What causes scars?
Scars form when the deep layer of the skin, called the dermis, is damaged. When you have a wound, the body responds by creating collagen fibres to mend the damage. This isn’t produced in a uniform manner, and so can appear differently to our “classic” smooth skin. As a result, the skin produced from a wound, has a different texture and quality than its surrounding tissue.
Scars can change in severity. Some scars can be pale and smooth, others can be pitted or raised and keloid. There is no reason as to why scars vary in severity, but treatment is available to reduce or remove scars.
For heavy scarring, we would recommend undergoing a course of CO2 laser treatment which can resurface the skin. At Health & Aesthetics our CO2 laser uses a matrix of light points which vary in intensity and is perfect for those with deep scars.
For those with lighter scarring, we would recommend the iPixel Erbium laser using the FDA approved Harmony Laser by Alma Lasers. This is a new generation of fractional skin resurfacing which can improve light scarring and has less downtime than the CO2 laser.
The treatments work by stimulating the formation of new collagen in the skin. This natural process takes time, so results will usually only start to appear around 3 months after the first treatment. You will then continue to see improvement for up to 6-8 months.
When looking to improve the skins quality, promote healing and a healthy collagen production, using Skinade is vital. We recommend all of our patients to consider using Skinade which is clinically proven to increase the body’s production of collagen and improve skin health. When used prior to and after treatment for scarring, this will help to improve recovery time and results.
Treatment for Stretch Marks
Stretch marks develop due to pregnancy, weight gain and growth. They can be treated by a variety of methods. These include the SkinPen (micro-needling) treatment or the iPixel Erbium laser. These will all result in the stretch mark looking flatter, tighter and better. The stretch marks cannot be completely removed but will be dramatically improved through treatment.
Treating Keloid Scars
Some scars do not heal flat and become lumpy and larger than the original wound. These are known as keloid or hypertrophic scars.
When the skin is broken the body produces collagen to aid the healing process. In some people, too much collagen is produced, which causes the scar to become large and raised.
Keloid scars can appear anywhere on the body. They can be reddish in colour, itchy and occasionally painful. They can also be disfiguring and cause embarrassment. Keloid scars are more common in African and Indian communities.
Corticosteroid injections can be used to treat keloid and hypertrophic scars, which will result in the scar flattening and looking better. The scar cannot be completely removed but will be dramatically improved. You will need at least three treatments at six weekly intervals.