Scars can appear on the body for numerous reasons. Accidents and injury may leave their mark on the skin for years to come. You may appreciate the life-saving or cosmetic benefits of a surgical procedure, yet find the resulting scars distressing and uncomfortable. The embarrassment of acne can also last long after your condition has cleared up, due to the constant reminder of marks on the face, neck and body.
Why Do Scars Occur?
If your skin experiences trauma from cuts, burning or any kind of open wound, the body will immediately seek to repair itself. You will produce new skin cells to restore the area, and fibroblasts to seal the injury from contact with the elements. This is how your body reduces the risk of infections and further injury.
If fibroblasts replicate quickly, it will prevent the growth of dermis or epidermis on the injury site, resulting in scarring. Elevated fibroblast tissue is known as a hypertrophic scar or keloid. Hypertrophic scars stay within the boundaries of the original injury, while keloids grow excessively and abnormally, and may worsen over time.
Reducing the Appearance of Visible Scars
Scar tissue can range in color from pale white through to pink or red. If scars appear on a prominent area, such as the face, this can be extremely detrimental to your confidence and self-esteem. Scarring elsewhere on the body might preclude you from engaging in enjoyable activities like swimming or sunbathing. You might feel self-conscious about your scars, or fear being asked to recall their origin, as these memories cause you distress.
Kenalog scar treatment presents a non-surgical option to reduce the appearance of scar tissue. The active ingredient triamcinolone is injected into the area. This medication causes elevated scars to flatten out and blend in with the natural skin. Dark scars may lighten and appear closer to your skin tone.
At New You Plastic Surgery, we are ready to consult with you about the number of treatments you may require to reduce the impact of scars. Contact our surgical practice in New York today.
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