Scars are formed by the body in an attempt to heal itself when the skin has been damaged. They can form after an injury, surgery, or due to skin conditions such as acne. They can appear flat or enlarged and swollen, and range in colour.
It is important to understand the different types of scars before you look for a suitable treatment. The type of scarring you have will determine the treatment you will need.
What are the common types of scars?
There are a lot of different types of scars you can develop in your lifetime. The main ones include keloid, hypertrophic, and contractures. Keloid scars tend to be thicker, appearing dark red in colour.
They are made up of collagen and are produced once a wound has healed. These types of scars tend to be the most difficult to treat. However, modern techniques can greatly reduce their appearance.
Hypertrophic scars are similar to keloid scars, but they are much easier to treat. They tend to be confined to the injury site, and they have a thick, raised appearance. Determining the type of scar you have will identify the best course of treatment.
Is it possible to improve permanent scars?
You cannot remove scars completely, but there are ways to reduce them. The success of the treatment will depend upon the severity and type of scarring you have. A thorough assessment will be provided before the best course of treatment is identified.
ASSOCIATED PROCEDURES: Scar Reduction/Revision, Skin Pen, iPixel, V Beam
TREATMENT OPTION: SKIN PEN
SkinPen is a collagen induction therapy procedure for the treatment of ageing, wrinkles and scarring.
It creates thousands of controlled micro-injuries in the skin to trigger the body’s natural wound healing process. This process results in the formation and remodelling of collagen and is an effective procedure for lots of skin concerns including scars.FIND OUT MORE
TREATMENT OPTION: V BEAM
The V Beam is a non-ablative laser treatment that produces an intense but gentle burst of light that safely treat a multitude of vascular skin conditions, without damaging the surrounding skin and tissue. It is also highly effective at reducing redness in scars.FIND OUT MORE
TREATMENT OPTION: IPIXEL
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This ablative skin resurfacing laser stimulates new collagen and elastin production, which improves the volume and texture of your skin, as well as minimising the appearance of age spots, sun damage and scars.