Scarring

Scarring

Scar Treatment Options Perth

The two main types of excessive scar tissue formation are known as hypertrophic and keloid scarring.

Keloid scarring tends to overgrow the boundary of the initial injury, and can be painful and/or itchy. Hypertrophic scarring tends to be contained within the boundary of the initial injury, and can get better with time. Common skin injuries that lead to these types of scarring are – surgical treatments, body piercings, lacerations, abrasions, tattooing, insect bites, burns and acne. Their appearance is of a raised, often red/purple coloured scar that can have a firm consistency.

Increased skin tension or wound tension can also predispose to hypertrophic and keloid scarring. Keloids also tend to develop more readily after puberty and are therefore more common in younger people due to the greater tension of their skin that predisposes them to increased scarring. Other risks for developing these scars include darker skin types, location of the scars and genetic predisposition.

Treatment Options

Keloid and hypertrophic scars can be treated with a combination of different laser treatments and steroid injections.

Steroid injections work by stopping excess collagen production that can cause scar tissue formation. Although, they may not make keloids disappear, they can help to significantly flatten and provide symptomatic relief (as some can be quite irritated and itchy). A series of injections is usually required to gain the maximal effect – usually at 4-6 week
intervals. Most people only require 1-2 injections depending on the size of the scar.

Laser treatments include Pulsed Dye Laser which can be used to help remove the redness from keloid scars. They are attracted to the haemoglobin (blood) in the scars and can help to shut down the blood vessels supplying the scar and reduce the redness in the scar.

Fractional and CO2 lasers are extremely effective tools that can also be used to flatten and smooth down these scars with good success rates. Depending on the choice of laser – most patients will required to have anyway from 1-3 treatments.

Fractional & CO2 Laser Treatment

Fractional and CO2 lasers are extremely effective tools that can also be used to flatten and smooth down these scars with good success rates. Depending on the choice of laser – most patients will required to have anyway from 1-3 treatments.

The appearance of these unwanted scars can be greatly improved by the above options. These can all be tailored to the individual’s preference and type of scarring.

If you are considering scar removal treatment and would like medical, professional advice please call us for a complimentary consultation today.