Unfortunately, there are not many of us who don’t have a scar somewhere on our body. These can be traumatic scars from an injury, surgical scars after a procedure, infective or inflammatory scars that can be seen with acne sufferers or keloid and hypertrophic scars which are an abnormal form of healing that occurs in some people. There are many cosmetic methods for treating scars depending on the type of scar so a complimentary consultation is advised so that your cosmetic practitioner can advise the best treatment or combination of treatments to treat you particular concern.
The following are common types of scars that can be improved by cosmetic treatments:
All scars can be treated with cosmetic treatment and this can be very effective in many situations. Treatments will vary according to the type of scar.
It is commonly the pale discolouration of these scars that make them noticeable. The treatments available include Dermapen skin needling, Laser Genesis and Scar Camouflage with cosmetic colour tattooing, a semi-permanent re-pigmentation of the scar.
These are commonly a result of severe acne, surgical procedures and trauma. They need collagen stimulation underneath the scar to lift the skin and this can be achieved by Dermapen skin needling, laser genesis and dermal fillers for small areas. For larger areas Dermapen skin needling, laser genesis and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections may be required.
These are commonly a result of severe acne, surgical procedures and burns. Keloid scarring is a type of scarring associated to darker skin types and tends to run in families. It produces lumpy, irritated raised scars and results from inflammatory wounds. Hypertrophic scarring a simple raised lumpy scar resulting from trauma. The difficulty with treating these scars is that they originally occur from trauma and inflammation to the skin, so treatments that are ‘traumatic’ may actually aggravate the scar more. The most successful treatment for hypertrophic scarring is laser genesis combined with cortisone injections into the scar tissue. Keloid scarring is a little more difficult to treat. The most effective treatment for keloid scarring is a series of combination treatments involving the injection of cortisone together with a substance called 5 Fluorouracil and laser genesis. The frequency of treatments varies from 2-4 weekly and the number of treatments required can be around 10-12 but often maintenance treatment are needed months or even years after the initial course of treatment to avoid ‘flare ups’ of the scar tissue. There is minimal discomfort with the injections and this can be reduced with the use of ice or local anaesthetic cream prior to having the injections done.
The most important thing here is to make sure the acne which caused the scarring is now under control. Otherwise, the scars are being treated but new scars are forming around them because the condition causing the scars is not under control or dormant. Useful treatments for pit acne scarring are Microdermabrasion, Facial Peels, Dermal skin needling and Laser Genesis. Occasionally larger pit scars can be injected with Dermal Filler to lift the scar upwards.
As you can see the types of treatment available for scarring is variable depending upon the type of scar that is being treated. It is important to have a complimentary consultation to discuss the treatments available for your particular scar and often this treatment plan will need to be modified as the appearance of the scar can change after each individual treatment. The frequency of the treatments can be quite high in some circumstances so it is important to discuss the down time associated with each treatment and plan your social calendar accordingly to avoid inconvenience. Also be aware that the cost for keloid and hypertrophic scar injections with cortisone +/- 5FU can be partially rebated through Medicare when you take your payment receipt to one of the Medicare branches.
If you would like to find out more about the individual treatments listed above to treat common forms of scarring then please go to the individual pages on this site for more information.
Scar Correction Treatments are performed by Dermal Therapists, Laser Technicians, Cosmetic Registered Nurses and Cosmetic Doctors.
Please note the Injection Cortisone is partly refunded by Medicare.