Advanced Dermatology is equipped with the most advanced technology and contributes its success to years of experienced medical professionals and technique in scar treatment. Scars are areas of fibrous tissue that replace normal skin after injury. All scarring is composed of the same collagen as the tissue it has replaced, but the composition of the scar tissue, compared to the normal tissue, is different.
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Two common types of scarring seen in the skin are hypertrophic and keloid scarring. Hypertrophic scars occur when the body overproduces collagen which results in a thickened or raised scar compared to the surrounding skin. Keloid scars are hypertrophic scars which grow larger and outside of the original wound area. Keloid scars can occur on anyone but are most common in dark-skinned people. They can be caused by surgery, accident, acne, or even body piercings. Keloid scars can be itchy or even painful. Treatment is available for both hypertrophic and keloid scars. Treating a scar will improve its appearance and decrease associated symptoms such as itching or pain. There is not one best treatment for all scars. Treatments for hypertrophic and keloid scars include topical agents like silicone sheeting applied to a scar, injections of a small amount of dilute corticosteroid into a scar, and laser treatments performed on a scar.
Another type of scarring seen in the skin is atrophic scarring. An atrophic scar appears as a sunken recess in the skin like a divot. Atrophic scarring often occurs after acne or chickenpox. Atrophic scarring can be treated with topical cosmeceutical creams, collagen induction therapy, or laser skin resurfacing treatments. All of these therapies encourage the collagen in the skin to regenerate which helps improve the appearance of the scarring.