Scar Treatments

Whether you have acne scars, surgical scars, or scars from old scratches and cuts, most of us have at least one scar that we would like to remove. The best scar treatments stimulate our skin’s own healing process, to replace scarred skin with healthy skin. Unfortunately, many of the most popular scar creams found in the drug store don’t make a huge difference in the scar’s appearance. In order to improve the look of your scars, there are a few treatments to consider:

  1. Topical prescription cream for scars: Prescription creams can stimulate the production of healthy collagen to improve the appearance of a raised or atrophic (indented) scar; they can also be used to diminish the appearance of red or brown (called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) on the scar. Ask your dermatologist about prescriptions such as tretinoin and hydroquinone to improve the appearance of your scar.
  2. Injection for scars: Raised, or keloid, scars can benefit from injection of an anti-inflammatory medication called triamcinolone. A short series of treatments will help to flatten raised scars.
  3. Fillers for scarring: Atrophic, or pitted, scars can sometimes be temporarily improved upon by using a dermal filler to actually ‘fill in’ the indentation of the scar. This treatment is most commonly used to treat acne scarring on the face.
  4. Vascular lasers for scars: Vascular lasers, such as the KTP laser, are one of the best scar treatments available. They use a unique laser energy to collapse the tiny blood vessels in the skin’s surface that cause scars to appear reddish.
  5. Laser resurfacing: Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is the best treatment for most types of scarring. Fractional CO2 lasers use their unique laser energy to resurface the skin, and replace the scarred skin with healthy collagen. The result is improvement of the scar’s texture and color.

Next time you are in the office, ask Dr. Tareen, or her assistants about how to improve the appearance of your unwanted scar! We are pleased to offer some of the best scar treatments in Minnesota.

Patient Testimonials

Yesterday was my first time visiting Tareen. It was an amazing friendly experience the minute you walk in the door. Kelsey Strub was great to work with! Highly recommend her work and patient care along with the rest of the staff that played a part in my experience.

- Jonathan

Dr. Tareen and her staff are amazing and truly care about me as a patient. I have a personal history and family history of melanoma and I know I am in great hands with Dr. Tareen or any of the staff she hires. I send all of my family and friends to Tareen Dermatology because I trust them implicitly. Thank you Dr. Tareen and team!

- Natalie

The beauty of this facility goes beyond it’s physical appearance. The professionalism, compassion and care of the staff is hard to put into words. This was my first time receiving filler in my lips. The entire process was painless and the results were immediate. They comforted me and explained each step thoroughly. Dr. Tareen and her staff are the best! Her caring nature and desire for perfection is shown in my results. She turned my frown upside down!! I am extremely pleased with the results! 

- Angie

Best dermatologist office, if not best medical office, I’ve ever been to. The doctors here actually want to help you. It’s also so fast and easy to make an appointment, not like other dermatology offices where you have to schedule a visit 6-8 months in advance. The doctors are so knowledgeable and willing to work with you instead of brush off your feelings and requests. So happy I happened to be referred here. It’s great.

- Annalise

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