Say Goodbye to Unsightly Scars

Scar revision treatments helpful in reducing scarring caused by previous surgeries, traumas or burns

“When there is significant damage to the skin, the body forms new collagen fibres to heal the wound which results in the formation of scars,” explains Dr. Trelles, plastic and laser surgeon at state-of-the-art dentistry, plastic and aesthetic laser surgery clinic Vilafortuny. “The damage to the skin may be a result of accidents, prior surgeries, skin conditions or burns the patient might have experienced in the past.”

When scars are formed, they are usually flat and pale, but when the body produces more collagen than needed to heal the wound, raised scars are formed. There are two types of raised scars: keloids and hypertrophic scars.

Keloids and hypertrophic scars are both a result of excessive collagen, but they act differently. Hypertrophic scar forms soon after the skin has been lacerated, while keloids may not begin forming for up to a year after the injury. Collagen fibre formation in keloids actively spreads into the nearby healthy tissue while hypertrophic scars remain contained within the original boundary of the injury. The surrounding healthy tissue is not affected.

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In comparison, atrophic scars are those that leave a pit or depression in the skin, and they have a wrinkled look. They occur when the injury to the skin has caused a loss of dermal tissue and the healing process did not produce enough collagen to replace the lost tissue. Atrophic scars are a common side effect of acne and other skin diseases.

“There are various kinds of laser treatments available depending on the type of scar patients are looking to revise. Laser treatment uses tiny beams of light that penetrate deep into the skin, stimulating collagen production. The healthy skin surrounding the area works to heal the damage done by laser therapy, resulting in healing of prior scarring,” says Dr Trelles.