• How Do I Know if Laser Scar Removal is Right for Me?

    on Nov 29th, 2016

Scars can be the ultimate foil for your appearance. Regardless of shape, size, or type of scar, no one wants an unsightly scar mottling an otherwise perfect complexion or peeking out of the otherwise perfect outfit. However, not all scars are alike and, accordingly, neither are all treatment options. Just as the visibility, shape, size, and coloration of a scar may inform the way you dress or present yourself, these features also impact whether laser scar removal treatment is ideal for you.

Understanding the Different Types of Scars Prior to your Consultation with your Dermatologist

  1. Flat scars look the most like the surrounding skin, usually differentiated by hypopigmented (lighter) or hyperpigmented (darker) scar tissue.
  2. Atrophic scars are depressions in the skin, usually caused by collagen destruction during inflammatory skin issues.
  3. Hypertrophic and keloid scars are both characterized by excessive collagen deposits at the site of the wound.
  4. Keloid scarring can even become larger than the original wound that triggered the growth.

Treatment Options For Scars to Discuss With Your Board Certified Dermatologist

Flat and atrophic (depressed scars) are nearly always treated with laser scar removal, while hypertrophic and keloid scars are often given medical treatment. Medical treatment, however, does not always occur in a vacuum. While some scar treatments focus on pigmentation, shape, size, or texture of the affected area, laser scar removal treatments may be coupled with medical treatment for the best results.

The most invaluable asset available to help you determine your scar treatment options is an informed, Board-Certified Dermatologist with a wide range of experience treating a variety of scars. Dr. Sejal Shah, a well-respected fixture in the Downtown New York City medical and academic community, is extremely practiced in all aspects of dermatology with an expertise in cosmetic procedures, including scar treatment options.

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