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How to Minimize the Appearance of Scars

Moderate scarring on the skinThroughout your life, you’ve likely developed scars on various parts of your body. While some scars may have appeared as a result of a minor laceration to the skin, others may have been caused by more traumatic injuries.

Whenever the skin becomes injured, the body produces fibroblast cells to promote the production of collagen and heal the damaged area. In many instances, the skin heals properly without any complications. However, if the body produces too many collagen fibers during the healing process, a scar appears.

There are several different types of scars:

Keloid: Scars that grow beyond the edges of the original wounds or incisions, keloid scars often impair movement.

Hypertrophic (enlarged): Red in appearance, hypertrophic scars look similar to keloid scars, but they do not go past the edges of the wounds.

Contracture: Often caused by burns, contracture scars tighten the skin and can also affect muscles and nerves.

Acne: Acne scars range from moderate to extreme in appearance, depending on the severity of each individual’s condition.

Treatment Options

Although over-the-counter creams, ointments, and lotions can be beneficial in reducing the appearance of scars, cosmetic treatment offers more effective options. Dr. Kimberly Henry regularly performs a variety of methods to eliminate the appearance of scars for patients of all ages.

Dermal Injections

Depressed scars that delve deep into the skin can be improved with injectable fillers such as JUVÉDERM® and Sculptra® Aesthetic. These dermal fillers contain natural substances that are injected directly into the skin to fill in scars.


Dermabrasion is an excellent treatment option for scars that were caused by acne or other skin conditions. Dermabrasion is performed by applying fine crystals directly to the skin and using a high-speed abrasive wand to gently remove the surface layers of the skin.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Scars that develop from the body’s natural aging process can be successfully removed through laser skin resurfacing. Short pulses of light are administered to destroy cells on the surface of scars and penetrate the deepest layers.


A Z-shaped incision is made through the scar tissue as well as the surrounding skin to create two flaps. Once the scar is completely broken up, the flaps are repositioned, and the incisions are closed.

Since scars come in many shapes and sizes, it is important to consult an experienced medical professional when deciding to undergo treatment.

To contact our Bay Area practice, feel free to call (415) 924-1313 or fill out our <a href="http://www ou trouver du vrai”>online contact form today. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Kimberly Henry, looks forward to meeting you at your initial consultation and strives to provide you with the best results possible.

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