Unfortunately, we need to say it straight - a scar is for life and not just a temporal post-op side effect. There is not much information is published regarding scarring, its management and treatments available. Acne scarring is probably the most highlighted and discussed of them all. With help of medical associations and our medical background and extensive operating theatre experience we constantly source plenty of proven scientific researches and obtain necessary technologies. We offer a variety of scarring treatments in our clinic.
Types of scars:
- Flat, pale scars
- Keloid scars
- Hypertrophic scars
- Pitted or sunken scars (atrophic or "ice-pick" scars)
- Scar contractures
- Hyper-pigmented scars
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What is a scar?
Scar is a mark on the skin which is left after a wound, injury, burns or surgical operation. Scarring is a natural part of the healing process after an injury. Its appearance and treatment depend on multiple factors.
Flat, pale scars
The most common type of scars are the flat, pale scar. Majority of people would have such scar on their body. Initially, they may be angry, red and raised after the wound has healed, but will become paler and flatter naturally over time as the skin heals. This process can take up to two years, and there will always be some visible evidence of the original wound.
These scars are not usually painful, although they may be itchy for a few months. They can also be quite dark in colour and unsightly. People with darker skin types tend to get pigmented or white scarring. This is often permanent, but can sometimes improve over time.
Hypertrophic scars are the result of an imbalance in the production of collagen in a healing wound. They do not extend beyond the margins of the original wound, but may continue to thicken for up to six months. A hypertrophic scar is a red, raised scar that forms along a wound and can have the following characteristics for around two to five years:
1. it can restrict movement because scar tissue is not as flexible as the original skin
2. it heals within the size of the original wound
3. the healing tissue is thicker than usual
4. it is red and raised initially, becoming flatter and paler with time
Pitted or sunken scars (atrophic or "ice-pick" scars)
Some scars caused by skin conditions such as acne and chickenpox can have a sunken or pitted appearance. They can also be the result of an injury, which may have included the loss of underlying fat.
Stretch marks are narrow lines that occur on the surface of the skin. Doctors often refer to stretch marks as stria. They can appear after pregnancy, as a result of weight gain or due to growth spurts during puberty. Most commonly affected areas are abdomen, buttocks, breasts and thighs. Stretch marks are often red or purple to start with, before gradually fading to a silvery-white colour.
What causes stretch marks?
Stretch marks are the result of the skin rapidly stretching. The middle layer of skin (dermis) breaks in places, allowing the deeper layers to show through.
Hypopigmented scars are often considerably lighter than surrounding skin and tend to be permanent. Hypopigmented scarring is a common complication, particularly in patients who have undergone surgical procedures, deep or medium-depth resurfacing procedures, or have a prior history of traumatic wounds or burns. Improving the appearance of hypopigmented scars has remained a challenge.
What treatments are available?
Depending on age of a scar and its type, a variety of treatments may be offered in our clinic such as Laser , Fractional Laser Resurfacing , Dermapen , PRP therapy or Endermologie. Scar is unlikely to disappear completely and our treatments or its combination will make it less visible and improve their appearance.
It isn't possible to prevent scars from forming, but there are measures you can take to help your scar to be less visible and heal quicker, such as using bio-oil, protecting the healing skin from physical friction, using silicone gels and protecting the healing wound from sun exposure.
Which treatment is the best?
Decision on which treatment is the best option for a scar can be made by Medical professional only. Therefore, the best way to find out about the technology, price and course of any treatment is to make an appointment for a FREE OF CHARGE consultation.
You will not be hustled or pushed into buying anything at your first consultation. It is designed and designated to provide necessary knowledge and understanding of the treatment and the technology used to assist you in making your own decision. Children from 16 years of age can have these treatment at Laserina Clinic if it is recommended by their GP.
The Scar Free Foundation charity set a bold ambition in July 2016. Based on over 15 years of pioneering research in disfigurement, wound healing and aesthetic research they aim to achieve scar free healing within a generation. Till this novice will be transformed from the research based ambitious revolution in skin healing into real post procedure skin recovery process one day, everybody who already scarred because of one reason or another will continue their life journey facing unsightly skin deformation every day and desire to improve its appearance.