Scars happen after injuries, surgeries, or damage from inflammation. Any time your skin is damaged, you run the risk of having a lasting scar.
The way that scars develop is certainly remarkable. Your skin has the ability to self-heal and replace the missing cells. Whether a scar is raised or indented, it’s evidence of your skin’s natural regenerative abilities. Still, the process isn’t quite perfect as it can either over- or underproduce the fibrous tissue used for healing.
Whether you have acne scars, scars from injuries, or surgical scars, board-certified surgeon John P. Freeman, MD, DDS, FACS, can recommend and perform various scar treatments in his Katy, Texas, office. At his self-titled practice, he specializes in surgical and nonsurgical treatments for scars that can smooth your skin’s texture for good.
If you’re looking to get rid of your scars or at least make them less noticeable, there are plenty of options to consider.
You can improve most of the smaller scars on your body, including acne scars, without undergoing surgery. Dr. Freeman specializes in several customizable treatments to minimize the texture irregularities resulting from an inflamed acne breakout, a cut, or a wound. If your skin is textured because of scarring, he helps you consider your options after a brief exam:
Exfoliative procedures work by removing the surface layer of layers of your skin, which eliminates excessive tissue while also stimulating cell turnover for healthy new cells on the surface. Procedures like dermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser skin resurfacing can smooth your skin and minimize the bumps and divots resulting from scars.
The professional exfoliative treatments you can get from Dr. Freeman offer far more substantial than exfoliative products at your local drugstore.
Microneedling treatments are a little different. Rather than removing cells from the surface of your skin, they stimulate continued healing by introducing tiny puncture injuries to your skin. This causes an increased production of collagen similar to your scar’s original healing process.
Dr. Freeman offers enhanced microneedling using platelet-rich fibrin (PRF), a growth factor that naturally exists in your body. PRF rejuvenates your skin and accelerates scar healing using cell-regenerating components from your blood.
Scar revision is a type of surgery that can make a scar less noticeable. Using a personalized technique after examining the scar in question, Dr. Freeman blends the scar into your surrounding skin. This is often necessary for larger surgical scars or scars from burns and major accidents.
After scar revision surgery, you might still have a small scar. However, this new scar should be substantially lighter, thinner, smaller, and less visible than before.
Though scar revision surgery requires anesthesia, the procedure has a high rate of patient satisfaction. Dr. Freeman is highly skilled and holds a board certification, making him fully qualified to perform these surgeries with excellent outcomes.
If your scars make you feel self-conscious, call John P. Freeman, MD, DDS, FACS, or schedule an appointment online to review your scar treatment options today.