By Bahar Ozbal • Medical review by Ege Ozgentas, MD on March 24, 2022
Scar treatment is the surgical and nonsurgical procedures performed to reduce the visibility of scars on the face and body.
Scars are part of the normal healing and replacing process of a lost or damaged skin. All scars come with a story and may be formed for many different reasons.
Scar treatments can be planned after major traumas that may cause scars like traffic accidents, or they may also be conceived in milder traumas which may cause scars such as acne and falls.
Several effective treatments can make scars flatter or less noticeable. After treatment, you may not even notice the scar at all.
As mentioned Turkey is one of the leading countries on scar treatment. There are various treatments that can be performed, by the type of the scar. Scar treatment costs in Turkey differ due to the treatment needed.
Turkey provides comprehensive, up-to-date and effective approaches to treat scars from all causes. Also, Turkey offers all-inclusive package prices for the abroad patients which makes the treatment considered more affordable.
All-inclusive packages include hotel stayings, transfers and treatment costs. A scar removal treatment in Turkey costs approximately $1247 - $ 3000 According to the treatment needed and length of the treatment this price may be less or more.
Does Insurance Coverage Apply to Scar Treatments?
In general, most of the scar revision procedures and lasers are not covered by insurance. However, when it comes to surgical procedures, according to the individuals insurance deals, insurance may cover medical treatments for scars.
The possible treatments for scars vary due to the type of the scar. While the scars that are caused by cuts or other injuries or wounds are able to be treated with creams, oils, lotions...etc.; the deeper scars may need surgeries.
The possible scar removal treatments include; medicated, topical applications, injections such as vitamin C serums, dermabrasion, laser assisted scar revision treatments, steroid creams or tablets, placing silicone sheets and skin grafting, cryotherapy or scar revision surgery.
What Are The Types of Scars?
Scars can be classified under 5 types. Fine line scars, keloid scars, hypertrophic scars, pitted or sunken scars and scar contractures.
Fine-line scars can be formed after a wound or surgery. These types of scars, that are caused by small surgical incisions and minor injuries usually turn white and flatten out over time.
A keloid scar is a thick, enlarged and raised scar that can develop even after a very minor skin damage. Keloid scars can be pink, red, the same color or darker than surrounding skin.
Most often keloid scars can be seen around the minimal fatty tissues takes place such as earlobes, shoulders, cheeks or the chest.
A hypertrophic scar is the result of skin trauma, burns or surgical incisions. Hypertrophic scars may widen or change color over time. According to the scar volume, medication, freezing, injections, lasers or surgery will be planned.
Pitted or Sunken Scars:
They’re most commonly the result of severe acne, especially cystic acne. Chicken pox scars fall into this category too. Pitted scars (atrophic), may also happen as a result of an injury which causes a loss of underlying fat.
Scar contractures are often caused by burns. Burns leads tissue loss and needs special treatment.
Scar treatments are performed in many different ways depending on the reason that causes scars. Mostly the type of the treatment is classified by the name that causes the scar such as "Acne scar treatment", "Keloid scar treatment", "Hypertrophic scar treatment" "Contracture scars treatment".
Laser Treatments – is one of the most effective treatments prefered to remove redness, uneven tone, and differing textures, including thickening and contracture, from scar tissue formation.
Injectable Fillers – is generally preferred to treat atrophic scars caused by acne or chickenpox. With injectable dermal fillers it is able to restore the smooth, fullness of skin.
Chemical Peels – this is usually preferred for the cases where skin texture and tone irregularities. Chemical peels help to smooth the appearance caused by the scar.
Radiofrequency Microneedling – this treatment is more likely to chemical peels. With Radiofrequency Microneedling skin irregularities caused by scarring are removed and restore a healthy, even skin tone and texture.
Steroids – Scars like keloid occur when too much collagen is produced at the site of a wound. Injected steroids impact the production of collagen. Steroids are an effective treatment especially in case of raised scars.
Cryotherapy: This treatment is generally used for smaller, raised scars. Cryotherapy is performed by freezing off scar tissues.
Surgical scar revision: This process involves surgically removing your entire scar and then repairing the skin.
What is The Best Treatment for Scars?
There are many treatments available to minimize the appearance of scarring, but not all of them are effective. The type of scar, size, location, and skin involvement is decisive on determining which treatment will be chosen.
Over all, laser scar removal and laser treatments are the most widely used methods to get rid of scars.
The best candidates for scar removal are those who have visible scarring on the face or body. There are two main groups of individuals who are candidates for scar treatment procedures.
The first group is anyone who wants to hide/minimize their scars. The procedures such as acne scar treatment are categorized in this first group. Facial scar treatment, Acne scar treatment, Laser scar treatment are mostly performed procedures for the individuals in this first group.
The second group of individuals that are suitable for scar treatment are the ones who have movement impaired due to scars, primarily contracture scars. Keloid scar treatment, Hypertrophic scar treatment, Scar removal treatment are the treatments that may take part in this group.
In both the individuals have to be physically healthy. The best candidates for scar treatment may be the individuals from any age, who have a scar anywhere on the body.
Are There Any Risks or Side Effects of Scar Treatment?
Scar treatments have minimal risks just like all the other cosmetic and surgical procedures. The risks vary for every individual and every type of procedure. However, scar treatment procedures have some main risks or side effects in common such as swelling, bruising and redness. Scar treatments are relatively safe procedures.
Recovery times after scar revisions vary, but it may take 3 to 10 days for your skin to heal. According to the scar treatment type it may take weeks or months to notice a difference. It's important to keep calm and patient for the results to come. While the scars are healing, it is important to avoid sun exposure. Keep your scars away from the sun for at least one year following your surgery.
The Scar Treatment Program in Turkey provides comprehensive, up-to-date and effective approaches to treat scars from all causes. What makes Turkey a popular destination on scar treatments is; Turkey is the world’s first country that performs face transplant surgery twice with 100% success rate seen first of it’s surgical kind.
Turkey has many surgeons that are the leading experts in the field with actively engaged in research on new and innovative scar treatment strategies.
The Advantages of Scar Treatment in Istanbul?
Istanbul is the leading city of Turkey, that has lots of clinics and hospitals with comprised plastic surgeons, reconstructive makeup consultants, physical and occupational therapists, as well as psychiatrists specialized in the treatment of traumatic injury and pain.
Scar treatment in Istanbul/Turkey offers many benefits to the individuals that are in the need of taking scar treatment. First of all it is safe and with affordable prices you can get the best treatment from the experts of the field. Besides your treatment process you may have the chance to explore both cultural and natural beauties of İstanbul.
Written on 17/07/2019
Last Update: 27/06/2022
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