Scars are made up of fibrous tissue that replaces skin after an injury. Scars can be caused by many different things from burns to other trauma, such as surgery. They can also be caused by acne or, in the case of keloids, caused by the excessive healing of wounds.
Scars are a natural part of the healing process and can result from inflammation such as acne, infection, injury or surgery. There are three main types of scars:
If your scar does not fade on its own, it may be treated with dermatologic care. Your treatment will depend on many factors including the type of scar, your skin type, your age and the location of the scar.
Certain scars respond to topical solutions that work by encouraging collagen production. Laser treatments or exfoliating treatments such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion may also be effective in reducing the appearance of scars.
The most common scar treatments are:
Deeper scars may require treatments such as skin grafts, excision or dermabrasion.
The doctors at U.S. Dermatology Partners can help you find the best type of laser treatment for your specific type of scar.
While results vary from person to person, people of ethnic background, such as Asians and African-Americans, face a greater risk of altered pigment after any type of laser treatment.
Certain scars respond differently to different treatments. How long the effects of your treatment last depend on the type of scar and the response of the scar to treatment.
*Results may vary by individual