Skin scarring is a common issue many of us face at some point in our lives, whether it's from acne, injuries, surgeries, or other skin conditions. But here's the good news: treatments are available to help minimise those scars and boost your confidence. From high-tech wonders like lasers and microneedling to topical solutions, there's a world of possibilities to choose from. The key is finding what works best for you, so you can put those worries about skin scars behind you and feel great about your skin again.
Advanced treatments are suitable regardless of the scar's age. Your Specialist may consider Platelet Rich Plasma PRP, MORPHEUS8 RF Microneedling, Injectables (Filler), Laser Resurfacing, or others.
For scarring older than two years, taking Vitamin C, applying Vitamin E, Bio-Oil (or similar) may also be helpful. We recommend you check with your skin Specialist for appropriate skin care for your particular type of scarring.
What is a scar?
A scar is a mark left on the skin or within body tissue as a result of a wound, burn, or sore, and fibrous connective tissue has developed as part of the healing process. Scars may cause a lot of distress to the person because of their appearance but also because they may interfere with function and movement as well as causing tightness, pain, and itch.
What types of scars are there?
Most scars are red and thickened at first but gradually settle down to a flatter, softer, and paler state, mostly within two years. However, in a small percentage of cases, the scar “overheals” and becomes thicker and harder than usual and this may take much longer to eventually settle. This is called a hypertrophic scar. In an even smaller percentage of cases, around 3-4%, there is a genetic defect where the healing of the scar fails to cease and the scar becomes significantly larger and harder, sometimes grossly so. This is called a keloid scar, and this scar will not improve on its own and needs to be treated.
Can you remove a scar?
Although some scars, and in particular acne scarring on the face can be partly or entirely removed most other scars elsewhere on the body cannot. However, the good news is that with medical advances in the range and types of available treatments, their appearance can now usually be significantly improved with satisfying results. Results will depend on the nature of the scar, where it is located, and the individual’s skin type.
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