Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Scar Prevention 101

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We can’t always protect our skin from injury. Accidents happen. While the injury itself can be difficult to bear, the potential for permanent scarring can be even more detrimental. Scar prevention can be done at any age. While it is not possible to completely prevent all types of scars, there are certainly steps you can take to reduce the potential or lessen the severity of scarring.

It is important to first understand why and how scars form. Scarring is part of your body’s natural healing process. When our skin gets injured or damaged, the body triggers a response to form more collagen to repair the area. Unfortunately, this “overdrive” of collagen production develops healing tissues that don’t always contain the normal parts of skin. This atypical patch of healed skin appears as a scar. The depth of the injury, skin color and skin thickness all influence the way the scar looks.

It is also important to realize that all scars are not created equal. There are normal scars that appear thin, small and flat as well as hypertrophic scars that are more raised, thicker and red in color. Keloid scars, however, typically needs professional treatment. Keloids are often genetic and can produce raised, dark scars that extend beyond the actual wound borders. At Olansky Dermatology, we proudly provide keloid scar treatment.

Tips For Preventing Scars

In general, the less work your body has to do on its own to heal the injury, the less likely you will suffer residual scarring. The following steps are important:

  • Don’t delay stitches: If you suspect that your skin cut needs stitches, don’t wait. Sewing the skin together in a timely manner will reduce the chances for bacteria contamination and also prevent the skin from trying to partially heal on its own, which can make scarring more likely.
  • Keep it moist: Your skin heals best when it is moist. If needed, apply petroleum jelly to the wound and keep it covered to prevent drying out.
  • Protect it from the sun: To prevent discoloration on these fresh tissues of healed skin, avoid sun exposure or wear a high SPF sunscreen on the area.
  • Don’t pick: This can be a major temptation, especially for kids. However, picking at your scabs disrupts your body’s natural healing process and greatly increases your chances for scarring. It is best to be patient, healing takes time.

At Olansky Dermatology Associates, we can help you reduce scarring. We are experienced skin care experts with the ability to treat normal and keloid scars using the most proven techniques available.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates
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Olansky Dermatology AssociatesAtlanta Dermatologist
3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 355-5484
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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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Olansky Dermatology Associates

4.7/ 5.0

Based on 229 reviews

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

Tamima D.

My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
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Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!

Lindsay S.

I have been going to Olansky Dematology for many years now, whether for a specific problem, or just for a really great deep facial, and I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. Every single staff member is knowledgeable and professional. The customer service I receive every visit leaves a positive and lasting impression. I always feel comfortable and at ease while I am there. Great staff!

Janet R.

I seem to live at this place! Whether it’s for an appointment with a doctor or for an aesthetic treatment, I am there frequently. I cannot say enough good things. Efficient, friendly, the best doctors, and a new aesthetic center with the latest in procedures and products to keep us looking almost as young as we feel. It’s always fun to see Emily and she knows just what to recommend.