Scars

Scar Reduction Treatments

Scars are the fibrous tissue that replaced normal skin as a natural part of the healing process.  There are a lot of factors that influence the type of scarring that develops. How the skin was damaged, the severity of the injury, how well the skin heals, how long it takes to heal and your family history of scarring determine the look of the scar. Complications during the healing process such as infection, inflammation can worsen a scar. Injuries in places of tension, like joints, tend to heal more slowly. Age also slows the healing process, so elderly people scar much more severely. Skin type, genetics, hormones also influence the appearance and severity of the scar. An injury is not a scar until it is completely healed. The redness that accompanies an injury is not a scar, and will eventually fade. 

At MaxAesthetics, we may utilize a combination approach to reduce scar depending on the type of scar, the severity and the individual skin type.

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Types of Scars

Fortuna-The most common type of scar is the fortuna scar, usually from minor injuries. Fortuna scars are characterized as pale, flat and leaving a trace of the original injury.
Acne scars tend to be either rolling scars or ice pick.
Keloids When the body produces too much collagen during the healing process, a hypertrophic or keloid scar may form. Hypertrophic scars are raised deposits of scar tissue, usually pink or redness in color. Hypertrophic scars tend to gradually grow during the first few weeks, then slowly fade. Scar tissue of a keloid covers the wound and extends into the surrounding skin. Keloids are prevalent in people of color and can be caused by any trauma from accidents, acne or even body piercing. 
Hypertrophic Scars– Similar to keloids in that they are raised, but they do not extend upon the boundaries of the initial wound. Hypertrophic scars may fade over time without intervention.
Atrophic Scars– Sunken scars that form a depression due to damage to collagen, fat and other underlying tissues. Acne, chicken pox, surgery and accidents. Most acne scars are atrophic, including ice pick or pitted scars, boxcar scars and rolling scars. 
Scar Contractures– Burn scars. Scar contractures tighten the affected skin. Underlying layers of skin are heavily damaged.​ 
Stretch marks- A Form of scar Occurs during growth spurts, rapid weight gain or rapid weight loss and pregnancy which can overstretch the skin and cause collagen damage
Get a free consultation to treat your scars in Philadelphia at MaxAesthetics. 267-528-3859

Treatments to Reduce or Eliminate Scars

  • Filler injections - Collagen injections can be used to raise atrophic scars to be flush with the surrounding skin. Collagen fillers are slowly absorbed by the body over time, so they would need to be re-administered periodically. 
  • Laser - Scars can be lessened significantly and possibly erased, depending on their severity. There are three main types of skin laser treatments available:
    • Laser resurfacing, sometimes referred to as “ablative” laser resurfacing​ 
    • Fractionated laser resurfacing
    • Non-ablative laser resurfacing 
  • Radiotherapy- Low-dose radiotherapy can be used in serious scar cases, as it may reduce the re-occurrence of keloid and hypertrophic scarring after surgery.​ 
  • Steroid injections - Long term courses of Corticosteriod injections ease inflammation and help flatten and soften the appearance. 
  • Micro needling - Micro-needling introduces fine needles to the skin to create microscopic channels in the skin so the dermis is encouraged to produce new collagen and elastin which generates new skin cells. 
  • At MaxAesthetics Spa, scars are analyzed and a customized treatment plan is executed. Depending on the type of scar, the severity of the scar and the age of the scar, we may recommend a combination of laser, micro-needling and chemical peels. 
  • Note: MaxAesthetics does not offer treatments for thickened  Keloid scars.

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