The formation of a scar is part of a functioning wound healing process. In the course of our lives, events such as cuts, burns, inflammatory skin diseases (e.g. acne vulgaris) or surgeries leave marks on our bodies. These scars do not only impair the appearance of the skin visually but can also cause itching, the feeling of tension, pain or mobility limitations.
Scar development differs from person to person. Distinctions are made between the following scar types:
- “normal”, i.e. soft, and essentially skin-coloured scars on skin level
- sunken, soft scars (atrophic scars)
- broad, soft scars resulting from insufficient wound healing
- bulging, rough scars (hypertrophic scars)
- reddened, bulging, itching or painful scars reaching beyond the actual wound (keloids)
It is possible for multiple of the characteristics specified above to occur at the same time in one scared area.
Before starting scar treatment, a thorough analysis of the affected area is conducted by the treating physician. It is followed by a detailed consultation regarding treatment options.
The goal of treating a scar is always a visual and structural improvement. To reach it, an ablative CO2 laser, a fractional (not ablative) ResurFx laser, an IPL (“flash lamp”), a LBO (lithium borate) laser and a gs-Nd:YAG laser are available at DERMATOLOGIKUM BERLIN. The number of treatments necessary as well as concomitant pain therapy are tailored to you individually.