Is scar removal an option?
My patients often ask me whether it is possible to completely remove a scar, particularly for acne scarring. The answer to that question is no. There is no way to completely remove a scar. However, the appearance of a scar can usually be improved. For non-raised scars, surgery may be an option used to alter a scar’s shape to make it less noticeable. Dermabrasion, microneedling, and laser resurfacing can help to make scars ‘blend in’. Acne scars respond especially well to microneedling. Lastly, fillers can be effective to help raise sunken scars. These treatments are only temporary and would need to be repeated.
What type of makeup do you recommend for covering scars?
Makeup is a very personal choice. However, if you are trying to cover a scar, I always try to opt for makeup that will help protect/heal the scar as well. For a cover up, you want to look for a concealer that has SPF protection as well. I recommend
Cover Creme Foundation because it has full coverage, broad spectrum SPF 30, and helps strengthen and repair the skin surface barrier. For scars on the body, I recommend using Quick Fix Body for targeted coverage, and Leg & Body Makeup for coverage over larger areas of the body. To make sure your coverage lasts, set it with Loose Setting Powder for up to 16 hours of smudge- and transfer-resistant wear.
As a dermatologist, why are you passionate about helping your patients with scars?
In the 10 years that I have
been practicing as a dermatologist, scars have become my passion. Every day, I treat patients whose lives are affected by scars. Sometimes those scars appear on the skin and sometimes the scars are internal or emotional. Regardless of whether you suffer from physical or emotional scars, what I know to be true is that scars can have a huge impact on our mental health and emotional health. As a dermatologist, I feel honored to help my patients feel better on the inside and on the outside through scar improvement procedures. I want to help change our perception of a scar. A scar does not only represent a trauma, it also represents survival. Our scars show what we have survived. They are a sign of our strength and our resilience. Our scars make us beautiful.