Expert Scar Treatment in Indianapolis, IN
Most people at some point in their lives have had a scar. A scar is a mark left on the skin after a wound or injury has healed. While most scars eventually fade or become lighter over time they never completely disappear. There are a variety of different types of scars, of which some have a more unattractive appearance.
At Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery in Indianapolis, IN, Dr. Greg Chernoff offers the latest advancements and comprehensive treatment options for improving the appearance of scars. Dr. Chernoff has extensive experience treating all types of scars and all levels of severity including acne scars, surgical scars, burn scars, accident scars, or scars from diseases like chicken pox. Dr. Chernoff uses combinations of minimally invasive lasers, personalized cellular therapy, and injectable therapy.
I highly recommend Dr. Chernoff and Associates. Dr. Chernoff and his entire staff are wonderful. They are personable and empathetic. I am thankful that my friend told me about Dr. Chernoff. Dr. Chernoff has worked miracles on my scar. Rest assured that if you receive a service from Dr. Chernoff he will do excellent work!"
~ K.L (Google Review)
Prior to any treatment or procedure, Dr. Chernoff or one of our trained and certified Health Care Providers determine if you are a candidate, review the risk and benefits, and provide all possible treatment alternatives.
What Are The Different Types of Scars?
Scars are a natural part of the healing process resulting from an abnormal overgrowth of tissue. Scars can leave a red-raised mark, a fine line or a pitted hole on the skin. The different types of scars include:
- Normal fine-line scars
A minor cut will usually heal which will gradually get paler and flatter over time. Fine-line scars are common following an injury or after surgery leaving a raised pale scar. On darker skin, the scar tissue may fade to leave a brown or white mark.
- Keloid scars
A keloid scar is a special type of scar that results from overgrowth of tissue that occurs when too much collagen is produced at the site of the wound. For some people, the keloid scar keeps growing. Removal of keloid scars requires specialized expertise to optimize results and minimize more damage to the skin. Learn more about treatment for keloid scars.
- Hypertrophic scars
Hypertrophic scars are also the result of excess collagen being produced at the site of a wound or injury but not as much overgrowth of tissue is produce as compared with keloid scars. Also, hypertrophic scars don’t extend beyond the boundary of the original wound, but they may continue to thicken for up to six months.
- Pitted or sunken scars (Atrophic scars)
Some scars caused by skin conditions, such as acne and illnesses such as chickenpox can cause scars that have a pitted or sunken appearance.
- Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are long, narrow streaks or stripes that occur when the skin is stretched too quickly. Learn more about stretch mark treatments.
What Types of Treatments Are Available for Scars?
At Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery in Indianapolis, IN, Dr. Chernoff uses a multi-modality approach to improving scars. Complex and deep scars may require surgical revision as well as non-surgical therapies (injectable, laser, and cellular) during the scar revision and healing process.
We are equipped to treat all levels and types of scars, including acne scars, keloids, surgical and/or trauma scores, or scars left behind by diseases like chickenpox. The type and level of treatment depend on the depth and severity of the scar and the patient’s desired aesthetic goals.
Scar treatments include:
- Salt Therapy and Chemical Peels improve shallow scars and promote even skin tone.
- Laser resurfacing – Fractionated CO2 DOT laser treatment removes the outer layer of the skin and stimulates collagen production. Dr. Chernoff will combine different laser therapies to achieve optimal results. Dr. Chernoff may also recommend alternating treatments using Aerolase and other collagen stimulating lasers to improve the color and texture of scars.
- Microneedling and Radiofrequency Microneedling RF – Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery offers traditional Microneedling and advanced Microneedling with RadioFrequency that improves scars for all types of skin pigment.
- Skin Healing therapy – Innovative therapy, utilizing the topical growth factors to enhance the natural healing process of your skin and to stimulate the restoration of your skin’s cells.
- Facial Injections – Dermal fillers are used to improve the appearance of indented scars. Learn more about the Juvéderm collection of facial fillers.
- Subcision is a technique that releases depressed scar tissue from the underlying tissue to improve the appearance of the scar. Most often, Dr. Chernoff will use submission for certain types of acne scars. Not all types of acne scars will respond to subcision. In most cases, Dr. Chernoff will use a combination approach that utilizes multi-modality approach that combines all the treatments for scar improvement to achieve optimal results.
