Scar Removal Bend, OR

Do you struggle with acne scars? Do you suffer from scarring because of a traumatic accident? While scars cannot be completely eliminated, there are several scar revision treatments that can help to improve their appearance.

Scar removal is very individualized, and you and Dr. Carter will determine what type of revision process is right for you.

The first step is identifying the type of scar you have.

Types of Scars

There are three basic types of scars:

  1. Atrophic scars
  2. Hypertrophic scars
  3. Keloid scars

Atrophic scars are typically the result of acne, and they are concave, dipping lower than the surface of the skin. Their depth can vary, and there are several scar revision options to treat them.

Both keloid and hypertrophic scars are convex and bulge upward from the skin’s surface. Hypertrophic scars are caused by the body’s overproduction of collagen and can take on a red, raised appearance. Keloid scars can continue to grow and surpass the original area of injury.

Stretch marks are another type of common scarring, the appearance of which can be diminished by scar revision treatments.

Methods of Scar Revision

As previously mentioned, scar removal is a customizable treatment that will be tailored to treat your specific type of scar, but there are some common approaches that are safely and effectively used to remediate scars.

Start simple. Before committing to a revision operation, try prescribed or over-the-counter topical creams designed to diminish the appearance of scars. After a period of time, if you are unhappy with the results, consider more invasive procedures.

Injections for scar revision are used commonly. Steroid injections can successfully soften and loosen scar tissue, allowing them to settle more closely to the skin. These are effective in treating raised scars, while dermal fillers can fill in depressions caused by acne and stretch marks.

Skin resurfacing is another option. Laser treatments, chemical peels, dermabrasion and microneedling treatments can be used to soften scars and diminish their appearance.

For larger, more severe scars, surgical revision is an option. The scar is literally excised surgically and the incision is closed. It’s important to remember that the operation itself will leave some scarring. In certain cases, Dr. Carter will be able to perform the procedure leaving a smaller, less visible scar than the one she is removing.

Scar revision options are as diverse as the injuries they treat, so it’s crucial that you discuss all your choices with Dr. Carter before deciding which is right for you.