These scars are the result of an overly aggressive healing process. They extend beyond the original injury. Over time, a keloid scar may hamper movement. Treatments include surgery to remove the scar, steroid injections, or silicone sheets to flatten the scar. Smaller keloids can be treated using cryotherapy (freezing therapy using liquid nitrogen). You can also prevent keloid formation by using pressure treatment or gel pads with silicone when you are injured. Keloid scars are most common among people with dark skin.
If your skin has been burned, you may have a contracture scar. These scars tighten skin, which can impair your ability to move. Contracture scars may also go deeper, affecting muscles and nerves.
These are raised, red scars that are similar to keloids but do not go beyond the boundary of the injury. Treatments include injections of steroids to reduce inflammation or silicone sheets, which flatten the scar.
If you’ve had severe acne, you probably have the scars to prove it. There are many types of acne scars, ranging from deep pits to scars that are angular or wavelike in appearance. Treatment options depend on the types of acne scars you have.
- Laser resurfacing. This is a skin procedure that uses a laser to improve the appearance of your skin.
- Pulsed light sources help make scars less noticeable without damaging the outer layer of skin. Results are subtle and you may need to repeat the procedure.
- Microneedling. This involves rolling a needle-studded device over the skin to stimulate underlying tissue. It’s a safe, simple and possibly effective technique for acne scarring. The result is subtle, and you may need to repeat the treatments.
- Microdermabrasion. A cosmetic procedure in which all or part of the stratum corneum is removed by light abrasion, used to improve theappearance of sun-damaged skin, treat hyperpigmentation, and reduce or remove scars. It is more superficial than ordinary dermabrasion, does not require anesthesia, and can be performed in less than an hour.
- Chemical peeling. High-potency acid is applied to your skin to remove the top layer and minimize deeper scars.
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