The skin is the body's largest organ and covers the entire
body. In addition to serving as a protective shield against heat,
light, injury and infection, the skin also:
• regulates body temperature
• stores fat and water
• a sensory organ
• prevents water loss
• prevents entry of bacteria
When the skin is injured it heals and a scar is formed.
A scar is a mark that is left on the skin after a wound or an
injury to the surface of the skin has healed.
How do scars form?
When the skin is broken or wounded the body starts to produce
more of a protein called collagen, ( the main component of
connective tissue that makes skin tight, firm and youthful-looking)
and as the extra collagen is produced it starts to gather in order
to heal and block the wound.
Over a time period ranging from a few months to years, new
collagen continues to form and blood supply increases causing the
scar to become raised, lumpy and red. Over time the scar will
gradually become smoother and paler as collagen is broken down and
blood supply decreases.
Although scars are permanent they can fade over a period of up
to two years. After this time it is unlikely that they will fade
Skin wounds and scars can be caused by many things
• Accidental injury
• Burns and scalds
• Stetchmarks during pregnancy or periods of
rapid growth/weight gain
Different types of scars
There are several kinds:
• Hypertrophic - red, raised scars that form
along a wound and can remain this way
for up to 5 years
• Pitted or atrophic - with a sunken appearance
like those left by severe acne
• Contracture - caused by skin shrinking and
tightening, usually after a burn
• Keloid - excessive scar tissue forms and
extends over the boundaries of the
• DermaPure Roller
• Skin peels/ resurfacers
• LED Light therapy
Q: What can I do about my scar?
A: Acne scarring and stretchmarks can be
effectively treated and a range of different treatment options are
available. Specialists at Ultimate Skin Clinic are able to assess
and advise on the best management for a problematic scar.
Q: Are there any scars that can not be
A: Yes. Due to the excessive scar tissue that
forms, keloid scarring can not be treated.