While some scars can fade away and gently blend with the surrounding skin, there are scars that are markedly visible. Their color, size, shape, and location often make them stand out. Scarring usually happens when an injury or wound does not close up properly, and its natural healing process is interrupted – either due to infection or because it was strained in some way. However, scars can also happen with wounds and injuries that healed well. This can happen if the skin or tissue suffered significant trauma.
Microneedling is a process that involves piercing the skin with tiny needles to create multiple micro-injuries – as a result, the body’s natural healing process is stimulated. Needles can also break up scar tissue thus kick-starting production of new collagen. Performed as an in-office procedure, Microneedling is suitable for all skin types and tones. Recovery can take 2-3 days.
Laser Resurfacing uses laser energy to heat and damage deeper layers of skin tissue. This triggers the natural healing process of the body and results in the production of healthy collagen. They can be effective against both surgical scars and scars caused by trauma. Pulsed dye laser and the Fraxel are two commonly used laser treatments for reducing the appearance of scars.
Atrophic scars such as acne can be effectively treated with a minor surgical procedure called Subcision. The treatment involves using a sharp needle edge to navigate below the scar surface in order to cut the fibers which hold the scar to its tissue bed. However, in order to reduce pain, bruising, and swelling, a blunt cannula tip might be used.
Surgical Scar Removal is used to revise the appearance of scars and make them less visible by cutting out or excising the scar. The edges of the excised scar are then sutured together. Surgical Scar Removal can be effective against raised (keloids, contracture) scars. Skin grafting or tissue expansion may be used if deeper tissue needs to be excised in order to cut out the original scar.
A number of products such as aloe vera, cocoa butter, pure vitamin E are also popularly used for treating scars. Their effectiveness, however, is not well documented. Most medical professionals will always recommend the application of topical silicone gel or silicone sheets as more effective forms of scar treatment.
During an injury, the body produces collagen to provide strength to the skin structure. However, another important component, elastin, is not produced – elastin fibers provide the skin with elasticity. Without the elastin fibers, the skin grows tough, appears much thicker, and is different in color, tone, and texture from the surrounding skin.
A number of factors can impact the severity of scarring as well as the type of scar your body produces. These include – your age, skin color, genetics, as well as the location, size, and type of injury. As you age, the body’s ability to heal slows down. People with darker complexions are also more prone to raised scars.
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