A scar is the result of a trauma or injury that damages the lower layers of the skin. When these layers are damaged, abnormal tissue starts to form, which can affect the texture and colour of the upper layers of the skin.
Scars can affect any type of skin, regardless of the colour or condition but the more damage was done, the larger and prominent a scar can be.
Along with leaving a blemish on the skin, scar tissue can actually also affect other bodily functions such as sweating. Age and sun damage can make scars worse over time, which is why it’s so important to protect your skin whenever you step outside.
Fortunately, there are a number of treatments available that will reduce the appearance of your scars, including chemical peels, fillers, microdermabrasion and laser therapy. There are also a number of vitamins and products that can be used to further enhance the effects of these treatments.
- Common scar types & the ideal treatments
- Rolling Scars. These wave-like scars tend to leave minor depressions in the skin and are usually the result of acne. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion are the two more popular treatments for this specific type of scar.
- Stretch Marks. Stretch marks are the result of the lower layers of the skin are stretched, which is why they are common amongst pregnant women and people who have experienced weight gain or loss. Skin needling and laser therapy are some of the better ways to treat stretch mark scars.
- Atrophic Scars. These scars are most commonly associated with acne and chicken pox and create superficial pitting on the skin. They also tend to have blue or red undertones. The best way to treat these types of scars is with low intensity laser therapy or skin needling, which will smooth the surface of the skin.
- Hypertrophic Scars. This particular type of scar is generally more raised and is the result of a major skin trauma. Laser treatments are the best course of action for these types of scars, ideally as soon as possible after the scar has formed. MIRA Clinic is specialised in laser skin treatments and will often also use skin needling and dermal fillers to further refine and resurface the damaged skin.
- Ice Pick Scars. These are one of the more severe types of scars and usually occur on the chin, cheeks or nose. Dermal fillers and laser treatments are two of the best ways fill in the pits that are created by this type of scar. Again, skin needling can be used as an additional method for smoothing out the skin.
- Keloid Scars. This is another raised type of scar but it extends far beyond the original injury site. Keloids are much more common on darker skin tones and when not treated correctly, can continue to grow. Laser therapy is the only way to safely and effectively treat these types of scars.
Regardless of the type of scar reduction treatment you decide on, be sure to choose a reputable clinic who has the necessary experience to assist you with your specific problem.