The Birth Of Scars
What Is A scar?
A scar is a mark left on the skin as a result of the biological process of wound repair. Most wounds caused by accidents, skin conditions, diseases, surgeries, and even acne, will result in some degree of scarring.
How Are Scars Formed?
A scar is formed when new collagen fibers mend a damage in the deep layers of the skin. After a wound is healed, the new skin tissue will appear different in texture. Majority of scars will fade over a period of time. However, scars do not completely disappear. Generally, a scar will remain pale and flat – sometimes going unnoticeable. But in some cases, where the body produces an abundance of collagen, scars will rise above the skin. In other cases, when the structure of the skin is lost, scars will appear sunken. Though scars cannot be undone, there are a variety of treatments and procedures to help improve their appearances.
Types Of Scars
There are five different types of scars:
1. Normal Fine Line Scars
The most common scar is the fine line scar, caused by a minor wound or surgical procedure. They are painless scars that usually leave a red line, which will eventually pale and flatten. During the healing process, the scars can sometimes be itchy.
2. Keloid Scars
When an abundance of collagen is produced during the healing process, an overgrowth of new tissue occurs. The new tissue will continue to grow after the wound is healed, making the scar spread and rise above the skin. This scar can restrict movement if located near a joint. It is also often painful and itchy.
3. Hypertrophic Scars
Hypertrophic scars are also a result of the abundance of collagen production during the healing process. But unlike a keloid scar, it doesn’t extend beyond the wound. Hypertrophic scars will rise above the skin, but will pale after a couple of years. Though uncommon, some acne conditions can cause hypertrophic scars.
4. Atrophic Scars
Pitted or sunken scars are commonly caused by skin conditions like acne and chickenpox. When the skin structure is damaged – causing a loss of underlying fat – an atrophic scar will occur.
5. Scar Contractures
Often the result of burns, a scar contracture is when the skin shrinks, tightening and restricting physical movement.
Our Available Treatments
At Beaulife, we have a series of treatments and procedures that can help treat and better the appearance of scars. These are some of our popular treatments:
1. Fractional CO2 Laser
Fractional CO2 laser treats skin that is aged, scarred, wrinkled, pigmented, and sagging, has irregular surface, or has been damaged by the sun. It uses laser energy microbeams to break down skin tissue, allowing the body to heal naturally to form new and healthy skin.
2. Q-switch Nd:YAG
Q-switch Nd:YAG emits high energy light, removing unwanted skins cells without harming the skin. The pain-free and quick treatment encourages the skin to produce collagen alongside vitamins and minerals. It promotes smoother, lighter, and healthier skin in the process.
3. Carbon Laser Peel
The carbon laser peel treatment treats skin imperfections, with a thin carbon layer – placed over the skin – and a focused laser beam. There is no pain or discomfort involved, but a tingling sensation is often felt during the procedure.
4. LED Photomodulation Therapy
LED photomodulation therapy penetrates deep into the skin to accelerate healing and rejuvenate the skin. This non-invasive and safe procedure helps to heal wounds by increasing the production of elastin and collagen in the skin.
5. HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound)
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound helps to tighten and rejuvenate the skin by stimulating the production of collagen through ultrasound energy. It is a non-invasive treatment that improves the skin without discomfort.
6. Intralesional Steroid Injection
Intralesional steroid injection involves the injection of corticosteroid into a lesion – on or below the skin – with a fine needle. It is able to treat scars, keloids, acne cysts, and many other inflammatory skin diseases.
7. Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment (PRP)
A Platelet Rich Plasma treatment, or PRP therapy, covers almost all grounds of skin issues. As the growth factors in platelets will activate and rejuvenate the cells in the body, PRP therapy is able to repair skin defects and trigger production of new cells and collagen.
Dermaroller encourages the production of collagen in the skin, promoting the growth of new skin cells through microscopic channels. The microscopic channels, introduced through a series of micro-sized needles, will close and allow the skin to heal.
Subcision treats depression from acne scarring on all skin types. It visibly improves the depth of depressions through a minor surgical technique, where a needle is used to break bands of fibrous tissues allowing new skin cells to fill the gaps.
10. Mesobotox/ Mesotherapy
Mesobotox uses microinjections to administer a customised solution – of vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and medical grade pharmaceuticals – to the upper and middle layers of the skin. It is a non-surgical treatment that encourages healing for a wide variety of skin conditions.
11. Stem Cell Treatment
Stem cells replace cells that are damaged or dead. They have the ability to grow into different cell types and treat problems through targeting.
12. Rejuran PDRN
Rejuran PDRN is able to heal wounds through stimulating growth factors and increasing microcirculation in the skin. With anti-inflammatory effects, it can remove blockage of inflammatory cytokines in the body.
Consult Our Doctors
With a wide variety of treatments available, our doctors will recommend the best treatment for your specific scar. So book a consultation session today, and learn what you can do to regain your pride. You don’t need to live with the wounds of your past. You can stop looking back and start looking forward.