As dermatologic procedures become more advanced and patients become more and more time constricted due to busy schedules and fast-paced living, the need for non- or minimally invasive treatment modalities is growing. Patients are no longer able to devote days and weeks to the recovery process required of certain more invasive options. Scarring, however, is still a psychologically and physically debilitating problem that requires safe and effective treatment. Several non- or minimally invasive treatment options for all kinds of scars exist, including but not limited to topical therapies, cryosurgery, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, microneedling, intralesional agents and fillers. When treating patients for scars, moreover, it is important to communicate the expectations of both physician and patient, as these modalities may be better for certain types of scars over others and although non- or minimally invasive, there are certain side effects associated with each. Complete resolution of all scars is also unlikely. In this situation, techniques to help camouflage scars are helpful to have in one's armamentarium. This chapter will address many of the currently available non/minimally invasive treatment options for scars in addition to their indications, relative efficacy, cost and side effect profiles in order for physicians to make more appropriate therapeutic decisions when treating a patient with scars.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Scars and Scarring|
|Subtitle of host publication||Causes, Types and Treatment Options|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers, Inc.|
|Number of pages||30|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2013|
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