Very few people go through life without incurring the injuries and illnesses that can cause permanent scarring, but many people find their scars embarrassing and something they would rather live without. Alex Alperovich, MD, FACC, FSCAI, and his team at Pure Aesthetics Medica in Jackson, Tennessee, offer innovative treatments that effectively reduce scarring using the Accent Prime™ aesthetic platform. To get rid of your scars, call the clinic today or book an appointment online.
Scars Q & A
Why do scars form on my skin?
Scarring takes place when your skin sustains damage following an injury or when you have an illness that affects the skin, such as chickenpox. Scars form as a result of your body’s natural healing processes, and can vary greatly in size and formation depending on:
- The type of injury
- The depth of the wound
- The location of the injury
- Your age
- Your gender
- Your ethnicity
Your genetic makeup also influences the way your body forms scars.
Are there different types of scars?
Scarring forms in a number of different ways according to the cause of the scar and the subsequent healing process.
Keloid scars are large, protruding areas of tissue that form when your body overreacts in its healing response, producing more scar tissue than required and encroaching on uninjured tissue. You’re more likely to have a keloid scar if you have dark skin.
Hypertrophic scars are also raised like keloid scars but don’t extend beyond the bounds of the original injury. They often form following surgical procedures such as c-sections.
Contracture scars form following burn injuries and cause the skin to tighten in the affected area. They can restrict movement and may be tender to touch.
Acne scars form if you suffer from severe acne, and can leave deep or shallow pits and a roughened texture to the skin’s surface. You can be left with a scar from a single spot if it’s severe, and scarring from conditions that affect the skin are usually similar to acne scarring.
What can I do if I have scarring?
Minor scars shouldn’t trouble you, and most people have at least a few scars somewhere. If the skin is dry or thinner where there’s a scar, or it is overly itchy or sensitive, over-the-counter creams can ease these symptoms, or your doctor may prescribe steroids or oral antihistamines.
Large protruding scars such as keloid scars may require surgery to remove the excess tissue, and skin grafts might be necessary to ease the stretching where contracture scarring forms.
If your scars aren’t causing physical problems but you’re affected by their appearance, Dr. Alperovich’s team can reduce the scarring using state-of-the-art Accent Prime radiofrequency technology.
A painless, noninvasive treatment method, the radiofrequency waves remove the scarred layer of skin and promote the generation of new, unblemished tissue. Treatment with Accent Prime is particularly suitable for acne-type scarring and surgical scars.
To find out more about Accent Prime and how the team at Pure Aesthetics Medica can reduce the appearance of your scars, call today or book using the online tool.