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Scarring

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 any more.

Skin wounds and scars can be caused by many things including;

•    Accidental injury
•    Surgery
•    Burns and scalds
•    Acne
•    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
      or  stretchmarks
•    Contracture - caused by skin shrinking and tightening, usually after a burn
•    Keloid - excessive scar tissue forms and extends over the boundaries of the
      original wound

 Recommended treatments:

•    DermaPure Roller
•    Skin peels/ resurfacers
•    LED Light therapy

 
FAQ's:

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 treated?

A: Yes. Due to the excessive scar tissue that forms, keloid scarring can not be treated.

 

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