Scar Removal Treatments

Scars are a nightmare to many! It is not just about the marks but more about the unwanted attention and thousands of questions that might come your way. If you are one of those who have a tough and visible scar on your body, especially on your face, neck or hand, you are bound to be getting questions from nosy strangers. They would definitely want to know the story behind your scar, leaving you traumatized and objectified. Though every scar on your body is also a resemblance of your inner strength, it is not always given the credit that it should be given. Individuals choose to hide their scars for various social and personal reasons. At Tamira, we acknowledge that every individual has the right to choose how they would like to see themselves. If an individual chooses to remove or diminish the extent of his/her scars, we vouch to provide them with the best of treatment options.

Let’s take a look at what causes scars. When your body has been through an injury, burns, trauma, illness, surgery, acne and other skin conditions; it heals the wounded region with the help of excessive production of melanin and collage fibers. This healing process of the skin leaves behind a pigmented and dark mark which is often referred to as a scar.

How are skin scars removed?

Skin scars can be removed by various types of treatments based on the nature of scars. Tough and deeper scars could be removed by invasive techniques such as a surgery. This type of treatment is common for scars that have been resulted due to burns, injury and diseases. At Tamira, we offer you treatments that are specific to the nature of the scars. Some of our treatments are put below for you to gather a better understanding.

Scars could be classified mainly into three types, namely:

  • Normal wound (fine-line scars) – these are wounds that are on the surface of the skin and would have occurred due to minor injuries. These type of scars usually require little to no treatment at all. It would fade always on its own with just a little application of over the counter topical medicines.
  • Keloid scars – these are scars that appear raised from the surface of the skin. It usually is a result of excessive tissue growth on the scars from surgeries, injury, burns, diseases and in some cases even tattoos. Treatments for keloid scars would include laser treatments and surgical removal of scars.
  • Hypertrophic scars – these are scars which are mildly raised from the surface of the skin due to the excessive collagen fibers that were produced during the healing process. Treatment for this type of scarring would include topical medication, laser treatments and surgical removal.
  • Atrophic scars – these are scars that have healed unevenly below the outer layer of the skin. This type of scarring is most common as a result of acne, chicken pox or small pox. Treatment would include chemical peels, fillers and punch excision.
  • Skin contracture – these are scars which usually a result of burns. A second or third degree burn would result in deeper damage which would lead of restricted muscle movement. Immediate medical help must be sought to minimize the injury and scarring. Treatments include oral medication, laser treatment, topical treatments and surgical scar corrections.

Do skin treatments leave behind a scar?

Most often, patients have questions regarding certain skin treatments leaving behind a scar. Certain surgical treatments could leave behind a scar that is extremely minimal and one which would go away with time. A proper post procedural care is required post skincare treatments to make sure that there is very less scarring and a faster recovery.

Procedures like a skin tag removal treatment do not leave behind a scar or mark. Certain procedures like a body lift, face lift or neck lift surgery, arm skin removal surgery and others could give very minimal scarring.

What does a laser treatment do for skin scar removal?

A laser treatment is a non-surgical procedure that aims at reducing pigmented and scarred appearance with the help of high heat or light energy. These light waves penetrate deep into the skin peeling of layer by layer of the pigmented areas, along with stimulation of production of natural collagen and elastin. Laser treatments do cause minimal discomfort such as redness, swelling and burning sensation which is controlled with medication such as a topical cream. Laser treatment does not cause any scarring and leaves the patient with a smooth and clear skin.

What are the outcomes of having a laser skin scar removal procedure?

Laser skin scar removal treatment is the better option since its non-invasive, safe and effective. The benefits include.

  • More youthful, clear and scar-free skin
  • Increased smoothness
  • Stimulation of the production of natural collagen and elastin
  • Easy recovery
  • No downtime
  • Quick procedures that take less than 2 hours
  • Minimal risks and after/side effects
  • Good results and rejuvenation of the skin

What are skin scar removal products?

There are many products available as over-the-counter medicines which include scar removal creams, gels, oils, scar sheets and formulae. There are also oral supplements such as calcium, copper, zinc, iron and vitamin supplements that aim at reducing scars. It is advisable to seek help from a dermatologist before trying out any topical treatment since there is always a risk of infection and other complications.

What are the post procedural care involved with scar removal treatments?

Though skin scar removal treatments are safe, one could experience minor after effects for a short duration. This would include redness, swelling, burning sensation, change in color and others.

