Types of Scars and Removal Techniques

scar revisionThe skin is like a piece of cloth. Just like a small tear can spoil the looks of the cloth, a scar also spoils the look of the face. A scar can occur because of an injury, burn or any other kind of trauma. A scar is not so bad if you can conceal it. But what if the scar is located on a very prominent place like your cheek, chin or forehead? In that case, it is nearly impossible to conceal the scar. Here we will see the various types of scars and scar removal techniques.

The Different Types of Scars

  • Keloid scars: Keloid scars are caused by aggressive healing and they go beyond the original site of the injury. Keloid scars can hamper movement and cause pain and itching. They are mostly composed of collagen.
  • Acne scars: Acne scars are caused by severe acne. There are several kinds of acne scars but they can be roughly divided into depressed scars and raised scars. Depressed scars include rolling scars, icepick scars and boxcar scars. Raised acne scars are further divided into keloid scars and hypertrophic scars. Acne can also cause hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation.
  • Contracture scars: Contracture scars are caused when the skin gets burned. The scar tightens the skin, causing problems in movement. Such scars usually go deeper, effecting the muscles, nerves and tendons.
  • Hypertrophic scars: Hypertrophic scars are similar to keloid scars but they don’t go beyond the site of the injury. These scars can be treated by applying silicon sheets or injecting steroids.

Depending on the type of scar you have, you can get it treated through gels, ointments, prescription creams, surgery (excision, skin grafts) or steroid injections. Surgery is usually recommended for deep scars. It is also true that scars fade with time, becoming less noticeable.

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