Scars can be caused by trauma (cuts, scrapes, burns, blades) or by disease ie acne, chicken pox, molluscum etc.
You can treat scars by the twice-daily application of medical-grade silicone gel, such as the popular “Kelo-Cote”.
Dr Brad can treat scars in a variety of ways.
Many scars, especially those which are “stuck down” or “depressed” can benefit from “subcision”. This is performed by numbing the area with injections of local anaesthetic before introducing a special kind of bladed needle directly underneath the scar to release the tethered skin tissue from underlying tissues. This treatment usually only needs to be done once but can be repeated if necessary and can be used before or alongside other treatments for enhanced results.
For major scarring affecting a limited area/areas, Dr Brad recommends the SmartXide laser if the patient can tolerate a few days of downtime.
For moderate scarring affecting a limited area/areas, Dr Brad recommends the Emerge laser if the patient can not tolerate a few days of downtime.
For more generalised mild-moderate scarring affecting a larger area or for typical scarring arising from acne or chicken pox, for example, Dr Brad recommends a modified Quest laser protocol. There is little/no downtime associated with this treatment.
Dr Brad can also use local injections to improve the appearance of scars using a variety of dermal fillers or even Platelet Rich Plasma, all of which can be used alongside laser treatments.
For a more low-tech approach, Dr Brad says that a course of simple Dermaroller microneedling can also deliver good results in correctly selected cases.
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