If you have scarring from burns, acne, injuries, surgery, or chickenpox, you may be self-conscious about your scars. But with the right treatment, you can effectively get rid of scars, smooth skin, and reduce redness. Let’s break down your options when it comes to removing scars.
What is Scarring?
Scarring is your body’s natural healing process. When the dermis is damaged, your body produces new collagen fibres to fix the damage. This results in a new scar. Scars usually have a different texture and quality to the surrounding skin.
There are several types of scarring:
- Normal fine-line scars – a minor wound tends to leave a fine raised line.
- Keloid scars – when the scar keeps growing after the wound has healed.
- Hypertrophic scars – the result of excess collagen on the wound site.
- Scar contractures – these are often as a result of burns.
- Pitted or sunken scars – conditions like acne and chickenpox can have a sunken look.
What is the Difference Between ‘Bad’ and ‘Good’ Scarring?
A ‘good’ scar fades and eventually blends in with the surrounding skin. On the other hand, ‘poor’ scarring such as keloid or hypertrophic scar may stay visible for months after forming. With ‘poor’ scarring, even after it fades, it tends to remain visible.
Can You Get Rid of Scars?
You cannot completely erase scars. But scar revision can improve a scar and make it much more cosmetically pleasing. Depending on the type of scar you have, there are usually different treatment options available, such as:
- Topical treatments – treatments and solutions applied to the skin.
- Minimally invasive procedures – this includes laser treatments, chemical peels, injectables, and dermabrasion.
- Surgical scar revision – a surgical procedure to remove the scar.
What is Scar Revision Surgery?
Scar revision is plastic surgery to improve the appearance of a scar anywhere on the body. Your surgeon makes an incision to remove the old scar. You may require a combination of techniques and treatments. Your surgeon will formulate the best plan for scar removal.
In terms of recovery, you will want to rest at home for a couple of days before returning to work. It’s important to avoid strenuous activities that would put pressure on the treatment area until you get the all-clear from your surgeon. Don’t expose the area to the sun for several months.
What are the Benefits of Scar Revision Surgery?
The primary benefits of scar revision surgery are:
- Improve the appearance of unsightly scars.
- Boost confidence and self-esteem
- Remove difficult-to-cover-up scars
What are the Risks and Complications of Scar Revision?
When deciding to go ahead with scar revision surgery, you need to be aware of any risks and potential complications. Risks include:
- Changes in how the skin feels
- Skin discolouration, swelling, and sensitivities
- Damage to deeper structures
Scars are common and can be caused by a ton of different things. The depth, size of the injury, and location all play a part in how scarring forms. If you’re considering scar revision, book a consultation today to discuss all your treatment options, risks, benefits, and the recovery process.