The “did you knows” about scarring…
What is scarring?
A scar results from the biological process of wound repair in the skin and other tissues in the body thus making it a natural part of the healing process after an injury. Scar tissue is composed of the same protein (collagen) as the tissue that it replaces.
There are different types of scars:
Keloid or hypertrophic scars –
These scars are the result of an overly aggressive healing process. (When the body produces too much collagen) They extend beyond the original injury resulting in raised tissue on the skin’s surface.
Keloid scars are more common in darker skin types.
Atrophic or depressed scars – I.e. sunken scarring, they are sunken because they over extend the tissue, this type of scarring is often associated with acne don’t
Stretch marks – Stretch marks (technically called striae) are also a form of scarring. These are caused when the skin is stretched rapidly (for instance during pregnancy, significant weight gain, or adolescent growth spurts) or when skin is put under tension during the healing process, (usually near joints). This type of scar usually improves in appearance after a few years
How do we treat scars?
Chemical peels are chemicals which destroy the epidermis in a controlled manner, which may lead to exfoliation and the alleviation of certain skin conditions, including superficial acne scars. Various chemicals may be used depending upon the depth of the peel, and caution should be used, particularly for dark-skinned individuals and those individuals susceptible to keloid formation.
This method utilizes Platelets Rich Plasma which are derived Growth Factors, the growth factors work to help promote healthy collagen and elastin for accelerated tissue formation.
There are products that can help reduce its size and improve its appearance like Nourisil Scar treatment gel.
Results on any treatment may vary per individual as everybody is different and may respond differently to treatments mentioned.
Schedule in a consultation with one of our therapists for great advice on treating and managing scars.