Scars are often left on your skin after an injury, acne, surgery or other lesions that penetrate to the deeper layer of skin called the dermis. When the top layer or epidermis is damaged, it usually doesn’t leave a scar. The process of scar reduction reduces the appearance of a scar or removes it altogether. Scars may be raised or depressed and are noticeable according to their location, shape and size. Many scars differ in color and texture to the surrounding skin.
Scar Reduction Processes
In some cases, scars fade and become less noticeable on their own over time. Our skin specialist will prescribe the best treatment to reduce or remove your scars. Non-surgical procedures such as RF treatments can be very effective for scar reduction. We may recommend a series of treatments to get the best results.
Types of Scars
Even though the appearances may differ, there is only one type of scar that develops when the skin is healing itself. The appearance depends on the type of wound that caused the lesion, the location on your body, and several genetic factors that vary among individuals. There are four main types of scars, and each has a preferred scar reduction treatment.
• Hypertrophic scars rise above the surface of your skin and are usually red. They stay within the boundary of the wound or infection.
• Acne scars are very common and may be depressed, very deep or keloid. The treatment we choose will depend on the type and size of the scar and where it is on your body.
• Keloids are scars that rise above the level of the skin and may be larger than the actual injury. When your body produces too much collagen during the healing process after an injury or infection, keloid scars may develop.
• Contracture scars occur after a severe burn and may shrink in size. This is why they are called contracture and they can impede the movement of an arm, leg or finger. Contracture scars can affect the nerves and muscles.
If you have acne or other scars that are noticeable on your face or when you wear certain clothing, you may benefit from scar reduction treatments here at Bentley Skincare & Wellness in Springfield, MO. Contact us today to book a consultation and learn more.