The list of scar-minimising procedures, include:
It involves removing the top layers of skin. As the skin heals, its surface appears smoother. Dermabrasion is often used to address small scars, minor skin surface inconsistencies, and, surgical and acne scars.
Sun-damaged skin, irregular pigmentation (colour) and superficial scars can be treated with chemical peels. The skin's top layer is removed with a chemical application, which improves its appearance as the skin regenerates.
Collagen and/or Cortisone injections
Injectable collagen is often used to treat scars, wrinkles and facial lines. It replaces the loss of the body's natural collagen. Cortisone injections are generally used to soften and shrink hard scars.
As the name suggests, it involves freezing and this instance, that of the skin's top layer. This causes the area to blister.
Aside from wrinkles, laser resurfacing may also be used to treat hypertrophic scars. The procedure uses high-energy light to burn away damaged skin.
Punch grafts can be used to treat deep acne scars. During the procedure, the hole is punched in the skin to remove the scar, and it is then replaced with skin, commonly from the back of the earlobe. It is considered a small skin grafting procedure.
Surgical scar revision
This procedure aims to create a less noticeable scar. The original scar is surgically removed, and the skin is rejoined. The procedure is done on scars that are wide and long or those that heal in an unusual way. It is also used on scars that appear in highly visibly places.