Everyone has scars, unfortunately. We have them from accidents, cuts and scrapes, surgeries, burns, etc. There are good scars, which are nearly invisible (ones that are perfectly flat, minimal in size, and close to your normal skin color and texture) and bad scars (ones that are raised or sunken, darker, lighter or more red-pink than your skin color, or stretched open wide). Keloids are especially bad scars that tend to be very thick, puffy and larger than the original wound. Dr. Steele Johnson understands that scars can often draw unwanted attention and detract from one’s appearance. At Steele Dermatology, we have developed unique treatment options to dramatically improve the look of your scars, with the goal to make them practically invisible.
Dr. Steele Johnson has been successful in treating some of the most challenging scars, i.e. those that have been previously treated without success, on areas of the body with lots of tension, or that have come back after previous treatment. No scar is too difficult—it can always be better, and usually it can be awesome! Making scars go away can require some persistence and patience, however patients are pleased with the end results that they otherwise would have been unable to achieve. Given the specific characteristics of your scar and your history, we will develop a comprehensive plan to make sure your scar is managed with the most advanced treatment options that just aren’t available with all doctors. Dr. Steele Johnson operates with the goal of making people notice you, not your scar with long-term results and happy patients.
What Type of Scar Do YOU Have?
The word scar is used a lot, but there are so many different types of scars that truly effective scar treatment. It requires evaluation of the individual lesion and a treatment plan, just like any other lesion on the skin. Scars can be areas where the skin is thinned out, too thick, too dark, too light, too red, etc. There are a lot of over-the-counter products that will treat “scars”, but what kinds of scars? Pink/red scars? Raised scars? Keloids? Acne scars? Wide scars? Burns? Surgical scars? Stretch Marks? Dr. Steele Johnson will first evaluate your scar(s) to determine which scar treatment options will work best.
Stretch Mark Treatment
Sometimes stretch marks can improve with time, but don’t always and may only improve a small amount on their own. So oftentimes, treatment for stretch marks is still required . Complete stretch mark removal is not always possible. However, the stretch mark treatment options that are prescribed by your dermatologist have been shown to be highly effective.
One of the most effective of these is microneedling. Microneedling for stretch mark removal is a treatment that safely makes microscopic injuries to the skin using tiny, sterile needles. When these tiny injuries are made, your skin begins to produce extra collagen and elastin in order to heal. By expediting this production with microneedling, the appearance of stretch marks is greatly reduced.
Another popular treatment for stretch marks is laser stretch mark removal. This stretch mark treatment involves an intense beam of light being aimed at the affected tissue. The skin on the treated area is ablated, allowing for a new, smoother layer of skin to develop. Laser stretch mark removal has few side effects and requires little down time. Additionally, it often offers spectacular results, making it a popular treatment method.
Microdermabrasion or a chemical peel may also provide relief for people with stretch marks. Each is a non-invasive treatment for stretch marks that effectively removes the outer layer of skin to allow a new, supple layer to emerge.