There are many types of scars, but in general a scar is a thickened area of skin that is a healing response to trauma such as surgery or acne.
Thickened scars can usually be flattened with some injections of intralesional steroids. This is a quick in office procedure.
Scars typically take 6-12 months to achieve complete healing. In the first 6-12 months there is typically an up-regulation of blood vessels in order to help the body heal faster. This can lead to a pink or red scar that is more noticeable. Lasers can be employed to decrease the redness of the scar.
In some cases, scars can be re-excised or re-oriented in order for the scar to fall within a natural skin tension line and for the scar to be less noticeable. See your dermatologist to evaluate your scars to see what treatment options would best suit your needs.
Spectrum Dermatology provides expertise, knowledge and passion to medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Our experience and reputation make Spectrum Dermatology one of the most sought-after dermatologist in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area. For more information or to set up an appointment please contact us at (480) 948-8400.