The Scars and Acne Scarring Treatment Centre

Scarring

 

Typical Scar that we can treat

Scarring is a result of fibrous tissue forming around a wound during the biological healing process in the epidermis. The protective tissue, which is created as a defence mechanism, is an accumulation of redundant cell material, which can create a visible and permanent scar.

 

The degree of scarring varies from person to person, how healthy the skin is depends on the healing time of the wound. The pitted scarring that is often seen with acne scarring is called cuneiform scarring. This is the result of a slow healing process.

 

When scars become irregular and rise above the skin's surface they are called Hypertrophic scars. This is due to irregular speed of healing. This type of scar generally does not fade or flatten with time.

 

Scar tissue is not identical to the tissue, which it replaces and is usually of inferior functional quality scar tissue for example is less resistant to ultraviolet radiation. Swear glands and hair follicles do not grow back either after a trauma.

 

There are several types of scars that are the result of the body overproducing collagen to heal the wound:

 

Keloid Scars, Hypertrophic Scars, Acne Scarring and Striae Scars

 

HYPERTROPHIC SCARS - This takes the form of a red raised lump on the skin, but does not grow beyond the boundaries of the original wound and they often improve in appearance after a few years.

 

KELOID SCARS - These scars are a more serious form of scarring because they can carry on growing indefinitely into a large, tumorous benign growth.

 

ACNE SCARS - These scars have a pitted appearance in the skin, which is caused when the underlying structures supporting the skin, such as fat or muscle have been depleted. This can also be the result of poor healing or a suppressed immune system.

 

STRIAE SCARS - are caused when the skin is stretched rapidly during pregnancy, significant weight gain or adolescent growth spurts. This kind of scar is more commonly know as a stretch mark.


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