Can you Get Rid Of Scars?
Our skin is one big organ and it is constantly replacing old skin cells to make way for new cells.
Should there be injury or trauma to that deep layer of skin (known as the dermis), the result is a rush to heal and renew the affected skin quickly. This is achieved by the body creating new collagen (a structural protein that gives skin its flexibility and support). At the same time, a scar will form - and it will look different to the rest of the skin - leaving a telltale sign of recent injury.
But it is not only deep wounds that cause scars...
What are the different types of scars?
- Basic scars are those most common scars with a flat and pale appearance. They may start darker but will gradually fade over the months, sometimes even to the extent that they are barely visible.
- Hypertrophic scars are more persistent, being raised but not exceeding the boundaries of the original injury. These type are less likely to fade on their own. Hypertrophic scars can be caused by surgery (such as skin surgery or other restorative surgical procedures involving the skin), injections, body piercings, acne or other trauma to the skin.
- Acne scars are generally only a problem with those who have suffered from a more severe type of acne, namely cystic acne. The appearance of acne scars is one of shallow and pitted scars which can be concentrated across the face.
C ontracture scars tightens the skin especially when they cover a large area. When they are severe, they can affect the muscles and nerves in the same area. are causedfrom burn-related injuries. This type of scar
- Keloid scars form when there has been a deep wound and the continual production of collagen to help in the healing extends beyond the boundary of the wound, forming a large and raised scar. This scar will resemble a growth and is often dark colored. When severe, these keloids can become large enough to interfere with movement or be a cause for embarrassment. There appears to be a genetic link to keloids meaning the problem can run in family. This type of scar is more common in people of African, Asian or Hispanic descent. Hypertrophic scars are sometimes confused with keloid scars. Although both similar in shape and size, a keloid scar will grow beyond the boundary of the wound or affected area while a hypertrophic scar will stay within the confines of the injury.
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More about hypertrophic scars
An hypertrophic scar formation is the body's response to trauma, inflammation, surgery or burns, and can even occur spontaneously. More common in young people and those with a darker skin, some will have a genetic tendency for this type of scarring.
If you have suffered from hypertrophic scars in the past, you should make sure you inform your medical team before undergoing surgery. They may suggest using pressure dressings on injuries (but these can cause other damage) or pressure pads (if a scar is removed surgically) to prevent a recurrence.
Hypertrophic scars are common after all types of operations and even cosmetic procedures
Especially if these are not properly managed.
Hypertrophic scars are more common on the breastbone, the ears and the shoulders but can appear on any part of the body. Hypertrophic scars do not carry on growing and spreading. Once the scar covers the wound, it will remain the same size for the time being. When you suffer an injury, the material inside the scar is collagen which is generated by the body to heal the injury beneath.
Hypertrophic scars have a firm feel and can even be rather sensitive to outside influences like changes in temperature or the texture of other material that is in contact like clothing. Although the scars do have blood vessels, they lack the oil glands and elastic tissue that normally protect the skin against irritation and this is why these scars can be painful or itchy.
If hypertrophic scars cover wide areas of skin (for example because of very large wounds or burns) movement can be seriously affected too.
There is some good news in that hypertrophic scars can partially heal themselves
Over a 12 to 18 month period, they can decrease in size, swelling and pain so that they shrink considerably and also lighten in color making them less visible but they will not disappear completely - there is usually a white scar of collagen as a permanent reminder.
How to help the healing process with scars?
- Silicone gels or sheets can be used on healing skin (not open wounds) to help soften and flatten a scar. They can also relieve itching and discomfort. These sheets should be placed over the scar for 12 hours a day for at least 3 months. They can be washed and reused.
- Steroids cannot remove scars completely but can improve their appearance. Corticosteroid injections can be used to treat some keloid and hypertrophic scars when the scar is injected a number of times to reduce any swelling and flatten it. Depending on the type of scar, the injections may need to be repeated. Treatment may continue for several months if the scar is improving.
- Laser or light therapy can reduce the redness in a scar by targeting the blood vessels in the excess scar tissue. For some pitted scars, laser surgery (laser resurfacing) is used to try to make the scar flatter which involves using a laser to remove the top layers of skin. This in turn helps to stimulate collagen production in the deeper layers.
- Cryotherapy is where liquid nitrogen is used to freeze keloid scars. If used in the early stages of scarring, this method may flatten keloid scars and stop them growing. A side effect of treatment is that it can lighten the color of the skin in the area being treated.
- Dermal fillers are those substances that can be injected to "plump up" pitted scars. This is an expensive and temporary treatment.
- Skin needling involves rolling a small device covered in hundreds of tiny needles across the skin. Repeat treatments are often needed to improve the appearance of scars with varying degrees of success.
- Surgery is one way of making a scar appear more natural, look less noticeable or even releasing a tight scar that is close to a joint to improve movement. There are always risks with surgery as well as the possibility of making the scar worse.
- Pressure dressings are used under specialist supervision for treating large burn scars or after skin grafts with the aim of flattening and softening the scars. Usually made from a stretchy, elastic material, they are worn over the scar all the time for six to twelve months. They can also be used with silicone gel sheets to improve the appearance of scars over a long period of time.
- Vitamin E cream is sometimes recommended for managing scars, massaging into a scar to stop it becoming dry and making it more supple.
Our own H-Scars Formula is a 100% natural solution for scars, reducing their appearance and promoting healthy skin and favorable scar tissue. Due to the cell regenerating and skin nourishing properties, when used as directed, the product will safely and gently reduce the appearance of new and older scars as well as keloid scars. The Formula promotes healthy skin tone and will help you to regain the appearance of scar-free skin.
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There is also another link which takes you to even more information on the subject of scars and how to handle them.
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