Scars form when the dermis (deep, thick layer of skin) is damaged. The body forms new collagen fibers (a naturally occurring protein in the body) to mend the damage, resulting in a scar. The new scar tissue will have a different texture and quality than the surrounding tissue. Scars form after a wound is completely healed.
Some scars can have a sunken or pitted appearance. This kind of scarring occurs when underlying structures supporting the skin (for example, fat or muscle) are lost. Some surgical scars have this appearance, as do some scars from acne.
Scars are the outcome of injury repair and are composed mostly of fiborous tissue. Scars vary in texture and size according to severity of trauma received–the deeper the wound the more intense the scar.
Scar Types Include:
- Hypertophic / Keloids Scars – these scars are characterized redness and a raised border caused by excess collagen production.
- Contracture scars – are remnants of burns or more severe injury. These scars may affect mobility if they span large areas or if their depth reaches muscles or nerves.
- Acne scars – appear as pitted marks across the face and serve as a bad reminder of adolescence.
Treatments Include: Chemical Peel, Microdermabrasion, Filler Injections, Laser Treatments.
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