We can develop scars from a variety of different personal injury accidents from a car accident to burns to a dog bite. One thing is always true across the board with these scars, however. We want to improve and minimize their appearance as much as possible. We spoke with Dr. Mark Youssef, MD, the cosmetic surgeon with Younique Surgery Center in Santa Monica, CA, about some tips to help improve any scarring you may have. Read below to hear his expert advise or follow along with his Quick Tip Video here:
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Dr. Youssef explains that there are many things we can do to improve our scar’s health on the outside while we are healing from the inside. There are creams and gels you can apply topically to scars, there are laser treatments available to help diminish their appearance, and you can also inject scars with steroid treatments that will help to flatten and smooth them.
However, there is a new treatment recommended by Dr. Youssef to improve the appearance of scars as they heal, and that is a micro needling treatment done with PRP. What is PRP? PRP is platelet rich plasma, which is extracted from your own blood and put directly into the scar. And micro needling is done with a machine that puts little holes into the scar to stimulate new collagen and elastin to heal it. When the PRP is added to this treatment, it goes directly into the scar to help renew and regenerate new skin, helping to improve the health and minimize the appearance of your scar.
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, be sure to refer to our list of doctors who work on a lien basis, and if you’re looking to minimize the appearance of a scar, be sure to visit Dr. Youssef at Younique Surgery Center in Santa Monica.