Facial scars: Where did they come from and how do I get rid of them?

Facial scarring can result from a number of factors and many with these scars have the desire to get rid of them. The good news is that you usually can. This article discusses some common scars and how you can treat them.

How Did I End Up With Scars?

You probably know where your scars came from, but on the off chance you woke up one morning with amnesia, here are some commons reasons scars come to fruition:
  • Surgeries
  • Acne and chicken pox
  • Injuries and accidents
  • Skin cancers and small biopsies
  • Burns
  • Stretch marks
If that’s not where your scar came from, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

How Do I Get Rid of These Scars?

If anyone ever told you that you can’t get rid of scars, they were wrong. There are a number of treatments for reducing or removing scars. Here are a few of the main ones:
Light therapy – In this treatment, red light is applied to the scar to reduce redness and discoloration.
Pulsed dye laser (PDL) – This one sounds like something out of Star Trek, but I assure you it’s real. According to Dr. Gross’ website, “A concentrated beam of yellow light targets blood vessels in the scar.” This light shrinks the blood vessels, which in turn, reduces the scar. Cool, right?
Microdermabrasion – Why not just gently sand the scar down? That’s basically what microdermabrasion does.
Corticosteroid injections – This method makes the scar tissue actually contract.
Laser skin resurfacing – Why not shoot some more lasers at it? As an added bonus, laser skin resurfacing can also help reduct the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and sun damage.
If you have scars, the above are some common ways to get rid of them. You’ll want to find a medical professional such as a board-certified facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist to treat your scar. They should also be able to determine which treatment is best for your scar type. Good luck!