Scarring is a natural response to trauma. When our skin is damaged, our body’s cells scramble to patch up the wounds. Unfortunately, these patches aren’t always pretty – that’s where scar revision comes in. At McLean & Potomac Dermatology, we can reduce the appearance of scars and give you the smooth skin you deserve. These procedures are done using a variety of methods, some of which are completely non-invasive. Schedule your appointment today to learn more about our options.
What Causes Scars?
Scarring occurs as a natural response to physical injury. Injuries can include anything from an acne flare-up to a serious surgical procedure or accident. When your body is injured, collagen is produced and rushes to the scene. Unfortunately, excess collagen often causes uneven healing and discolored, bumpy scar formation.
What Are Scar Revision Options?
We offer several options for scar revision depending on the type of scar.
- Depressed Scars – Depressed scars, such as acne scars, can be treated with microneedling or subscision. These treatments are recommended to stimulate collagen regrowth.
- Raised Scars – Raised scars can be treated with microneedling or fractional laser resurfacing.
- Pink Scars – Pink scars can be treated with IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments.
- Brown Scars – These hyperpigmented scars can be treated with skin-lightening creams, pads, or chemical peels.
Is Scar Revision Dangerous?
Most scar revision procedures can be done using lasers, microneedling, or even chemical peels. These treatments are non-surgical and typically don’t require any downtime. While some mild side effects can be expected after certain treatments, the treatments themselves are not dangerous. In most cases, you should be able to return to the rest of your day right after your visit.
Schedule Scar Revision in McLean, VA, or Potomac, MD
If you have scarring due to acne, injury, or surgery, we can help. We offer several treatment options to minimize the appearance of scars and help you get the look you deserve. To get started, contact our team at McLean & Potomac Dermatology today and schedule a consultation.
You can reach us by messaging us on this site or by calling us at (703) 356-5111.