There are many different approaches to revising scars and though none of these treatments can fully get rid of scars, improvement is possible. Keloid scars, scars from old surgeries and procedures, burns, and accident scars can many times be revised or treated.
Injections and Excisions
For hypertrophic keloid scars, steroid injections often help before removal. Dr. Finn will have you come in for a series of injections which often decrease the size and inflammation of the scars before excising and correcting.
For hypotrophic scars that make indents in the skin such as acne scars, Dr. Finn commonly uses injectable fillers. These fillers temporarily fill in under the skin to make the indentation of the scar less noticeable.
For some scars, the best approach is to replace the current scar with a less noticeable one. By making an incision and stitching it back up discreetly, the “new” scar will create a smoother, subtler appearance.
Sometimes flaps can help mask old scars. Other times the scar can be “shaved” down to make it less noticeable. Dr. Finn will look at your scar during your consultation and determine which approach is best for you.
Scars that are red in appearance can often be helped with our VBEAM laser. The fractionated CO2 laser can be very effective in blending or softening old scars.