Learn how to heal and remove your scar with scar revision series from our dermatologist in Washington, DC
At the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, speaking to a dermatologist is the best way to start taking good care of your skin. Surgeries and injuries can result in scars that can impact the skin’s appearance—as well as a patient’s self-confidence! If you are interested in learning more about how to heal your injury with scar revision services in the area of Washington, DC, we encourage you to read on!
What causes scarring?
Scarring can develop in many different forms. When the skin is cut, the body starts the healing process. The scar is produced with fibrous tissue that the body uses to repair a wound. The wound may be anything that impacts the skin, such as:
- Surgical incisions
- Skin injuries
- Burns to the skin
During the healing process, most patients can utilize a wound healing lotion that can reduce the appearance of scarring. However, these scars may still impact the skin and may even become large and noticeable, especially when keloids develop. Keloids are a specific type of scar that can result in the development of puckers or bumps that are painful or itchy. They can form anywhere where the skin has been impacted and can become unsightly and embarrassing. With scar revision services at the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, patients can eliminate the keloid scar and feel more comfortable in their skin.
What are the scar revision services available?
Several options are used in treating areas of scarring. The best one for a patient will be determined based on the patient’s specific needs and the type of scarring that is present. Below are just a few of the more common treatments used to address scarring on the skin:
- Topical medications
- Chemical peels
- Laser surfacing
- Dermal filler injections
- Surgical excision
Each of these may benefit patients differently, though determining candidacy is done during an initial consultation. At this appointment, Dr. Cheryl Burgess will evaluate the scar. She will learn more about how long it has been present and determine the kind of scarring to provide a proper recommendation for treatment. Patients can ask questions about the procedures they are presented with, and work with their provider to choose the one best for their needs.
Who is a candidate for scar revision services?
Scar revision services can be performed on patients of all ages and skin types. The patient must understand and have realistic expectations regarding the final results. Treating a surgical scar with another surgery is only recommended if there is a larger chance of impacting the scar, specifically in making it far less noticeable than it currently is. Other options may be considered instead depending on the patient’s scar type, size, and location on the body. Dr. Cheryl Burgess, our board-certified dermatologist, can make proper recommendations for patients and ensure they see results that improve their confidence and self-esteem.
What about scarring on the face?
The facial area is one place on the body that gets the most visibility. When large scars impact one’s confidence when on the facial area, patients should speak to our dermatologist about the options available. Treatments such as microdermabrasion may be effective in reducing the appearance of the scar, especially when cosmetics do not provide the proper coverage. Microdermabrasion also has other benefits for the facial area and skin, including improved texture and tone. A patient’s entire facial area can be enhanced dramatically with the use of microdermabrasion or other exfoliating treatments such as chemical peels or laser therapies. Many of these treatments can be used in addition to medications that may be prescribed for problems such as acne or rosacea. Patients need to discuss their medical history with Dr. Cheryl Burgess to decide what treatment can be used in addressing unwanted scarring.
Are you interested in scar revision services?
Now is the time to speak to a dermatologist about how the skin can be treated, primarily if unwanted scarring has formed from prior surgeries or injuries. Dr. Cheryl Burgess and her team are committed to helping patients achieve beautiful skin and address common issues that may develop. Call (410) 224 - 1195 today to schedule an appointment at the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, conveniently located at 2311 M Street in Suite 504.
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