Scar, hypertrophic scar & keloids

Scarring is natural process to healing and is an unavoidable part of life. Scars are the result of damage to the deep, thick layer of skin called the dermis.  All wounds have some kind of scarring except very minor injuries, they result from accidents, diseases, surgeries, skin conditions such as acne.

There are two abnormal types of scars, hypertrophic and keloidal. Hypertrophic scars are caused by injury and follow the injury line. Keloids are large bumps and ridges from the spreading of the scarring to the surrounding tissue, most likely to appear on the chest, back, shoulders and the earlobes.  People don’t realize that scars can be treated and minimized.

 How to treat wounds/scars?

  • Topical treatments: Keeping a wound moist (with a petroleum-based product such as Aquaphor or vaseline) and covered will help it heal and minimize scarring as it heals.
  • Surgery: Can be used to alter the shape or make it less noticeable, but the risk of recurring scars is high.
  • Steroid injections: Steroid injections may flatten a scar or soften the appearance.
  • Laser treatments: Our Pulsed Dye Laser targets the blood vessels in the scar making it less visible.  We also have an Icon Intense Pulsed Light device that helps flatten the scar and make it less visible.

Call us at 208-522-SKIN (7546) or visit us at 2085 Providence way in Idaho Falls.

Early treatment of scars is vital. 

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