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Scar removal is a specialized procedure to improve the appearance of a scar. If a scar is raised, scar removal works to reduce the scar's appearance and size so that the area looks more like normal tissue. While it may seem counterintuitive, scar removal is a surgical procedure. The scarred tissue will be removed and the new “wound” will be given a clean border. This is important as Dr. Schultz then carefully closes the wound so that the body can heal the area with minimal scarring. Dr. Schultz will discuss other possible options for removing your scar. In some cases, dermabrasion is used to remove the scar's upper layers so that new skin can grow. This will smooth out the uneven texture from a scar without removing it.

Removing a scar completely may not be an option for certain individuals. That doesn’t mean that they have to live with an unwanted scar. Conservative treatments, like massage or topical ointments, can help repair scar tissue and reduce its appearance. However, some people are not candidates for surgical removal and would not benefit from conservative treatments. These cases are exactly why Dr. Schultz has the most advanced equipment at Park Avenue Fertility, since laser therapy is another option for scar repair. Using specialized lasers that are designed to be safe for use on the skin, Dr. Schultz can stimulate new collagen growth within the scar. This will soften and reduce the appearance of scar tissue for an aesthetically pleasing result. During your appointment, Dr. Schultz will discuss which laser treatment would give you the best results.

Scars are the body’s natural response to a wound or injury that has broken the skin. Depending on the injury's depth, whether it was treated by a doctor, how it healed, and your skin type, scars can range in size, shape, color, and texture. The most common types of scars are:

  • Acne Scars: one of the most common types of scars, acne scars develop when inflammation from a clogged pore causes a break in the follicle. This is considered a deeper injury to the skin, and scars can develop as a result. Icepick scars are small scars in the skin that look like holes. Boxscar acne scars are typically rounded and are depressed into the skin.
  • Keloid Scars: large, raised scars that develop when the body creates too much scar tissue when healing a wound. Surgery, injections, and silicone sheets can be used to reduce the appearance of keloid scars. However, removal of a keloid may cause another to develop as the body continues to heal wounds over aggressively. If you have a keloid, Dr. Schultz will discuss your options for reducing or removing it. This type of scar is also most common on people with darker skin tones.
  • Hypertrophic Scars: red, raised scars that are contained to the area of injury. Unlike keloid scars, hypertrophic scars do not continue to grow beyond the borders of the injury. Steroid injections and silicone sheets are both options to flatten and reduce the appearance of the scar.
  • Contracture Scars: scars that tighten the skin and can affect movement. In most cases, contracture scars are caused by burns, and this type of scar can unfortunately go into the deeper layers of the skin and beyond so that it affects muscles and nerves in the injured areas.

Depending on the type of scar you have, Dr. Schulz will discuss the removal or repair options that you have. This type of procedure aims to minimize the appearance of the scar while taking care to not create additional scar tissue as a result. When a wound is not closed properly, more noticeable scars tend to develop as the body is working to heal a wound with ragged edges. Removing a scar surgically means that Dr. Schultz is creating clean edges and closing the wound with precision to create the smallest scar possible. Other treatment options include focusing on flattening and softening the scar. Promoting a more even skin tone is also a goal of scar removal and repair as many patients voice frustration with their dark or red scars.

When you work with a highly-esteemed dermatologist like Dr. Schultz in the Upper East Side, you will be informed about the condition of your scar, the types of treatments available to you, and the type of results you can expect. While it may not always be possible to erase a scar from your body completely, Dr. Schultz will use the best techniques and technology to get you closer to that goal. After a careful examination of your scar and the surrounding area, Dr. Schultz will discuss whether or not in-office surgical removal, laser treatments, or conservative treatments would work best for you.

During your appointment for scar removal and repair, Dr. Schultz will closely examine your skin. Understanding the cause of your scar and seeing how your body repaired the injury will help Dr. Schultz determine which removal or repair option is the most appropriate. You will be fully informed and receive numbing medication if necessary to keep your comfortable throughout the scar removal process. Patients of Dr. Schultz will be able to have their scar treated in the privacy and comfort of Park Avenue Skin Care’s office.

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