At SkinCare Physicians, our dermatologists are internationally recognized as leaders in the management of scars. Because each patient is unique, a special set of skills is required to properly evaluate and manage patients with scars. In some cases, several physicians with varied areas of expertise are consulted for optimal outcomes. One of the advantages of coming to SkinCare Physicians is that our physicians have a wide range of expertise and work together, often on the same day, to provide patients with the most complete care available. We offer the most recent and innovative techniques and equipment, including advanced laser technology, needed to provide scar revision and removal for patients in greater Boston.
To learn more about your options for improving the appearance of a scar, request a consultation online or call our office at (617) 731-1600 to schedule an appointment.
Old and new scars of all types can often improve with treatment. Many patients require a combination approach. Some scars may not respond to treatment, and our staff will take the time to explain to you the possible risks and benefits, as well as the likelihood of success. Treatment options include:
- Medical treatments include surgical revision and excision, and intralesional or topical therapy.
- Laser resurfacing is one of the most effective treatments for scars. With this procedure, thin layers of skin are removed, layer by layer, until the scar fades or disappears. At the same time the skin tightens to further smooth out the scar. In most cases, any necessary surgical treatment of scars is completed prior to laser resurfacing. The laser treatment is scheduled 3 to 12 weeks after the last surgical treatment to give the skin time to heal and remodel.
- Vascular lasers can be very useful for pink or red scars. These lasers work by targeting persistent redness and allow scar color to blend more naturally with surrounding normal skin. This intervention may require several treatment sessions.
- Microdermabrasion gently removes the thickened, uppermost layer of the scar. This treatment is well suited for softening shallow surface scars such as those caused by acne and chicken pox.
- Microneedling is an effective resurfacing procedure with minimal downtime that is especially useful for superficial small scars. The treatment creates microscopic holes in the skin, stimulating collagen and elastin production, and produces long lasting results.