Scars; Why do I have them and how can I get rid of them?

Scarring can be a painful reminder of past events, an unsightly addition to your everyday life and a conversation topic that you wish didn’t exist. Unfortunately for most, people are unaware of the various options and treatments available, which decrease the size and overall presence of what seems to be a permanent part of their appearance.

What is scarring?

Scars are formed when the mid-layer of the skin (the Dermis) is damaged. Superficial marks on the outer layer generally heal quite well, though once the Dermis becomes damaged, the healing process is affected, and scars are the result. During the period when the damage takes place, the body naturally forms collagen to restore and rebuild the area. This new tissue forms the ‘scar’ which then looks different to the rest of your skin. That being said, there are several different types of scars, as not all scars are identical. Let us delve deeper:

Types of Scars:

  • Keloid Scars: These scars are formed when an aggressive healing process takes place. In some cases, these types of scars can hinder movement.
  • Contracture Scars: These types of scars are commonly produced post burn injury. The skin that forms the scar is tight and may also hinder movement. Depending on the injury, Contracture scars can affect deeper layers, nerves and muscles.
  • Hypertrophic Scars: Usually red and raised, these scars look and feel very similar to Keloid Scars though are only located directly at the point of injury.
  • Acne Scars: A very common type of scarring, resulting from severe acne, the skin can show deep marks and scars that make the complexion of the face look bumpy and uneven.

What type of treatment is available to minimise/remove scars?

Other than topical creams and ointments and surgical removal, treatment of scarring varies greatly depending on the type of scar you have and how much it has affected the area. Skin grafts, dermabrasion and laser therapy are common treatments that help to restore the area, remove superficial layers and promote healthy, new skin growth.

At the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery, our surgeons have a great deal of experience and expertise in both wound management and healing. All of our qualified plastic surgeons are able to promote healthy and effective healing of a simple post-operative scar to a very complicated wound/scarring issue from a traumatic injury.

Treatment doesn’t always need to be a complicated process. Our team would be happy to sit down during a consultation, assess your unique situation and devise a plan to help diminish the negative appearance of your scar(s). It may be as simple as massaging the area and applying a topical cream, wearing compression garments or making lifestyle changes. If this doesn’t make a positive impact, we have further options that could make a world of difference.

Give us a call on (03) 9508 9508 today to speak to one of our team members, because you deserve to love the skin you’re in.