Why Choose SKINLIFE for Hypertrophic Scars and Keloids
Skinlife has a personal, individualized focus on you as a valued patient. The hallmark of our philosophy is taking the time to find out your goals, lifestyle, and treatment preference. Skinlife has successfully treated many keloid and hypertrophic scars with a number of treatment approaches including precise steroid injection, skillful use of non-invasive laser, and minor surgery.
WHAT IS HYPERTROPHIC SCAR AND KELOIDS?
Hypertrophic Scars and Keloids are a result of an abnormal growth of fibrous tissue due to imbalance of tissue regeneration processes during healing phase of a skin injury. Both appear raised above the surrounding skin surface level. Keloid and hypertrophic scars are similar in many ways, especially in early phases of their development. However, keloids extend beyond the borders of the original wound and do not usually disappear on their own; whereas hypertrophic scars are limited to the original wound site and may sometimes spontaneously regress with time. Skinlife in Vancouver offers various methods for treating Hypertrophic Scars and Keloids.
- Steroid Injection
Most widely available treatments are intra-lesional steroid injections. Injected steroid stops the overproduction of collagen and flattens the raised scar. Injection technique is an important factor to avoid accidental depression of normal surrounding skin.
- Silicone Gel Sheet
Silicone gel sheet such as Cica-care is worn over the raised scar for certain amount of time each day for a few months for the flattening effect. It does not work for all types of scars and can be difficult to place in curved skin surface. Irritation from the gel sheet is also a common side effect.
- Vascular Treatment
Vascular laser and photo-therapy devices can be used to reduce the blood flow feeding the raised scar.
Certain scars can be excised and then double sutured. Deeper layers of soft tissue are closed with a special elastic suture to reduce tension on the skin surface. Then skin is gently approximated with regular suture. Other treatment options can be combined during healing phase to reduce the chance of recurrence.
- Collagen Re-modelling Lasers
Certain lasers such as long pulse ND:YAG or Q-Switched ND:YAG laser can be used to treat the raised scar by inducing scar remodelling. The lasers gently heat up the scars without destroying the tissue. Therefore there is no downtime.