Diminishing Scars: Baton Rouge Treatment Options

To some they signify strength, challenges survived and hurdles surpassed.  But for the patient who must wear a scar daily, they may feel nothing more than an unsightly embarrassment, one that they wish they could remove, cover, or at least make less noticeable.  Whether from surgery, an accident, or skin conditions such as acne, scarring does not always have to be a source of self-consciousness.  In many cases, there are solutions available that may reduce or even eliminate the appearance of scarring. 

A board-certified dermatologist is always the best source to guide you through scar-reducing options such as lasers or topical treatments.  Following are some of the most effective therapies for scar treatment offered by Dermasurgery Center.

BioCorneum+ Silicone Gel – If a topical treatment is going to be used to visibly improve the appearance of a new scar, this is our go-to.  Not only is Biocorneum+ FDA approved, it is the only 100% silicone gel that offers a SPF UV protection of 30.  Its one-of-a-kind formula has been shown to soften and flatten new scars, improve redness and discoloration, and relieve itching.

1540 Fractional Laser – Shallow scarring such as that left by acne may respond well to fractional laser treatment.  By delivering microbeams of the laser, the 1540 fractional is able to pinpoint small areas of concern without affecting the surrounding tissue.  This means that practitioners can work to soften and smooth each individual scar over a series of treatments.

CO2 Laser – CO2 lasers are superior treatment options for a number of aesthetic concerns, including scarring due to acne, surgery, or trauma.  They work by both removing the damaged outermost layers of skin but also penetrating deeply to stimulate new collagen production.  The number of treatments required for the most desirable result will vary and can be determined by your board-certified dermatologist. 

Pulsed Dye Laser – Scars due to trauma or surgery are often bothersome for patients as they can be quite noticeable due to size, color, texture, and raised surface.  These are all attributes that may be permanently improved with a series of pulsed dye laser treatments, which are similarly suited for birthmarks and other vascular lesions.

IPL – If discoloration is the only concern, IPL may be an option to treat smaller scars such as those from acne.  These treatments can improve appearance by normalizing color and helping scars blend.  However, it will not be able to improve texture or indentation.

Dermabrasion – Dermabrasion is suitable for treatment of acne scars or pox marks.  Outer, damaged layers of skin are sloughed away, leaving smoother, more even skin in its place.  This treatment option is best used on light skin tones as discoloration may occur in darker skin.

Chemical Peels – Combination Jessner / trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels are among the strongest chemical peel options available and may help the appearance of small scars.  Their ability to penetrate the skin deeply means a host of aesthetic benefits, but patients should also be prepared for a slightly longer healing time.

If scarring is a troublesome issue for you, take comfort in knowing that there are a wealth of treatment options available.  Whether from acne, surgery, or injury, there is likely an option from a board-certified dermatologist that can improve appearance in color, depth, and texture of your scar.  To learn more about which option may be best for you, contact the Baton Rouge or Lafayette office of Dermasurgery Center by clicking here.