Scars can have a variety of causes including surgery, accidents, burns or acne. Scars can be a constant reminder of an unpleasant experience or make people feel self-conscious.>
Scars are part of the natural healing process that occurs once the most superficial layer of the skin (epidermis) is breached and the underlying deeper layer (dermis) is damaged.
The body responds by producing the protein ‘collagen’ to heal and strengthen the wound. The body continues to produce new collagen for a minimum of 3 months whilst simultaneously increasing the blood supply to the area. This is why early scars typically have a raised, red, and lumpy appearance. Over time the body breaks down some of this collagen and reduces the blood supply causing the scar to take on a smoother, softer and paler appearance. The full process can take up to 2 years. After this they are unlikely to fade any further.
Scarring is unpredictable and varies between individuals. Some areas are known to be more at risk of scarring including the shoulder, chest and back, earlobes and any skin over a joint. Different types of scars include;
– Flat, pale scars – The most common type of scar, these represent mature, well healed scars.
– Hyertrophic scars – Raised red scars that occur within the boundaries of the original wound and fail to settle down.
– Keloid Scars – Excessive scar tissue which forms both at the site of injury and spreads beyond the boundaries of the original wound.
– Atrophic Scars – Also known as icepick, boxcar or rolling scars, these are characterised by sunken recess’ in the skin leading to a pitted appearance.
Using the latest silicone and laser technology Mr Sorene and his team are able to offer a full range of scar therapy, from prevention through early intervention, to treatment of long established scars.