Are you bothered by unsightly scars left behind by acne or other skin injuries? Although scars are an inherent part of our body’s healing process, their appearance can sometimes affect our self-esteem.
Specifically, hypertrophic scars can create a wavy, irregular texture on the skin, making many people self-conscious about their appearance. Fortunately, with advancements in dermatological treatments available from Dr. Nita Patel, M.D., it’s possible to significantly reduce or even eliminate these scars.
What Are Hypertrophic Scars?
Hypertrophic scars are red, raised scars that result from an overproduction of collagen during a wound-healing process. These scars, also known as “rolling scars,” result in a wave-like appearance on the skin.
Bands of tissue that develop under the skin pull the epidermis down in certain spots on the body, causing an uneven texture. It’s not harmful, yet many people seek treatment to minimize these scars’ appearance and enhance their skin’s overall texture.
3 Options For Scar Removal
Treatment for hypertrophic scars varies based on skin type and the scar’s size and severity.
Here are three treatment options that can help improve the skin’s appearance:
- Cortisone Injections: Cortisone injections can effectively reduce the redness and inflammation of hypertrophic scars, significantly improving their appearance.
- Surface Treatments: Procedures such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and skin bleaching can help reduce hypertrophic scarring by gently removing outer skin layers. These treatments rejuvenate the layers underneath, restoring a smoother, clearer appearance. Often, multiple treatments are needed to achieve the best results.
- Laser Treatments: Laser treatments work similarly to surface treatments, removing the damaged skin layers to reveal new skin underneath. They also stimulate collagen production, which improves the skin’s texture and appearance. The technology used during these treatments ensures that only damaged tissue is treated, leaving intact the healthy tissue around scars.
Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Nita Patel
Please note we do not recommend surgery for hypertrophic scars to avoid the risk of scar recurrence or the potential for more severe scarring.
As a result, most treatments for hypertrophic scars are minimally invasive. Interested in removing your hypertrophic scars? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Nita Patel, either online or by calling our office in Marina Del Ray, California at (310) 577-7544.