Types of Scars
Below is an overview of some of the main types of scars based on their clinical appearances. They include: -The
It is fairly thick, pink, firm, raised and usually occurs within the edges of a wound and is known to regress or gradually flatten with time.
The Keloid Scar
It resembles the hypertrophic scar, the only difference is the fact that it slightly extends beyond the margins of the wounds and has a tendency of building overtime.
The Atrophic Scar
It forms depressed pin like pockets on the skin and is mostly caused by skin conditions and diseases such as chicken pox and acne.
The Contracture scar
Characteristic of a tightened texture, it is caused by a burn and may sometimes go slightly deeper as a result affecting underlying muscles which in turn impairs free movement.
They are distinct red or purple lines of wrinkled skin as a result of weight loss or weight gain.
General idea of Scar Removal Treatments
Although it is not possible to get rid of a scar, its appearance can be made invisible through scar removal procedures such as microdemabrasion, injection and in some instances through the use of certain medications as well as through surgical revisions.
Laser scar removal was introduced back in the 1980s and has since grown into one of the most effective scar removal treatments. Early procedures were mostly undertaken using the Nd:YAG laser and sometimes using the CO2 ablative laser all of which were largely associated with a high rate of scar recurrence, undesirable side effects, modest results and extended downtime. All that is now in the past since new technology (fractional laser resurfacing) has completely redefined laser scar removal.