Confidence Beyond The Skin-Do You Want to Erase an Ugly Scar?

Recently I have had a lot of inquiries about scar treatments from patients, friends and family members. This has been such a hot topic over the past few weeks that I decided I would dedicate a blog to explain the various treatments.

First of ascar photoll, there is no way to eliminate a scar 100%. There are some things that can help improve the appearance of a scar, but there is nothing on the market that will eliminate a scar completely. The skin is an amazing organ because it has the ability to generate new cells and repair itself when it is damaged or injured. It does not have the ability to do this without leaving a visible mark. Scars can come from acne, surgery or traumatic accidents. A scar can be darker or lighter than the surrounding skin and it can have a raised or shiny texture.

Here are a few options for scar treatments:

1. Mederma-Mederma is an over the counter topical medication that has been shown to help minimize the appearance of very mild scars. It can help helpful after an insect bite or a small scrape to help minimize the mark on the skin. It is inexpensive and found in any neighborhood pharmacy.

2. Silicone pads or gels-There are many brands of silicone pads and gels. You can find some over the counter near the bandaid aisle. These silicone treatments have shown to help soften the appearance of Keloid (red and thickened) scars. If you had a recent injurykelocote to the skin and when the area healed it became itchy, red and raised, this may be a keloid. They are very common on the chest and upper back. These silicone pads are a little pricey and are sometimes behind the pharmacy counter. I like Kelocote gel.

3. Cortisone Injections-If the silicone was not enough to soften your keloid scar, you may want to discuss the benefits of a cortisone injection with your dermatology provider. Cortisone is anti-inflammatory and can really help with itchy, burning and raised keloid scars.

4. Laser– There is only one laser that is FDA approved to treat scars. It will not help much with keloid scars, but it will help with most other types of scars. I am fortunate that I’ve had  this laser in my office for over 2 years and I have seen great benefit for acne scars,palomar scar laser surgical scars, traumatic scars and stretch marks. The laser uses fractionated energy to deliver heat into the skin causing the skin to tighten, contract and shrink the scar. These treatments can be expensive and usually require 4-5 treatments, but there is little discomfort and almost no recovery time.

Hopefully you do not have any reason to seek a scar treatment, but if you do, the list above explains your treatment options. Most scars will improve with the tincture of time so be patient.

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Confidence Beyond The Skin-The Truths and Myths Behind Botox…

botox photoOn a weekly basis I am asked about forehead wrinkles by someone who is curious about Botox, but afraid that it may be dangerous or harmful to their overall health. The truth of the matter is that Botox is actually quite safe. I spend a lot of time sharing the “truths” and “myths” about Botox to my patients and I thought it might be helpful to share them with you.

Myth Botox is a poison.

Truth:

Botox is derived from botulinum toxin type A and is combined with human albumin and sodium chloride. It has been studied for over 30 years and is considered to be very safe when used properly. Many of the initial studies were performed by ophthalmologists to improve “lazy” eyes over 30 years ago.

Myth: My face will look frozen if I get Botox.botox forehead

Truth:

An experienced injector will know how much Botox you need. It can be injected as a very “light” dose to maintain a natural appearance without looking “frozen faced”.

Myth: I had Botox once and I was stuck with one eyebrow higher than another for 2 months.

Truth:

Sometimes one area of muscle fibers will absorb more Botox than another area and cause some asymmetry. It is very simple to correct this by injecting a few units of Botox in the area that still has significant dynamic movement.

Myth: Botox injections hurt.

Truth:

Botox in injected using a tiny needle and is not very painful. You can apply ice and some numbing cream prior to your appointment if you are nervous about needle injections. The entire treatment only takes a few minutes.

Myth: A common side effect is a drooping or closed eyelid.

Truth: This is called Ptosis and it is a rare side effect of Botox. If this side effect occurs, it usually resolves itself in a few weeks. The more common side effects are temporary bruising and temporary headache.

Myth: Botox is only for women.botox image

Truth:

More and more men are concerned about forehead lines and are scheduling appointments for Botox treatments.

Myth: Botox is what makes people have “duck lips”.

Truth: Botox is best used on the upper face. It is used for lines between the brows (the 11’s), the forehead horizontal lines, and crow’s feet lines around the eyes. It is possible, but not common to use Botox in the lip area. The general rule is that Botox treats lines above the nose and fillers(Juvederm, Restylane) treat lines below the nose.

I hope that helps clear up any misconceptions that you may have about Botox treatments. It is not a treatment that is for everyone, but if you are considering trying it, this Feb may be a good time to take the plunge. The company is offering a limited number of instant $50 rebates for the month of February!

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I am always looking for new blog topics or interesting products. Send your ideas to kasey.drapeaudamato@gmail.com.

I have been asked if I receive any financial incentive to mention products in my newsletter/blog and the answer is no. I only comment on products that I have used myself or that I recommend to patients because they have unique benefits. However, I am a clinical trainer for both Medicis (Dysport/Restylane) and Allergan (Botox/Juvederm).