to keloid treatments, including laser therapy, cryotherapy, and injections.

Contracture scars: After a severe burn

Contracture scars tighten your skin and may impair your ability to move, depending on their location. If this type of scar tissue goes deeper, it can also affect the underlying muscles and nerves. Treatment for contracture scars includes:

Treating contracture scars helps improve both function and appearance of the scar tissue.

Acne scars: In many shapes and sizes

Among the most visible and common types of scar tissue, acne scars typically appear on your face and neck. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, such as:

Keloid scars are the only type of acne scars that are raised in appearance as a result of too much collagen production.

IPL photofacials, microneedling, and dermal fillers can help

When it comes to treating acne scars, the experts at NewSkin Laser Center pull out all the stops so you can look your best and feel more confident. Intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacials help rejuvenate skin and promote new collagen production from within; over time, this helps fill in the deep depressions left by acne.

Microneedling is another effective method for treating acne scarring. This innovative procedure uses tiny needles that make pinpricks in your skin, which, like an IPL photofacial, stimulates collagen production to fill in hollow areas. Dr. Alan Darush often combines microneedling with laser therapy to reduce more prominent scars. Microneedling is a good choice for rolling scars.

Dermal fillers are an excellent way to fill in deeper depressions of skin where you have a single scar, rather than several that cover a larger area of your face. Dermal fillers are a good solution for boxcar scars to bring them up to the same level as surrounding tissue.

Customized treatments for scar tissue deliver optimal results

Because your individual scars are unique, Dr. Darush customizes a treatment plan that works best for your specific scar tissue, skin type, and age. Your treatment may include a combination of therapies that rejuvenate your skin for a healthier overall complexion.

You don’t have to live with embarrassing scars. Call the caring, experienced team at NewSkin Laser Center to take the first step toward improving the appearance of scars and renewing your confidence.

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