When skin is damaged or lost, the body naturally heals it. With the fibrous tissue usually composing the skin, the mark left is called a scar. There are many different types of scars that get formed for various reasons and they can appear anywhere on the body. A scar cannot be removed, however there are procedures that can minimize the appearance and pain of one. The lighter a scar is, the easier it would heal, and it is less likely for the scar to get more severe. Because of the structure of a scar, it looks different from normal skin.
A concern that may come from having scars is having one suddenly appear with no source. You should call a dermatologist if this is the case as it is a symptom of skin cancer. The type of scar and the severity potential is dependent on multiple factors: age, genetics, type, size, location, color. There are five main types of scars: normotrophic, atrophic, hypertrophic, keloid, and contracture.
Normotrophic scars are very light and are usually not a concern. Atrophic scars form when healing occurs under the skin. They usually result from cystic acne and may come from chickenpox as well. The three types are: icepick, boxcar, and rolling. Hypertrophic scars are thick clusters of scar tissue and may change size or color over time. Keloid scars are larger and more spread out. They typically appear in places with minimal fatty tissue. Contracture scars happen when there is tissue loss, like a burn, and there is no elastin present.
This is a list of treatments for all kinds of scars:
- Chemical peels
- Collagen injections
- Cortisone injections
- Laser resurfacing
- Punch grafts
- Surgical scar revision
- Radiation therapy
- Prescription creams
There are other alternative options as well:
- Scar therapy
- Laser resurfacing
- Steroid injections
At Magna Doctors, we have pre-negotiated prices and we will instantly match you with qualified providers. You may even get discounted prices from your current providers. Magna Doctors saves patients an average of 40% off of their desired procedures. Take a look at how MagnaDoctors can save you up to 40% off in a matter of minutes.