When closing an incision, surgeons take great care to ensure that the resulting scar will be as minimally apparent as possible. Sometimes, however, depending on the location of the scar and the way each individual heals, there may be a very noticeable surgical scar. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of a surgical scar, a number of treatments are available, including steroid injections and laser therapy, to reduce scar tissue and restore a more normal texture and appearance to your skin.
The JolieMD Anti-aging Institute was founded by Dr. Peyman Solieman and Dr. Jason Litner, both highly regarded double board-certified plastic surgeons, to provide the most advanced treatments available for most skin concerns. Drs. Litner and Solieman consult with each of our patients at every visit to ensure that we are creating the best possible treatment plan to reduce or eliminate your surgical scars. We have extensive experience in both surgical and non-surgical options for treatment of scars, and your treatment plan will be customized to your specific needs and goals. Both doctors will supervise your treatments to make sure that you get the best possible result. We often recommend a combination of techniques to achieve optimal improvement in scar appearance. Our specific recommendations will depend on the qualities of your particular scar, such as its color or whether it is raised or depressed, and on your skin type.
Scars form as a result of our body’s natural response to injury. After surgery, your skin forms scar tissue, which consists of new collagen fibers, to repair the wound and restore the skin’s integrity. Scar tissue has a different texture and appearance from that of surrounding tissue. In the early stages of scar formation, the tissue tends to be red and slightly raised. As time goes on, the scar typically fades and flattens out. Depending on the size and location of the wound, the scar may still be obvious even after it has settled into its paler, flatter state.
When the body creates an excess of collagen, hypertrophic scars may form. Also sometimes known as keloid scars, these raised scars are most commonly seen in younger patients and those with darker skin. Scars may also have a sunken or pitted appearance. This type of scarring most often occurs when the underlying fat or muscle was damaged or removed during surgery. Surgical scars appear in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. If they do not improve on their own over time, then medical treatment may be necessary to correct them.
Steroids are anti-inflammatory medications that can be very helpful in combatting the inflammatory reaction that tends to cause wound healing overreaction and thickened scars. These are given in a series of one or more injections into the scar, spaced out at intervals of 6 to 8 weeks. Typically, steroid injections are most effective if used within the first year of scar healing. Drs. Solieman and Litner will often recommend steroid injections for smaller raised scars. For more extensively scarred areas, steroid injection is impractical and laser skin resurfacing provides a more effective option.
With our advanced laser system, we are able to quickly and effectively treat surgical scars on our Beverly Hills and Los Angeles patients. We use fractional non-ablative laser resurfacing to target scar tissue. The treatment sends microbeams of laser energy deep into the skin, which breaks apart scar tissue, while encouraging the growth of new collagen and elastin in the area. As new tissue forms it takes the place of the damaged scar tissue, thereby improving the texture and appearance of your skin.
We are able to use the Icon laser to treat scars on any area of the body, including the face. Several treatments may be required to achieve full results, but sessions are short (generally less than 30 minutes) and largely pain-free. If you are unhappy about a surgical scar, please contact our Los Angeles office today so we can discuss treatment with you.