Regardless of the cause, wound scars are something everyone has to deal with at some point and it’s not a mark of happiness. Whether big or small, they’re an amazing example of the miraculous way skin recovers when it’s wounded and you can take action along the way to ensure any scar you get looks as normal as possible.
Scar formation itself is often an imperfect process. The formation of a scar is literally the re-forming of damaged skin. It involves multiple factors and processes, from hereditary influence to health concerns, diet, and lifestyle choices like smoking, sun tanning, and alcohol consumption (Hint: Unhealthy lifestyle choices hurt skin to its core, including its ability to heal from wounds). Depending on the depth of the damage, scars can be flat or raised; red, tan, or dark in colour; almost invisible or way too obvious; straight, round, ragged, or snake-like; or even look like tire treads. None of these looks are what anyone hopes to have left over from skin damage.
Types of Wound Scars
A scar can be a fine line or a pitted hole on the skin, or an abnormal overgrowth of tissue. Know them well to understand the treatments better.
- Normal fine-line scars
A minor wound like a cut will usually heal to leave a red, raised line, which will gradually get paler and flatter over time. Fine-line scars are common following a wound or after surgery. They aren’t usually painful, but they may be itchy for a few months.
- Keloid Scars
A keloid scar is an overgrowth of tissue that occurs when too much collagen is produced at the site of the wound. The scar keeps growing, even after the wound has healed. Keloid scars are raised above the skin and are red or purple when newly formed, before gradually becoming paler. They’re often itchy or painful, and can restrict movement if they’re tight and near a joint.
- Hypertrophic scars
Like keloid scars, hypertrophic scars are the result of excess collagen being produced at the site of a wound. But not as much collagen is produced in hypertrophic scars compared with keloid scars. Also, unlike keloid scars, hypertrophic scars don’t extend beyond the boundary of the original wound, but they may continue to thicken for up to six months. Hypertrophic scars are red and puffier to start with, before becoming flatter and paler over the course of several years.
- Pitted or sunken scars
Some scars caused by skin conditions, such as acne and chickenpox, can have a sunken or pitted appearance. Pitted scars, also known as atrophic or “ice-pick” scars, can also occur as a result of an injury that causes a loss of underlying fat.
- Scar contractures
Scar contractures are often caused by burns. They occur when the skin “shrinks”, leading to tightness and a restriction in movement.
How To Remove Wound Scars?
Leaving wounds uncovered usually leads to formation of a scab which can lead to unsightly scars. Nowadays there is a lot can you do to ensure fast and speedy recovery if you have suffered from impairment to your skin – all thanks to new technologies and medical insights.
Skin City offers safe and effective wound scar treatments to help with scar concerns. We can treat all varieties of scar such as keloid, acne, hypertrophic and stretch marks. The available treatments include Ultra Pulse SCAAR FX, Deep FX, Active FX, Pixel, DYE VL, injections etc. Burn Scars, Hypertrophic scars, Keloids, post-surgical scars, post accidental scars, chicken pox scars, and acne scars are effectively treated with a holistic combination approach. Lasers like Scar FX and our signature Derma Transport achieves 60 to 100% improvement in all 4 parameters such as thickness, elasticity (flexibility), surface & textural regularity.
Which Wound Scar Removal Treatment Is Best For You?
Before deciding to have treatment, our expert dermatologists at Skin City will medically examine the areas and advise the best suitable treatment for your scar. We will also discuss what you’re hoping to gain from the treatment and the results you can realistically expect. All procedures are performed by an experienced and cosmetic dermatologist at our clinics. Every time the skin or tissue is cut or damaged it will heal by forming a scar. Various factors influence how your skin scars including the depth and size of the wound or incision, the location of the injury, skin type, age, heredity, sex, and ethnicity. These factors will all affect how your skin reacts. We cannot guarantee a complete removal, but we give your body the very best chance.
Book a no-obligation consultation with our Skin Specialist to find out more about how we can help you. Call us on +91 9890225577/+91 9422458130 and our friendly skincare professionals will get back to you shortly.