Scars can be challenging to improve because there are so many different kinds of scars from different causes with different locations and different kinds of skin. Every scar should be considered unique and needs a customized approach. You do not have to put up with scars from acne, burns, bad surgery outcomes, or an injury anymore. Dr. Dohner at the New York Skin and Vein: now part of Schweiger Dermatology Group has the experience and all the tools at his disposal to smooth and improve scars.
The fresher and younger the scar, the easier it is to improve it. The hardest scars to treat are old and thickened but that does not mean they cannot be improved. Patience is the key to seeing the results you want. Here are some of the tools that Dr. D uses for scars:
The most useful of all products to smooth out scars is Tretinoin, commonly known as Retin A. This is a vitamin A derivative that stimulates and turns over the skin to help reshape and smooth scars. Daily applications of tretinoin for 4 to 6 weeks especially right after the scar occurs can take care of it without any other interventions. Tretinoin will make the area red, peeling and irritated which indicates that the medication is working. Other topical treatments include silicone sheeting and vitamin C creams.
Injections of certain medications like steroids and 5FU can soften and smooth out scars. This approach is usually the first line for older scars that are raised, hard, or thickened. The injections are well tolerated and usually show results after the first treatment session. It can take several injection sessions to see the final results.
This is an oldie but goodie treatment for depressed acne scars. These scars are called “saucers” due to their appearance and will smooth and flatten out when you stretch them. Subcision is a technique of breaking up the scar tissue that is pulling the scar down to allow it to flatten and smooth out. This is a simple procedure using local anesthesia and a special tool that only takes about 15 minutes. Usually, 3 to 4 sessions will be needed to see the final results of subcision for acne saucer scars.
These lasers treat scars by decreasing redness, decreasing scar volume, and improving scar texture. Vascular lasers work best when used early in the treatment of scars. Scars that are red or purple will respond to excel® V or Laser Genesis. The treatment is fast and painless and usually needs to be repeated 2 to 4 times to see the best results.
This is an ablative laser treatment which vaporizes and removes small amounts of tissue. This creates improved scar texture, firmness, and smoothness. It is useful for acne scars that are so-called “boxcars” as well as for burn scars. Ablative fractional lasers are better in treating scars than non-ablative lasers.
Chemical peels can smooth scars, especially large pores and acne scars. The composition and number of peels required are dependent on the severity of the problem.
Microneedling is a relatively new treatment option that is less invasive than some other treatment options. It is just starting to be studied so the jury is still out as to its effectiveness. A series of 3 to 5 sessions combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can result in a 50-70% in some scars.
Bellafill® long term filler is FDA approved to smooth out saucer acne scars by filling them in to lift the depressed part of the scar. Bellafill® is composed of collagen and PMMA microscopic beads to continually stimulate collagen. This gives it a long term improvement by several years. Other hyaluronic acid fillers can be used as well however do not have the long-term benefit that Bellafill® does.
The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with one of our highly trained providers at New York Skin & Vein Center located in Oneonta, NY, serving the surrounding New York areas with additional offices in Norwich, Binghamton, Cobleskill and Oneonta.
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If you have any kind of scar that you want to improve the appearance of, you may be a candidate for scar treatment. Dr. Dohner and his team of experts will work with you to determine which treatment option is best for you.
Exact results will vary depending on several factors, including the size of the scar, age of the scar, which treatment you receive, and how many treatments you receive. Most of our scar procedures require multiple treatments to achieve optimal results.
Since none of our scar treatments require surgical intervention, you can expect little to no downtime following your procedure. Dr. Dohner and his team will give you detailed instructions on any aftercare that may be necessary following your treatment.
Dr. Dohner’s and his team are made up of motivated, well-trained individuals who are only happy with our work when you are 100% happy with your results… and we love our work! See some amazing results from our patients in our before & after gallery.
*Individual Results May Vary
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