Scarring can occur from a cut, burn, puncture, acne, or after a surgical procedure. We can thus conclude that the formation of the scars is a result of the body’s natural healing process.
Even though the scar tissue is made up of the same protein called collagen, it differs in composition from the normal healthy tissue. Standard healthy collagen fibers are seen as a basketweave formation, while in scar tissue, the collagen fibers align in a single direction.
The scars can be classified as Hypertrophic when they appear raised red lump on the skin.
They are caused by the overproduction of collagen. They are usually seen 4-8 weeks after the incidence following the infection and do not grow beyond this time.
Keloid scars can be seen on anyone but are more frequently seen on people with darker skin. These are more severe kinds of scars as they can grow indefinitely, taking a tumorous form. They are usually seen after surgery, body piercing, acne, or any injury.
Atrophic scars are caused due to the breakdown of underlying collagen or fat taking a sunken or pitted appearance. This is the typical kind of scars seen on people suffering from acne, smallpox, or any other type of injury.
Although only aesthetic in nature, the scars can affect an individual psychologically. The scars cannot be erased completely, but there is an improvement in appearance over time. A variety of treatment options are available today to soften and improve the extent of scarring.
We offer very useful Fractional Skin Resurfacing Laser Treatment to minimize the apparent look of the surgical scars.