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If you have scars from surgery, acne, minor skin wounds or trauma you may not be happy with your appearance. Some scars are flat and smooth and as they fade over time, don’t look that noticeable. Others may be Keloid, hypertrophic or atrophic scars that blemish a person’s skin and can make them feel unattractive and self-conscious.
Keloid Scars – Keloid scars are scars that spread beyond the area of injury.
>Hypertrophic Scars – Hypertrophic scars develop when, during the healing period, excessive amounts of collagen are formed and this causes the scar to have a lumpy, raised appearance.
Atrophic Scars - Atrophic scars have a pitted or sunken appearance. They are caused by the destruction of collagen in response to inflammation. Inflammation is an immune system reaction and occurs after injury or illness when the body’s immune system sends white blood cells and other anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties to the site of the injury to aid in healing. This rush of beneficial cells to the area causes the characteristic swelling and redness that we call inflammation. Unfortunately this usually positive part of the healing process can have side-effects, particularly if the inflammation is chronic, and can sometimes result in atrophic scarring.
Having treatment for acne, eczema or another skin condition could prevent the development of atrophic scars in some cases.
Treatment depends on the type of scar you have but can include:
Silicone Gel Sheets – This is a self-adhesive sheet with silicone gel on it that covers the scar and helps to hydrate it. This simple treatment is sometimes used to relieve sensitivity in the scar.
Laser Therapy – Laser beams are directed at the troublesome scar to make it disintegrate, or in the case of larger scars, to remove them. Once the laser has been removed, the scars are removed with a saline soaked cloth. You should apply a cold compress several times a day for the first 24 hours and use aqueous cream for moisturisation in the first five days afterwards. Laser therapy is normally performed with a local anaesthetic for your comfort.
You may experience blistering or infection and if you have acne you could have a flare-up but you will see results immediately, especially if you have a large scar.
Corticosteroid Injections – If you have a hypertrophic scar caused by too much collagen, having corticosteroid injections into the scar tissue can inhibit collagen formation. This injection is also ideal for keloid scars and can reduce the size of your scars.
Collagen Fillers – This cosmetic filler used to plump up the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and facial lines can be used to treat atrophic scars (those caused by the destruction of collagen due to inflammation).
Microdermabrasion – This involves removing the top layer of skin along with the scar tissue. This can be achieved by chemical peels such as salt peel which is less invasive than laser therapy.
To discuss your scars and your treatment options you can contact The Medical Park for your personalised consultation with a expert cosmetic surgeon.
The material on this site is for informational purpose only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treetment provided by a qualified healthcare provider.
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