7 Ways to Remove Scars Fast
March 24, 2021 by VitalSkin Dermatology
Scars on your skin can leave you feeling self-conscious and unhappy. The slow process of watching scars fade can be difficult too, prolonging your anxiety. What’s more, many scars never fully fade. Fortunately, there are some effective alternatives, including quick remedies that can remove scars fast.
Which intervention will work best for you will depend on the nature and characteristics of your scar. Working closely with your dermatologist can help you identify which of these fast remedies can be the best solution for you.
Micropigmentation is a process that involves the implantation of small pieces of natural pigment into the skin on and around the scar. This creates a natural “tattoo” of sorts that can hide the appearance of the scar to a large degree. You will sometimes hear micropigmentation referred to as “permanent cosmetics.”
2. Scar revision
Scar revision involves an incision into the scar and a repositioning of the skin to alter a scar’s appearance. This procedure not only alters the appearance of the scar, but can also relieve tension created by the scar that may have been restricting a patient’s movements.
Dermaplaning is a dermatological procedure in which your doctor skims off a layer of scar tissue using a scalpel. The skin is exfoliated and left to heal in a way that will reduce the appearance of the scar. Topical treatments are sometimes used to increase collagen in the skin and promote healing.
4. Soft tissue fillers
Popular injectables such as Juvéderm®, Radiesse®, Restylane® and Sculptra® can all be used by a dermatologist to fill in the surface and cavities in a scar. While effective, this intervention only temporarily improves a scar’s appearance, as the body eventually metabolizes the injectable.
5. Laser/light therapy
In some cases, laser or light therapy may be the best answer for reducing a scar’s appearance. This intervention uses focused light to remove the skin’s outer layer and stimulate new growth and production of skin cells.
6. Chemical peels
When a patient has very mild scarring, a chemical peel may be an effective answer. Many patients enjoy chemical peels because they are more affordable, less invasive and take less time than other options. As with other treatments, a chemical peel removes top layers of the scar to allow for more even and uniform healing.
7. Fat grafting
Finally, in some scenarios, patients may wish to undergo fat grafting to, in essence, “remove” the scar or significantly reduce its appearance. Fat is harvested from one or more areas on the body then injected into dimples and depressions in scars. This can be a longer lasting alternative to injectables too.
Thanks to decades of intervention in dermatology, patients no longer have to live with many of the consequences associated with scarring. Remedies vary widely, providing almost any patient with a scar removal technique that suits their needs. If you would like to learn more about how to remove your own scars, set up a consultation with a dermatologist today. You can discuss which procedures will work best to address your scars and get you on the road to smoother and healthier skin.