One must strictly follow the post-procedural care that the cosmetologist would suggest. Post skin scar removal, one must

  • Apply the prescribed ointment
  • Take medications or ice-pack care as suggested by the doctor
  • Avoid direct exposure to sunlight at least for a week
  • Use a sunscreen lotion with SPF above 30
  • Take antibiotics and other medications if prescribed
  • Keep the site of stitch clean, if the procedure involved a surgery
  • Visit the doctor for stitch removal in time
  • Inform the doctor immediately if there is fever, chills or bleeding from the site of the procedure
  • Have a wholesome fruit rich diet
  • Drink a lot of water
  • Continue mild and regular exercises

What is the cost of a skin scar removal treatment in India?

Scar removal treatment cost vary based on the type of treatment that the patient opts for. Most topical medicines are available in about INR 500, while in-clinic treatments start at a price of INR 2,500. More invasive procedures that also require a hospital stay would cost above INR 1.50,000. The cost would also vary depending on the city you undergo the treatment in.  

What is the best skin scar removal treatment?

There is no one procedure that works well for all. Patients must consult a qualified cosmetologist who could suggest the right treatment based on the skin condition, patient’s need, age and health.

Individuals with deeper wounds would have to go through a couple of sessions of laser treatments and surgical procedures. Based on the nature and depth of the wound and scarring, a dermatologist would best advice on the treatment plan, recovery time and results.

Who should consider skin scar removal treatments?

Both men and women of any skin type with concerns such as deep or shallow scars could consider skin scar removal treatments. The best results are shown when some of these procedures are considered immediately post injury, like in the case of a skin contracture. Anybody who is suffering due to the scar on various fronts, such as personal and social, must consider seeking the help of a cosmetologist. However, the results of the treatment could slightly be different from one person to another and is dependent on the severity of scarring such as the depth and area of the scar. For a long term permanent result, patients might have to resort to surgical skin scar removal procedures.

Pregnant women and individuals with health disorders such as high blood pressure, heart diseases and other serious conditions must stay away from skin scar removal treatments, if it need not be a necessary procedure. At times, these procedures do not give the desired results on individuals depending on the scar and a couple of sessions or surgeries might be needed.

What makes the skin scar removal treatment at Tamira stay ahead of the rest?

At Tamira, we offer you with end to end assistance in your treatment which would begin with your consultation with highly qualified cosmetologists, selection of the right procedure, treatment plans and post procedural care. We respect every individual’s choice of having cosmetic/aesthetic related procedures and stand by our value of being honest and committed in our care.

Our skin scar removal treatments aim at addressing your skin related issues such as scars due to burns, injury, trauma, surgery, acne and other illnesses.  Our experts offer the right treatment post an in-depth inspection of the scar and its severity. We adhere to the safest treatment protocol which involves assessing your skin’s reaction to lasers and supplements before getting into the complete procedure. After completion of every procedure we also put the individual through a home care skin care routine and treatment. We advise all our patients to consult a qualified cosmetologist or a plastic surgeon specialized in aesthetic treatments to choose the right option for you.

At Tamira, we offer an array of treatments to treat the different types of scars.

Burn scars

Burn scars are generally caused due to cooking injury, acid attacks or fire accidents and have varying degrees of burns. They appear as discoloured, flat or mildly bumpy with shiny-smooth skin containing no hair follicles or sweat glands. The treatment options differ depending on the severity of the burn.
Range of treatments offered:

Topical treatment:

This is the most common treatment and maintenance method for scars. Depending on the severity of the condition the topical cream may include a majority of steroids along with a combination of vitamins, acids (AHA/BHA), moisturizing oils and humectants. Topical creams have to be used with consistency as prescribed by a physician to show its true result over-time. This treatment is prescribed for all degrees of burn scars but is solely effective for first-degree burn scars.

Oral medication:

Oral medication helps the process from within. They are usually comprised of a combination of steroids and vitamins. These medicines are prescribed long-term and it may take a while to show visible effects. Oral medication can also aid in improving skin/hair texture and reduce pigmentation. This treatment is effective only if it is consistently followed as prescribed by the medical professional. This treatment is generally prescribed for first or second-degree burn scar victims.

Laser treatment:

This is a non-surgical procedure that uses the technique of lasers or intense pulsing lasers. Laser treatment works by heating the skin along with the option to penetrate deeper into the dermal layers and de-pigmenting the skin from within. The heat stimulates the production of collagen along with resurfacing the epidermis. Laser technology emits stronger rays and may require a topical gel to minimize discomfort. IPL treatment results in clearer, even-toned, tighter, smoother skin which enhances a youthful appearance. This treatment is effective on first to moderate third-degree burn scars.

The treatment may cause some irritation, redness, tenderness and bruising which usually disappear within a week. There is no downtime involved. Avoiding sun exposure is advisable and using sun protection of 30+ SPF is recommended. No makeup is to be worn prior-treatment or post-treatment.