- Growth Factor Treatments to stimulate normal healthy tissue that improves the appearance of the scar.
Scar Improvement Q&A
Below are frequently asked questions for scar improvement performed at Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery for the following types of scars: Acne Scars, Surgical Scars, Burn Scars, Injury Scars, Stretch Marks. For patients with Keloid Scars, please read about KELIOD REMOVAL at Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery to read about Dr. Chernoff’s innovative technique to remove keloid scars with a 98% rate of non reoccurrence.
Does Dr. Chernoff perform subcision for scar improvement? Subcision is a technique that releases depressed scar tissue from the underlying tissue to improve the appearance of the scar. If Dr. Chernoff believes he can improve scars by subcision, he will utilize that technique. Patients who have severe acne scars on their cheeks and sagging skin, Dr. Chernoff will recommend his Deep Plane Facelift. By performing this procedure Dr. Chernoff the depressed scars are automatedly released from the tissue on the cheeks.
Does Dr. Chernoff do traditional surgical scar revision?
It’s rare for Dr. Chernoff to complete surgical scar revision because most often, in his experience, surgical scar revision can make a scar look worse. The location of the scar, how much tissue the patient has in the area, and how the patient’s skin responds to the scar allows Dr. Chernoff to determine the treatment plan. Some doctors perform scar revision because they do not have the multi-modality treatment options that are available at Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery.
After I complete the treatment plan, will my scar(s) be gone?
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee your scar(s) will be gone. Everyone’s skin and tissue respond differently to the treatment. Your scar will look better but may not be gone after Dr. Chernoff’s recommended treatment plan.
How soon can my stretch marks be treated after they appear?
Stretch marks respond best to treatment when they are treated soon after forming while they are still red or pink in color. Old stretch marks can still be treated, it will take more treatments to see improvement. Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery has been treating improving stretch marks for 15+ years and has multi-modality treatments to improve STRETCH MARKS.
How soon can an injury scar be treated?
As soon as the wound is healed, scar treatment can begin. And, the sooner scar treatment is started, the better the result. When a scar is first healing, it is typically red and vascular. When the blood is flowing to the scar, that is the best time to start treatment to have the best result in the least amount of time. Old scars can still be treated, it just takes longer to achieve results.
Can acne scars be treated while active acne is present?
Yes. If you have active acne and acne scars, scar improving treatment can be performed. In fact, the treatment used to improve the scars will also help the active acne. Many treatments we use to treat active acne are the same laser and light-based treatments we use for scar treatment. The settings and the penetration depth may be adjusted in certain areas of the face, but the treatments are beneficial for both active acne and acne scars.
Why Dr. Greg Chernoff For Your Laser/RF Energy For Face and Body Treatments?
When considering laser/RF energy sources for scar treatments, finding the right aesthetic doctor can mean the difference between great results and less than optimal results. Board certification, advanced training and skills, along with years of experience are important factors to consider when selecting your cosmetic physician.
At Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery in Indianapolis, IN you can be reassured that Dr. Greg Chernoff has the appropriate surgical certifications, extensive knowledge, experience, surgical skill and aesthetic vision. Dr. Chernoff is a renowned aesthetic surgeon and educator.
Over the last 25-years, Dr. Chernoff has significantly contributed to the advancements in Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Medicine. He was one of the pioneers of both surgical and non-surgical laser therapy. He has pioneered many new skincare treatments and over the years has been refining the therapies to improve and enhance his patient’s skin. Research is important to him since it allows him to stay on the cutting edge of new therapies and techniques.
You can trust your scar improvement to Dr. Chernoff, a triple board certified facial and reconstructive plastic surgeon. Dr. Chernoff is certified by The American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, The American Board of Facial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. Chernoff is an expert face and body cosmetic enhancement physician who has performed thousands of non-surgical aesthetic procedures for men and women in Indianapolis, IN and the surrounding communities for over 20 years.
Select the Best for Natural
If you desire a Center of Excellence for cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures, look no further than Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery in Indianapolis, IN. Dr. Greg Chernoff is a triple board-certified physician who is passionate about helping his patients achieve their goals. Our commitment to you is to provide outstanding patient care and optimal results.