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Scar Revision

While the skin has built-in healing properties, supportive scar care can help speed up and improve the process. Learn about scar revisions at Janiga MDs.

Scar Revision

A scar can take many forms and have many causes. Scar tissue is a normal response after trauma to the skin and at its most basic level is a disruption of the collagen in the skin. Scars can be red, elevated or, in the most extreme cases, keloid.

While the skin has great ability to heal itself, additional supportive care and protection can help the healing process in the aftermath of skin trauma. A proper regimen of care by both the patient and doctor can improve the outcome and final appearance of scar tissue after the healing process is over.

Treatment & Prevention

Because patients generally prefer to minimize or prevent scarring altogether whenever possible, Dr. Jennifer Janiga recommends a range of self-care and professional scar treatment options to give you the best possible outcome. Some scar treatment options include:

  • Keep the scar area moist and covered with either Aquaphor or Vaniply ointment for 3 weeks after a procedure to help with healing.
  • Minimize or eliminate any new scar tissue from exposure to the damaging effects of the sun.
  • Utilize silicone sheeting. Silicone sheeting has long been used for scar treatment, is available over the counter and produced by many manufacturers.  The silicone sheet should be changed each day after the tissue is cleaned with gentle soap and water.
  • When scars are new, red and swollen, we can treat them with Intense Pulsed Lightor a Pulsed Dye Laser to help decrease the redness, which is quite effective in improving the appearance of red scars in the early phases of healing.
  • If the scar you have is elevated or keloid, there are treatments that are available to help. The treatment for elevated scars usually involves a step-wise approach, including first, making the scar flat with steroid injections and then treating redness and blood vessels with the Intense Pulsed Light Laser or Pulsed Dye laser. The last step for keloids or elevated scars is to do resurfacing with the ICON resurfacing laser.

Scar Revision Results

After a few months of treatment, your scar will usually be reduced to a flat line, appearing slightly lighter in color than your normal skin tone. This lighter area is more noticeable on patients with tanned or darker skin. At Janiga MDs, we always advise using sunscreen to decrease the contrast between normal and scarred tissue, but resurfacing lasers such as the ICON resurfacing laser can also help to blend that lighter color to make it less noticeable.

As with most skin conditions, there is no singular approach to scar treatment. Dr. Jennifer Janiga’s philosophy for scar management follows a 3-prong approach: Use sound clinical judgment, follow the patient’s progress and intervene as soon as possible to allow for the best result.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about scar revisions or to set up a consultation with Dr. Jennifer Janiga for your scar evaluation in our Reno/Tahoe dermatology office, please send us an email or call 775-398-4600.

Appointment length varies and depends on severity of condition or other contributing factors, but usually lasts 30 minutes.

Jennifer J. Janiga, MD, FAAD

Dr. Janiga enjoys taking care of both adults and children. Her extensive training and years of experience in medical dermatology, lasers, and cosmetic procedures allows her to treat her patients with the comprehensive attention they deserve.

Dr. Janiga listens attentively to what patients have to say, and works with them in planning the right course of action on an individual basis. Honest talk, humility and a fresh perspective paired with years of experience and education all contribute to the effectiveness of her straightforward care.