Surgical treatment:

Surgical scar correction is performed using different excision techniques to reduce scar tissue while simultaneously inducing repair and the production of collagen. This treatment diminishes scars noticeably and results in clearer, smoother skin. this procedure may cause redness, irritation, scarring (keloids), tenderness and bruising. Avoiding sun exposure is advisable and using sun protection of 30+ SPF is recommended. No makeup is to be worn prior-treatment or post-treatment. There may be downtime depending on the surface area of the procedure. This treatment option is very effective for any degree of burns and is the only treatment option for severe third-degree and fourth-degree burn scars. Scars are not 100% reversible*.

Hypertrophic scars

Hypertrophic scars can be caused due to injury, trauma, burns, disease or acne. They present as mildly raised pigmented scars due to the increased deposit of collaged during the process of wound repair. Treatment options depend on the size and severity of the scar.
Range of treatments offered are:

Medication:

Medication prescribed to treat hypertrophic scars usually comprise of steroids. They can be administered either via a topical gel/cream, oral medication or a combination of both.
Topical cream/gel is the most common treatment and maintenance method for scars. Depending on the severity of the condition the topical cream may include a majority of steroids along with a combination of vitamins, acids (AHA/BHA), moisturizing oils and humectants. Topical creams have to be used with consistency as prescribed by a physician to show its true result over-time.
Oral medication helps the process from within. They are usually comprised of a combination of steroids and vitamins. These medicines are prescribed long-term and it may take a while to show visible effects. Oral medication can also aid in improving skin/hair texture and reduce pigmentation. This treatment is effective only if it is consistently followed as prescribed by the medical professional.

Laser treatment:

This is a non-surgical procedure that uses the technique of lasers or intense pulsing lasers. Laser treatment works by heating the skin along with the option to penetrate deeper into the dermal layers and de-pigmenting the skin from within. The heat stimulates the production of collagen along with resurfacing the epidermis. Laser technology emits stronger rays and may require a topical gel to minimize discomfort. IPL treatment results in clearer, even-toned, tighter, smoother skin which enhances a youthful appearance.

The treatment may cause some irritation, redness, tenderness and bruising which usually disappear within a week. There is no downtime involved. Avoiding sun exposure is advisable and using sun protection of 30+ SPF is recommended. No makeup is to be worn prior-treatment or post-treatment.

Surgical removal:

Surgical scar correction is performed using different excision techniques to reduce scar tissue while simultaneously inducing repair and the production of collagen. This treatment diminishes scars noticeably and results in clearer, smoother skin. this procedure may cause redness, irritation, scarring (keloids), tenderness and bruising. Avoiding sun exposure is advisable and using sun protection of 30+ SPF is recommended. No makeup is to be worn prior-treatment or post-treatment. There may be downtime depending on the surface area of the procedure. Scars are not 100% reversible*.

Keloid scars

Keloids are a cutaneous condition wherein, scars are severely raised that have been caused due to injury, trauma, disease, burns, acne, surgery or in severe cases even tattoos. These scars are formed due to excess amounts of the protein collagen found in the scar tissue. Keloid scars are very common with deeper skin trauma like surgical scarring. Keloids are a characteristic pigmented scar that is significantly raised from the surface of the skin. Keloid scars in particular have to be treated with care as the treatment can cause further scarring.

Treatment options are:

Laser treatment:

This is a non-surgical procedure that uses the technique of lasers or intense pulsing lasers. Laser treatment works by heating the skin along with the option to penetrate deeper into the dermal layers and de-pigmenting the skin from within. The heat stimulates the production of collagen along with resurfacing the epidermis. Laser technology emits stronger rays and may require a topical gel to minimize discomfort. IPL treatment results in clearer, even-toned, tighter, smoother skin which enhances a youthful appearance.
The treatment may cause some irritation, redness, tenderness and bruising which usually disappear within a week. There is no downtime involved. Avoiding sun exposure is advisable and using sun protection of 30+ SPF is recommended. No makeup is to be worn prior-treatment or post-treatment.

Surgical removal:

Surgical scar correction is performed using different excision techniques to reduce scar tissue while simultaneously inducing repair and the production of collagen. This treatment diminishes scars noticeably and results in clearer, smoother skin. this procedure may cause redness, irritation, scarring (keloids), tenderness and bruising. Avoiding sun exposure is advisable and using sun protection of 30+ SPF is recommended. No makeup is to be worn prior-treatment or post-treatment. There may be downtime depending on the surface area of the procedure. Scars are not 100% reversible*.

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