Scars are areas of fibrous tissue that replace normal skin after injury. A scar results from the process of wound repair in the skin, thus scarring is a natural part of healing. With the exception of very minor lesions, every wound heals with some degree of scar. Scars in the skin do not heal with equal strength or resilience of prior healthy tissue.
Skin scars occur when the deep, thick layer of skin is damaged. The worse the damage is, the worse the scar will be. All scars are not considered equal and they change significantly in size, texture and color with time. The older one gets, the easier it will be to scar after injury. Other factors such as smoking, drinking and sun exposure are going to affect the severity of scarring as well.
Because of the wide variability of scar types there is no best treatment for them. Unfortunately, there is also no treatment that can truly erase any scar. There are several effective, safe, and realistic options though depending of the quality and nature of the damaged tissue. Dr Frank has several treatments available for any scar ranging from surgical scars, traumatic scars, acne scars, keloid or hypertrophic scars, and atrophic scars.
Silicone Microdroplets are often an excellent treatment for depressed scars. Fraxel Restore and Fraxel Repair are good for ice pick, textural or generalized scarring. Dr Frank uses VBeam Laser for red raised, or keloid scarring, as well. Please review our links to find out about our various options for treatment. A consult with Dr Frank will help determine which treatment or combination thereof is best for you.