Managing Scar Treatment Online
Scarring occurs when the skin experiences trauma, for example burns, injuries, or surgeries. There are several types of scars including:
- Fine-line scars: A minor cut or wound would create this type of scar, which usually looks like a small, raised, red line
- Keloid scar: Overgrowth of tissue that occurs when an excessive amount of collagen is produced when the scar is healing
- Hypertrophic scar: These also cause an overgrowth of tissue, but not to the same extent as keloid scars
- Pitted scar: Certain conditions, including acne and chicken pox, can cause scars to take on a sunken appearance
- Contracture: Burns can cause the skin to tighten and depending on where the scar is positioned could lead to limitation in movement
Treatment for scars will depend on a number of factors including scar type, skin type, and how long you've had the scar. Some home remedies for scar treatment include shea butter, coconut oil, onion extract, silicone gel sheeting, aloe vera, and apple cider vinegar.
For more immediate results or treatment for older scars, other options may include:
- Laser and radiofrequency treatments to stimulate new growth
- Dermabrasion procedures to remove a layer of skin, making room for another to grow
- Botox (Botulinum toxin type A) which has been shown to reduce the appearance of scars and aid in the healing process
- Soft tissue fillers that are injected into the skin to plump scars that are depressed
- Punch grafting, which is recommended for deep pitted scars. This procedure removes the scar and inserts skin plugs into the area
During a video consult on TelaCare your dermatologist will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine whether home remedies or prescription-based treatment is best for you. Your dermatologist may recommend in-person examination by a specialist if needed.
Once a decision has been made, your dermatologist will go over the risks and benefits of the various scar treatment plans.