Facial scars can be bothersome and unsightly. Whether the scars were caused by acne, an accident, a previous surgery, or they were formed in another way, the doctors at Dermatologic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery have compassion for how difficult it can be to have visible scars on your face.
What can be done to reduce the visibility of facial scars?
Our board-certified dermatologists are highly skilled in a variety of methods to treat different kinds of facial scars. Techniques include using topical lotions and creams, laser treatments, and facial fillers.
Creams and Lotions
While you can find over the counter creams and lotions that treat scars, a board-certified dermatologist can prescribe stronger creams and lotions that will work better. These solutions often include cortisone, a type of steroid that reduces swelling and redness. As scars often leave dark marks on facial skin, a dermatologist can also provide you with safe skin-lighteners to reduce the visibility of scars.
If your doctor thinks a topical solution won’t be enough to diminish the appearance of your scars, or if you’ve tried topical solutions and they haven’t worked to your satisfaction, your doctor may suggest a laser treatment for your scars. There are two broad categories of laser treatments: those that are ablative and those that are non-ablative. Ablative laser treatments will actually vaporize your scar. Once the area heals, new, smoother skin will replace the scar. Non-ablative laser treatments will encourage your body to produce collagen to help fill the scar. Non-ablative laser treatments generally do not harm the outer layer of your skin.
Within the categories of ablative and non-ablative, there are a variety of different laser treatments available. Your doctor will discuss with you whether your scars will need ablative or non-ablative laser treatment and which particular treatments would be best for you.
While filler are often used to treat wrinkles or to plump up lips, fillers can also be useful in treating scars that are indentations in the skin. Fillers come in a variety of forms and types and generally do a great job in filling indentations on the skin. However, one downside of fillers is that the filler material will eventually be absorbed by your body and you will need to repeat the filler injection. Fillers vary in how long they will last. Your doctor can discuss the various filler options with you.
If you are bothered by facial scars, call our offices today to schedule your free consultation. Our doctors will examine your scars and suggest possible treatment plans that fit your lifestyle, your desired results, and your budget.