By April Harrison PA-C
We have all seen unsightly scars but you may be wondering if there is a treatment for them. There are two main types of raised scars: keloid and hypertropic. A keloid scar is a type of raised scar that spreads beyond the boundary of the original wound. A hypertrophic scar is one where the scar is contained in the original wound boundaries, see examples of both below.
Not everyone who has a scar will keloid, but some people are more prone than others. Treating a keloid can be challenging and often takes several treatments and types of treatments. We can inject the raised portion of the scar with a steroid solution that causes the scar to shrink. This can be done over a series of treatments until the scar is flat. We can also freeze the scar with liquid nitrogen to shrink it from the inside out.
If the keloid is large, it may need to be surgically removed. There is a high chance of recurrence with this method, so steroid injections or other treatments may be used right after to reduce this chance.
Resurfacing lasers reduce the size of the scar and soften it too. We can also use IPL (Intense Pulse Light) devices to lighten a keloid or hypertrophic scar and make it blend in better with surrounding skin. Depending on the location and size of the scar, other treatments may be recommended.
We are here to help you navigate the best treatment options for your scars. If you have a scar you want improved, we invite you to set up a complimentary consultation to see what options are best for you.
About April Harrison, MPAS, PA-C
April Harrison has been a practicing PA since 2000 and has worked in medical and cosmetic dermatology since 2001. She received her Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA) diplomate. In fact, April is the first PA to ever receive diplomate status with the SDPA. This designation indicates that she has achieved the highest honor possible as a Dermatology PA. She is a member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants