Scars Don't Have to Last Forever
Scars develop when an injury extends into the dermis, the layer below the skin's surface, and collagen fibers form over the area, resulting in a smoother and often raised and discolored area of the skin. While scars are a sign that the body's immune system has done its job, they can be distracting, even disfiguring, if they are immediately visible to other people. Many patients come to Boulevard Dermatology in Northeast Philadelphia looking for scar treatment, and Dr. Deirdre Wood is happy to discuss their options with them. Here is some information about scar treatment, available from your Northeast Philadelphia dermatologist.
Microdermabrasion and chemical peels
For superficial scars and discoloration, like those left behind from acne or chicken pox breakouts, microdermabrasion or a chemical peel may offer appropriate results. These facial treatments, offered by your Northeast Philadelphia dermatologist, exfoliate and slough off the top layer of skin, resulting in rejuvenated and healthier-looking skin. Whether you need a microdermabrasion or chemical peel will depend on your skin type and the type of scarring you have. While it may not always be possible to remove a scar, treatment can reduce its appearance.
For more significant scarring, laser treatments from your Northeast Philadelphia dermatologist can bring significant change to the appearance of the scar. A high-energy laser, which is emitted from a hand-held electronic tool, is focused on the scar. The laser triggers new skin growth both on and below the surface of the skin, which lessens the scar's color and depth. These treatments, which should only be administered by licensed medical professionals, are performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the type of laser used.
If you're in Northeast Philadelphia and have a scar that you'd like to eliminate, we'd love to hear from you! Contact Boulevard Dermatology to make a consultation appointment today!