Scars are developed in the final healing stage of a wound that has damaged the dermis of the skin- the layer of tissue beneath the surface of the skin. Scars are composed of collagen, which is a naturally occurring protein in the body.
People can develop smooth scars that are level with the rest of their skin, or they could produce too much collagen and develop a raised scar- known as keloid scars or hypertrophic scars.
Scars may be a ‘badge of honour’ for some, however it has been reported that keloid and hypertrophic scars have resulted in lower patient quality of life, due to the appearance of the scar.
Other scars appear to be sunken into the skin, for example acne, surgery, or chicken pox scars may appear to penetrate lower into the skin than other scars. This is the result from fat or muscle tissue being lost.
Stretched skin can result in scarring as well. Pregnancy induced stretch marks are a prime example of this.
however many people turn to laser resurfacing treatments, minor surgery treatments to minimize or erase altogether the appearance of scarring. When scarring is impacting a person’s self-esteem, they may consider the idea of ridding themselves of their cause of embarrassment.
- Laser treatments require very little recovery time. Instead of stripping the skin of its top layer, and leaving an open wound to heal, laser resurfacing treatments penetrate laser energy into the collagen of the skin and use energy to destroy small blood vessels, and alter collagen production.
- Filler injections can be effective for treating sunken scars.
The advanced technologies available today offer the opportunity to smooth out the facial skin by erasing acne scars, reduce the appearance of stretch marks and eliminate the traces of old wounds.
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