Are your scars causing you discomfort? Did you know they can be treated? Thankfully, New You Plastic Surgery in NYC, NY, offers a ground-breaking solution in scar treatment that uses Kenalog® injections to significantly improve raised scars, including surgical scars, injury scars, hypertrophic scars and keloids.
Understanding Scar Tissue
Scars are a part of your body’s natural healing process and form whenever the skin is damaged and needs repair. Your body forms new collagen fibers to repair the damage, resulting in scars. However, in some cases, fibroblasts produce too much collagen during the healing process, leading to raised scars.
While most scars are flat, hypertrophic scars are raised above the skin and have the same shape as the original injury. Keloids are different, albeit also raised. The scar tissue grows outside the actual wound area instead. Keloids are often hard patches of scar tissue that most commonly appear on the shoulders, upper chest and upper back.
Hypertrophic scars, the most common type of scar tissue, are caused by injury and irritation of the skin’s lower layers. These injuries can range from minor sources, such as acne, insect bites, vaccinations, tattoos and skin piercings, to more severe wounds, like cuts, burns and surgery. Raised scars are more noticeable and may appear several months or years after an injury or infection.
What Kenalog Injections Do
The good news is, both types of scars can be treated with Kenalog Scar Treatment (triamcinolone acetonide), a specially formulated anti-inflammatory injection that reduces inflammation of raised scars. The medication causes the scar to shrink and flatten and, in some cases, even lightens darker scar tissue.
Kenalog injections are a popular non-surgical option and often the first-line option for treating these scars. The treatment may significantly improve raised scars, reducing their size, swelling, itching, redness and tenderness.
Kenalog Scar Treatment
Kenalog injections for scar treatment are generally given in a series, usually several weeks apart, depending on the patient and the size and type of the scar. The total number of injections required will be determined on a case-by-case basis by your treatment provider.
You will notice improvements of the scar several weeks or longer after the first injection, although some results might be seen within a few days. The speed at which results are realized will differ from patient to patient depending on the scar. In addition, newer raised scars tend to be more receptive than older scars.
What to Expect After Kenalog Injections
After Kenalog injections, patients may experience redness at the injection site. However, there is no downtime following treatment, meaning you can return to your daily routine as soon as you feel comfortable.
If you form new scars in the future, there are some tips to help minimize their appearance. For example, scar tissue is most sensitive in the initial weeks and months after an injury; therefore, using sunblock when outside is vital to avoid discoloration.
Are You a Good Candidate for Kenalog Injections?
If you have hypertrophic or keloid scars that make you unhappy with your appearance or uncomfortable, then you are a perfect candidate for Kenalog injections. However, individuals who have an allergy to corticosteroids should not receive this treatment.
Contact us at New You Plastic Surgery in NYC for a consultation about your scars and possible treatment options.
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