Say Goodbye to Scars: Understanding Types, Causes, and Effective Treatments

We’ve all got ‘em.

Did you fall off a bike when you were a kid? Picked at a scab or at acne? Stretch marks? C-Section? Had a surgical procedure done and left with them? 

Yep, we’re talking about scars … and not the emotional kind. 

Scarring is a natural part of the body’s response to damage to the skin, which as you know, is the largest organ and responsible for the protection of your internal workings. Trauma to the skin, such as cuts, scrapes, and surgical incisions, can result in scar tissue, as the body works to replace lost or damaged skin.  There are many different types of scars and treatments to erase the painful memory away, but let’s start with the basics: 

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How does a scar form?

Scars are formed during the wound-healing process, which involves three main stages:

a. Inflammatory Phase: After an injury, the body responds by sending platelets to form a clot, preventing excessive bleeding. The body then releases chemicals that cause inflammation, leading to redness, swelling, and tenderness around the wound.

b. Proliferative Phase: During this stage, the body produces collagen fibers to repair the damaged tissues. The type of collagen formed and its arrangement determine the appearance and texture of the scar.

c. Remodeling Phase: Over time, the body continues to modify the scar tissue, reducing its size and improving its appearance. This phase can take several months to years, depending on the individual and the wound’s severity.

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Types of Scars

There are many different types of scars, with many different characteristics, and the four most common are:

What are Keloid scars

which result from a healing process that is more aggressive than the natural healing process, often extend past the original injury and may hinder movement over time. Treating an injury with pressure treatments or gel/silicone pads may help prevent keloid scars from forming, but in the event that they do, they can be treated with cryotherapy or radiofrequency treatments to smooth, flatten, or improve the discoloration of the scar. Keloid scars are very common among people who fall on the higher end of the Fitzpatrick scale.

what are Contracture scars

occur in response to your skin being burned and may tighten skin, which could, in turn, affect your movement. There is a chance for contracture scars to affect multiple layers of your skin and possibly deeper, into your muscles and nerves. In cases of large contracture scars, skin grafts are often used to repair the damage to the skin.

What are Hypertrophic scars 

are raised, red scars that are similar to keloids, with the difference being that they do not extend past the original injury. Hypertrophic scars can be effectively treated with radio frequency or the injection of steroids to decrease inflammation.

What are Acne scars

which we’ve discussed in our acne blog, are usually caused by a break in the follicle wall of your skin, which occurs when a clogged pore swells. Your skin will attempt to repair the break by creating new collagen fibers, but the repairs won’t usually be as smooth as your original skin. Acne scars are considered either “ice pick” scars, which are usually small holes in your skin, or “boxcar” scars, which are depressed areas that resemble chickenpox scars. We are able to treat acne scars with chemical peels, microdermabrasion treatments, and V-IPL treatments.

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How to Treat Scars and Scaring

At Skincare & Moore, we understand how difficult it can be to deal with scarring. We are able to utilize a variety of methods to treat and reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks, including IPL, chemical peels, Morpheus8 and microdermabrasion treatments. Our scar reduction and removal treatments provide an effective solution with a high standard of efficacy, and our main focus is patient trust and loyalty. Book a consultation and allow us to help you achieve the skin of your dreams!

Looking to erase a Scar?

Booking a consultation at Skincare and Moore is an excellent first step, as we can sit down one-on-one with you and provide details and guidance for your unique personal circumstances. Our team has over thirty years of combined professional experience, an extensive knowledge base, and expertise in aesthetics’ visual and medical components. In addition to beautiful results, our clients receive valuable education on treatment plans and aftercare instructions and can turn to our dedicated team at any time with questions or concerns. 

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