Skin is a seamless organ and even a small tear makes a big difference in how it looks. A scar is the result of the healing process after an injury. Any burn, injury, or other trauma, such as surgery, can cause a scar.
There are different types of scars:
- Keloid Scars are the result of an overly aggressive healing process. It is a tough heaped-up scar that rises quite abruptly above the rest of the skin. It usually has a smooth top and a pink or purple color. Keloids are irregularly shaped and tend to enlarge progressively. Like most scars it won’t just fade away. There are various ways to treat a Keloid scars.At Dr. Mushtq’s Skin Clinic we tackle Keloids using different treatment techniques.
- We use Intense Pulse Light (IPL) technique in treating Keloids. It uses high intensity light to penetrate just below the skins surface. Pulses of light are fired at the skin which turns into heat to destroy the darker skin cells. The skin will then scab or peel, and gradually fade leaving you with a more even skin tone. This procedure is non-invasive procedure with very less pain involved and patients can see faster results.
- Cortisone injections are also used as a treatment option. Injections are safe and less painful and usually help flatten keloids.
- Cryotherapy is done by freezing keloids with liquid nitrogen. It flattens them but often darkens the site of treatment.
- We use Silicone sheets for the treatment which involves wearing a sheet of silicone gel on the affected area for several hours a day for weeks or months.
- If your skin has been burned, you may have a contracture scar. These scars tighten skin, which can impair your ability to move.
- Hypertrophic scars are similar to keloids which are raised, red scars but unlike keloids these scars do not spread into the surrounding tissues. Treatments include injections of steroids to reduce inflammation or silicone sheets, which flatten the scar. We use laser rays to vaporize the upper scar tissues thereby exposing the skin layer underneath.
- Acne is a skin condition that affects mostly people in their teens and twenties. Acne is a skin condition in which the oil that normally lubricates the skin gets trapped in blocked oil ducts and results in what we know as pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads on the surface of skin. Fractional laser is a powerful tool in dealing with acne scar. Pulses of laser light coagulate the scar tissue and trigger healthy new tissue to form in the skin. The use of laser makes the procedure less time consuming and pain free.
At our clinic we use different methods to treat different kinds of scars.
- We use fractional laser in the treatment of scars. Pulses of laser light coagulate the scar tissue and trigger healthy new tissue to form in the skin. Laser is a non-invasive procedure which involves very less pain and takes less amount of time.
- Dermabrasion involves the removal of the surface of the skin with special equipment. This procedure is useful when the scar is raised above the surrounding skin; but, it is less useful for the treatment of sunken scars.
- Microdermabrasion is a treatment in which a hand-held device is used to blows crystals onto the skin. These crystals gently “polish” the skin’s surface. Then, a vacuum tube removes the crystals and skin cells. As just the surface cells are removed, the skin isn’t damaged. This treatment requires a few session of treatment.
- Filler injections are used to raise sunken scars to the level of surrounding skin. The effects of these injections are only temporary so the procedures may need to be regularly repeated.