Over the course of time, scars tend to go away on their own, but there are some scars that remain visible on your skin for a long time without any changes. These types of scars can make you feel unhappy about your appearance, especially if they’re in an embarrassing place.

If you have an unsightly scar that hasn’t faded, despite being fully healed, there are a number of great options available to you. One such option is a steroid injection that can help with scar revision.

What is Scar Revision with Steroid Injections?

Steroids have been used to revise scars for many years now. Mainly two types of scars are treated with steroids and they are keloid and hypertrophic scars. These types of scars are raised and discoloured and are the results of hyperactive healing.

Factors to Consider Before Undergoing a Scar Revision Using Steroids

Before undergoing a treatment like this, there are factors that must be considered, and they are:

• Age
• Overall health
• Medical history
• Type, location, and severity of scar
• Your tolerance for steroids
• Your expectations and desired outcome

What to Expect from the Scar Revision Treatment

A dermatologist will inject a corticosteroid solution directly under the skin on the affected area of a keloid or hypertrophic scar. This type of steroid is thicker in consistency and can be painful for some patients. A triamcinolone injection is given to flatten the scar. These injections can also help address issues with redness and constant itching associated with these kinds of scars.

How Does it Work?

The injections are given with the aim of reducing the size of the scar in mind. The steroid breaks the bond between the collagen fibers in order to reduce the scar tissues formed under the skin. In order to get the desired effect, you may have to get a few steroid injections over multiple sessions over six months. If you have a considerably older scar, steroid revision might be very effective for you.

Risk Factors to Consider

As with any steroid treatment, this type of revision may have adverse side-effects which should be discussed with your dermatologist. You will be given a risk assessment based on your medical history. Always give out correct information and ask any question that comes to your mind, so that you can make an informed decision.

The scar, unfortunately, can never be removed completely, but steroid injections can help you achieve the next best thing. The sooner you address your scarring issues, the better results you will experience.

Contact Our Office

Scars can be an unsightly annoyance if they’re in a highly visible and embarrassing location. Fortunately, a scar revision can help revise the scar and improve how it looks in a certain location. If you’re interested in learning more about the treatment, contact us to schedule a consultation with our surgeon Dr. Jason Roth.