What is a scar?

What is a scar?

Scars. We all have them.

Some are less visible than others but for the most part, they aren’t any bother. But that isn’t always the case. Women who have had C-sections, people who have had major surgeries or just accidental injuries that leave behind ugly reminders that make us feel self conscious and unhappy with our appearance. Many accept them as a way of life with no potential treatment but the great news is that we here at Zen Medispa in Burwood, Sydney, offer scar removal treatments that can help to reduce the appearance of those blemishes.

What is a scar?

Scars are basically areas of fibrous tissue formed through the biological process of your body’s repairing and healing any sort of wound. When the body sustains a wound, whether from injury, disease or surgery, the body will form a scab which works to protect the exposed area from germs. In the meantime, beneath that scab, the body creates collagen to reconnect the broken tissue and knit it back together. Once the injury has healed and the scab has dried and fallen off, more often than not a scar will be left behind. These are mostly pink, silver or brown in appearance. The collagen that forms the scar is different to that of the skin around it which is why scars look, feel and behave differently to uninjured skin. Interestingly enough, hair follicles and sweat glands do not grow back within scar tissue.

 What is a keloid scar?

There are many different types of scars, each presenting in different ways.

A keloid occurs when the scar tissue grows excessively, often much larger than the initial wound. They are raised and usually lumpy or uneven with a pink, red or flesh coloured appearance. Keloids are also prone to discolouration when exposed to the sun; making them a cosmetic concern for many who have them. People are usually genetically prone to keloids, particularly those with darker skin.

Contracture scars

These scars are formed after the skin has been burned. Usually, second or third degree burns are responsible for the skin becoming taught and forming scar contracture. Often these scars present pain and lead to limited motion range. In some cases even deformity and disability if they are severe enough. If the contracture requires it, skin grafts will be used to try to heal and relieve the problems associated with this type of scarring.

Hypertrophic scars

These are raised and red in colour but do not extend beyond the boundary of the wound. A hypertrophic scar is usually the result of an abnormal response to injury. These scars are usually the result of the body producing too much collagen during healing and can occur with burns, piercings, cuts and acne. They are similar to keloids but do not grow beyond the site of the original injury.

Acne scars

Formed if you have suffered from severe acne, there are several types of acne scarring that can occur.

  • Atrophic or depressed scars form on the face leaving hollows or pock-marks, usually the result of too little collagen being formed during the healing process.
  • Hypertrophic or raised scars are common results of back and chest acne. They grow above the skin and are caused by too much collagen being formed during healing.
  • Dark spots are marks or blemishes that are left behind once acne has healed. These usually heal on their own after a few months.

Treatment options

At Zen Medispa we offer a variety of treatments that can help you to improve and repair the appearance of scars. Our treatment options include:

  • Laser Skin Rejuvination
  • Dermal fillers
  • Picosure Cosmetic Skin Laser Treatments
  • IPL Skin Rejuvination (used only to even out discolouration not to smooth out or decrease the visibility of a scar)
  • Skin Needling Therapy/Dermapen Needling

The bottom line is that your scars can become a thing of the past as we can help you rejuvenate and refresh your skin. If you would like to find out more about our scar treatments then contact us today on (02) 9747 1669 to discuss our range and what we can do for you.

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