Trauma scars can make even the most confident individual feel self-conscious about their appearance or their physical abilities. If you are seeking trauma scar treatment, the team at Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute can help. Led by Dr. Jill Waibel, we serve patients in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Kendall and the surrounding Florida communities.
What are Trauma Scars?
A trauma scar is a scar that forms as the result of a serious injury to the skin. These types of scars can happen to anyone, regardless of age or ethnicity, and can have both an emotional and physical impact, specifically if the trauma scar results in limited mobility. The three main types of trauma scars are atrophic, hypertrophic and keloid.
What Causes Trauma Scars?
Trauma scars can be caused by a variety of injuries, including sharp objects that damage the skin, friction, scraping or harmful chemicals.
How are Trauma Scars Treated?
In the past, doctors believed it was necessary to wait at least a year before attempting to treat a trauma scar. However, the most recent research has shown that in many cases, earlier treatment may be better.
At Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, we have found fractional ablative lasers to be a useful tool in our scar treatment arsenal. Depending on the specifics of your scar, a fractional ablative laser may be able to help reduce the formation of contractures that would otherwise be debilitating. Potential treatment options include:
- Intralesional corticosteroids
- Silicone gels and dressings
- Pressure therapy
- Chemical peels
The best way to determine the ideal treatment method for your scar is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jill Waibel, a world-renowned specialist in the treatment of trauma scars.