A scar is the body’s reaction to a trauma of the skin, and usually appears light pink or brown. Scars are formed as a result of the body creating collagen, a fibrous protein, to repair the skin. A scar typically develops beneath a scab during the healing process and can be itchy, sensitive and even painful.

There are in-office treatment options available for patients who wish to minimize the appearance and/or decrease sensitivity of a scar. Depending on the patient’s skin health and the nature of the scar, lasers to improve texture and color as well as cortisone injections to flatten a hypertrophic scar are commonly performed, as well as at-home treatments such as silicone tape or gel with SPF.

It is important to take good care of a recovering wound to avoid and diminish the severity of a scar.