Dr. Hope Sherie is a Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon who understands that self-confidence directly correlates to personal appearance for many people. This means that the presence of Hypertrophic scars and Keloid scars can drastically inhibit some people’s sense of personal beauty. Thankfully, surgical scar revision is available for improving the appearance of scarring, whether it be from surgery, illness or injury. In many cases, removing scar tissue can also enhance function, making it more than simply a cosmetic benefit for our clients.
Why Do Keloid and Hypertrophic Scars Occur?
Our skin is actually the largest organ in our body. It is a complex system of cells, glands, hair follicles and layers, offering protection to our inner organs and musculature. Our skin is comprised of many different tissue types and serves as one of our major eliminatory organs, detoxifying constantly and releasing toxins in the form of sweat, sebum and other substances. A scar can form after trauma due to the collagen in our cells and the body’s natural healing response. Some people experience minimal scarring and others significant.
Hypertrophic scars showcase a widened and often raised, red appearance that does not extend beyond the original wound boundaries. This type of scar typically reaches a maximum size and then regresses or stabilizes; however, there is no definitive timeframe for this since every person is different. A higher amount of type 3 collagen is present in these scars in comparison to normal wounds.
An abnormal scar that grows beyond the boundaries of the original skin injury site is defined as a Keloid. They are typically marked by the appearance of a raised area that exceeds the border of the original wound. The most common places on the body that exhibit Keloid scar formation include areas of elevated skin and muscle tension, such as the upper back, sternum, earlobes, and the deltoid portion of the upper arm.
Scar Solutions at The Cosmetic Concierge
During your initial consultation at The Cosmetic Concierge, Dr. Hope Sherie will assess the severity of your scar in terms of size and depth. Based on her observations she will make treatment recommendations. There are numerous options to consider; some popular treatment methods include:
- Steroid Injections and Applications: Helps to reduce redness and flatten the scar. Steroids are utilized to break down the collagen within the skin. Both Keloid and Hypertrophic scars continue collagen formation after wound healing is complete. This treatment may reduce pain or itching commonly present with these scars.
- Vascular Laser: Improves scar discoloration by shrinking the blood vessels that feed the scar tissue.
- Silicone Gel Sheets: These are worn continuously to flatten scar tissue.
- Dermabrasion: Is used to smooth out the top layers of the skin and flatten the scar.
- Compression Therapy: Causes a thinning of the scar area, decreasing its appearance.
- Laser Skin Resurfacing: Reduces uneven scar tissue by removing the skin’s top layer and promoting the growth of new, smooth skin.
- Corticosteroids: Applied topically to shrink the appearance of the scar.
At The Cosmetic Concierge, we are passionate about helping you feel radiant in your own skin. Schedule a consultation appointment with us today. Dr. Sherie and her capable team will explain your treatment options in detail and walk you through every step with confidence, professionalism and the highest standard of care. Call 980-938-0459 to set your appointment, or use the Contact form on our website. We look forward to hearing from you.