Any injuries, burns, surgical operations or skin problems, like acne, can cause a scar. The normal healing process can also sometimes result in a scar. Scarring is psychologically distressing and cosmetically challenging to treat.
To conceal an inconspicuous scar would not be a problem. However, facial scars or large scars in more prominently visible location are unsightly. Some scars can cause restriction in movement and itchiness. There are many methods that doctors can use to reduce the size and change the appearance of scars so that they look less unsightly/ conspicuous.
How does scarring occur?
Scarring is a natural part of the healing process whereby the skin is recovering from cuts or open wounds. The scar’s final appearance depends on multiple factors that affect how the wound heals. The depth, size, location and type of injury, your age, genes, gender and ethnic groups can all affect how the wound heals and the formation of the scar appearance. What you could do to help your skin heal during the first few days after getting the injury, and how you subsequently treat the healing area while the scar is forming, could all the affect the final appearance of the scar.
TYPES OF SCARS
1.FLAT PIGMENTED SCARS : These are the most common form of scars. The skin is neither depressed nor protruding but the scar differentiates in colour compared to the normal skin tone. It can be red, dark brown, black or even white in colour.
2.INDENTED SCAR : These look like depressions on/within the skin. Indented scars results from the skin’s inability to support collagen growth. They usually result after acne, chicken pox, and injury. In addition to being depressed in appearance, these scars can also be red or dark brown in colour.
3..RAISED SCARS : These scars are raised and result from the overproduction of collagen following injury. Unlike keloids, their injuries do not extend beyond the boundary of the injury. Similar to indented scars, they can also take on a red or dark brown colour.
4.KELOIDS : A keloid, or keloid scar, is a kind of overgrown scar, or an overly aggressive healing response to a wound. It’s a type of thick, irregular scar that rises above the skin level and extends beyond the original wound boundaries. They are usually red in colour. There is a strong genetic predisposition to forming keloids. Picking and scratching keloids may make the scar grow bigger. Keloid scars can sometimes be itchy and may on other occasions, hamper movement.
OUR SOLUTIONS FOR SCARs
After a thorough examination to determine the depth and type of the scars, Dr Thean will formulate a personalized blend of treatments for you. Our clinics have many different modalities of fractional and non-fractional skin resurfacing scar treatments. Working in tandem with our extensive collagen remodeling laser, our treatment will aim to decrease the depth and improve your scar appearance.
Since each individual’s skin is unique, I will be closely monitor your progress to modify your treatments on your journey to achieve much smoother skin.
Each session take about 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the depth and severity of your scars.