Should I See a Dermatologist About My Scars?

Should I See a Dermatologist About My Scars?

When you have a prominent and unsightly scar, especially in a location not easily hidden by clothing, you likely want to work on minimizing its appearance. There are many different scar treatment options, and the most effective for you will depend on the type and severity of scarring from which you suffer. There are many scar treatment options that do not require any doctor’s intervention. However, there are times where seeing a dermatologist about your scars is the best way to proceed. Therefore, it is beneficial to know when you should see a dermatologist about your scars.

What Does a Dermatologist Do?

Dermatologists are specialized doctors who work on conditions affecting the skin, including acne, scarring, eczema, and more. Therefore, they are experts in solutions for reducing the appearance of scars, especially prominent ones such as keloid scars. They also offer more invasive procedures to remove scars, including laser surgery, dermabrasion, grafting, and more. However, not all scars require the assistance of a dermatologist to treat.

What Type of Scars Require a Dermatologist?

Large, prominent, and raised scars, especially keloid scars, will most likely not find any help from a scar treatment cream. Instead, you will need to see a dermatologist to discuss other scar treatment options. Any injury to the skin that harmed many layers of the skin tissue, such as a third degree burn, or did not heal correctly typically forms a larger and more prominent scar that will need more advanced treatment options to reduce the appearance of the scars. Certain acne scars, including ice pick scars, rolling scars, and boxcar scars also often require more invasive treatments offered by dermatologists.

When Don’t You Need to See a Dermatologist?

Any time you have scarring or other skin conditions about which you have a question, you can typically benefit from the expertise of a dermatologist. However, for less prominent scars, you do not have to see a dermatologist for help. These include scars formed by injury to the skin that only affects the top layers of skin or from wounds that healed correctly, such as occur after surgery or with some cases of acne. Those scars that have not caused much damage to the collagen or to deeper layers of skin can typically be reduced by over the counter scar treatment creams. You can also use many of these scar reduction creams for pigmentation problems, such as hyperpigmentation, also known as dark spots. For hypopigmentation (aka white scars) tattooing a white scar flesh-colored is also an option. Over the counter creams are beneficial, but they do take time to work. If you do not see any improvement in the appearance of your scar or discoloration after you have been using the cream for a few months, then you should see a dermatologist for help.

A dermatologist can be your partner and best friend when it comes to ensuring you have smooth and flawless skin, especially when you are working to reduce the appearance of any scarring. They not only will be able to offer you help with the invasive procedures, but they can also provide expert advice on the best ingredients for an effective scar treatment cream.

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  1. The information on this site is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. Please speak to your doctor to treat any medical condition. Information on this site is not intended to be patient education, does not create any patient-physician relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.
  2. but how much does it cost to see a dermatologist? is insurance supposed to pay that because right now im sure my insurance wouldnt cover it

    • Hi Rya, based on location, Dermatologist fees vary. We’d recommend contacting your insurance’s customer service to find out if seeing a dermatologist is covered. If it is not, you may want to reach out to a few dermatologists local to you to inquire about cost, if it is based on a sliding scale, etc.

  3. Hi there,

    Since September, I have had pimple like spots develop on my face and have scarred on my face due to picking at my spots. I have a asian skin tone, and do not suffer from Achne.

    But my face is now covered with dark brown scars and I am very unhappy. I have extremely sensitive skin- I have been recently applying lemon to lighten the blemishes but see no change. Is there any suitable scar removing creams that are suitable for my case and more importantly for sensitive skin.


    • Hi Priya, lemon juice won’t lighten the blemishes and can actually cause photosensitivity when applied directly. You are on the right track though, since lemon juice does have vitamin c and that is what is needed to fade scars and dark spots. You’ll need to stop picking at these spots if you want any treatment to work. You can give InviCible Scars a try for 12 weeks and also wear sunscreen, since this scarring is on your face.

  4. what is the best over the counter product i could use to reduce the appearance of a scar (burn) caused from garlic .

  5. Is there any scar removal cream for an old injury scar on face…… Please help me out

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