Scars, Keloids and Stretch Marks
Scars, Keloids and Stretch Marks
Equipped with state-of-the-art lasers like Fractional CO2, Lumenis M22 to treat skin conditions such as scars, keloids and stretch marks
Scars are marks of injury and once formed will always be there. It is important to understand there are good looking scars and there are bad looking scars. Scar revision Surgery, lasers, topical creams play a very important role in improving the looks and quality of the scars.
Scars mature over time and some scars like acid burns may take several years to improve. It is vital to be patient and not to hurry into procedures. A wait of six to twelve months can dramatically improve scars.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), fractional CO2 laser, Erbium laser treatments can produce dramatic improvement in scars. Generally three to four treatments will be required at three week interval. It is an outpatient, quick and easy procedure, commonly performed under topical or local anaesthesia.
Sun protection is important, dressings are usually not required. The healing is very quick and sometimes there will be no external wound. Burns contractures can be released without skin grafting.
Ultra Pulse CO2 and M22 Erbium Resurfax are very potent tools in treating scars and their sequela.
These are unsightly scars which have the capacity to spread into surrounding normal tissues. Most people are born with tendencies to develop keloids. In these, any small or big wound can become a keloid. The common areas are chest, shoulders, joints, ears or sites of injury or piercing. Keloid treatment is cumbersome and chances of recurrence are high.
Silicon & Gels/Cream: Silicon gel sheets and silicon based gels along with topical steroid creams helps in softening the keloid. They also help with colour changes are betterment of keloid. These can be used to suppress the recurrence as well. Adhesive tapes are the most useful.
Injections: Triamcinolone acetonide and 5FU are the commonly used injections into keloid sites to reduce its thickness and limit its spread. They have to be used very carefully as they may have their side effect profiles in the long run. Multiple such injections might be needed depending on the extent of your keloid. These can be painful and thus can be used under topical Emla or Local Anaesthesia with Lignocaine. Please speak to your skin care provider if you are a candidate to take these.
Lasers: Fractional CO2 and Pulse dye laser have shown some help. Small localised keloids can be very carefully removed with intralesional CO2 laser excision. It is a meticulous job and the risk of developing keloid in lasered areas cannot be neglected.
Keloids Treatment Results
Stretch Marks Treatment
The skin consists of three layers – the outer layer (epidermis), the middle layer (dermis) and the deepest layer (subcutaneous). Stretch marks entail stretching of the middle layer of the skin. Stretch marks can also be due to absence of collagen fibre. Typically, stretch marks are found in the abdominal wall as they store the excess fat first, but can occur over other parts like arms and thighs. Even an attempt to gain muscle can result in stretch marks. A sudden weight gain and loss, hormonal changes are the cause of these atrophic skin problems. The newly formed stretch marks called “stria rubra” look reddish. Over time they become white “stria alba”.
Stria or stretch marks are commonly seen in women and men in younger age groups and especially during pregnancy.
Stretch marks gradually fade over years but can be disturbing cosmetically if too many in numbers. Topical retinoid acids, glycolic acids were tried with no great results. With the advent of newer laser technology there is a hope for treatment.
The doctors at our clinic (Pune) use lasers to get rid of or reduce stretch marks using speciality lasers. One such laser for treating stretch marks is the Er-YAG ResurFx on the new Lumenis M22 platform. About 4 sessions at monthly intervals can help the stretch marks look less obvious. It helps in collagen rebuilding and thus improves the skin texture and appearance.
Stretch Marks Treatment Results
Dr. Sharvari PanditMBBS, DDV (Skin & VD), MD (SEY )
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Dermatologist, Venereologist & Trichologist
Dr. Sharvari Pandit is a Consultant Dermatologist, Venereologist & Trichologist at Pandit Clinic. She has an experience of more than 5 years and also acts as a visiting consultant at MMF’s Joshi Hospital, Anand Hospital and Visage Skin Clinic. Dr. Sharvari’s areas of special interest include aesthetic surgeries, skin rejuvenation, anti-ageing and pigmentations treatments.
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