Almost everyone ends up with a scar of some sort during their lifetime. Some are from surgeries and others from accidents. If they are fairly inconspicuous, it isn’t usually a problem for most people. However, facial scars are another thing altogether.
Even for scars that are visible when you are wearing warm weather clothes, such as on the arms, legs, or abdomen, they can make the individual feel self conscious. There are numerous types of scars and each individual person heals differently depending on age and skin type.
The following post covers the most common types of scars:
Scar Removal & Treatment: Johns Hopkins Facial Plastic Surgery in Baltimore, MD
Different scars require different treatments. A few common scars include:
– Burn scars. Severe burns that destroy large sections of skin cause the skin to heal in a puckered way. As the skin heals, muscles and tendons may be affected in this “contracting” movement.
– Keloid scars are a result of the skin’s overproduction of collagen after a wound has healed. These scars generally appear as growths in the scar site.
– Hypertrophic scars, unlike keloids, do not grow out of the boundaries of the scar area, but because of their thick, raised texture, can be unsightly and may also restrict the natural movement of muscles and tendons.
– Facial scars can be unattractive simply because of where they appear on the face, while others affect facial expressions.
There are creams and ointments that are supposed to help reduce the signs of scarring, but the results are less than satisfactory for most people. There is no perfect remedy, but there are a number of options available, such as:
- Surgical scar revision
- Soft tissue fillers
- Punch grafts
- Chemical peel
- Cortisone injections
Another popular alternative is laser scar revision. There are various methods, but they are most effective with surface conditions like skin issues caused sun damage or fine lines. Depending on the type of scarring, whether it is raised or recessed, laser ablation might not penetrate deep enough into the skin to show significant benefits.
The following video demonstrates a type of laser scar removal called CO2 fractional resurfacing that can penetrate four times deeper than the typical system:
I would say that the before and after images in the above video make it hard to see the effects, but it seems to normalize the skin around the scar tissue. The technique actually produces microscopic holes where skin cells have been removed, which are surrounded by healthy skin. These voids help break down old skin cells as well as promote collagen production.
The cost of these types of procedures can be several thousands of dollars. If it is considered cosmetic, it might not be covered by insurance. However, if the scar debilitates you in any way, it is possible it will be covered.
The following post discusses this aspect:
Does Insurance Coverage Apply to Scar Treatments?
If your scar physically impairs you in any way, you may be able to get coverage from your health insurer. Ask your doctor to write a letter detailing your particular case. Your doctor can also take photos to support your case.
If you are undergoing scar treatment for cosmetic purposes, you will most likely have to pay for it all yourself. If you have scars from cosmetic surgery, make sure you know what your insurer will cover. Health insurers usually don’t pay for any cosmetic surgery that isn’t medically necessary.
Read the full post here: Scar Treatments: Types of Scars and Their Treatments
As mentioned, your doctor will be able to help you with the process of making a decision concerning treatment options and projected expense. Getting a second opinion is always a good practice, as one physician may have connections to specialists that another might not be aware of.