What is a scar and how are they caused?

Scarring is an integral part of the body’s natural healing process after a trauma, injury, surgery or conditions such as acne or stretch marks.

When an injury affects only the outer layer of skin or the epidermis, the body is able to rebuild the tissue with minimal scarring. However, when an injury affects the deeper layers of the skin or the dermis, rebuilding is more complicated due to the fact that the body has to first lay down a protein called collagen. It is this process that usually results in a scar.

As the injury continues to heal, new blood vessels form and the collagen fibers even out. This ultimately leads to the scar fading as time progresses. A wound is not classified as a scar until it is completely healed.

From a medical standpoint, there is no need to pay any attention to a scar. Once properly healed, a former wound that is now a scar has no potential of becoming infected or causing any further medical complications. Cosmetically unappealing scars may cause psychological stress, in which case one may opt to have it removed.

  • How do I get rid of a scar?
  • Acne Scars
  • Keloid & Hypertrophic Scars
How do I get rid of a scar?

Conventional treatments for scar removal ranged from surgery and dermabrasion to cryotherapy and liposuction as well as several other therapies. The results from these procedures, however, were often less than satisfactory.

At Advanced Skin clinic we pride ourselves on continuously updating our technology and training our doctors so that we can provide our patients with the latest and most affective forms of treatment. In the field of scar removal, we employ several different treatment modalities and medical devices depending on amongst other things the size, shape, depth, and location of the scar, amongst other things. Call to schedule a consultation with one of our cosmetic dermatologist who will be glad to advise you about different treatment options.

Acne Scars

Acne scars can remain a nuisance for many years after the actual acne condition has subsided. Acne scars can occur as the skin heals from pimples, whiteheads and blackheads that form when oil, bacteria and dead cells get stuck below the skin’s surface. When dealing with acne scars, two factors have to be taken into consideration. The first is the removal of damaged skin followed by the production of new collagen which will improve the skins texture.

We prefer combination approach for treating acne scars to maximize the treatment results. We combine different treatment modalities in one session depending on the severity of the acne scars. Such combination therapies include;

  • Subscision
  • Micro needling
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
  • Calming Face mask
  • LED Phototherapy

Conventional treatments for acne scarring have been chemical peels, topical agents and abrasion therapies. While these therapies may still be used in combination with microneedling in order to achieve the best possible results, micronedling have more or less taken over as they are minimally-invasive and have no recovery time especially for dark skin.

The microneedling technique has been utilized for the treatment of striae, surgical scarring, photoaging, and is now considered a standard treatment for mild (grade I/II) acne scarring. The needles traumatically create pores in the dermis, which stimulates the release of growth factors and cytokines. The growth factors and cytokines in turn stimulate collagen, elastin, and neovascularization.3 Studies and case reports have shown that microneedling physically breaks down acne scars and initiates collagen synthesis, specifically collagens I, III, and VII.4 Needling sessions are typically spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart.

We also do various acne scar revision techniques for severe acne scar cases such as Punch excisions, Filling depressed scars with filles or fat, subscision e.t.c.

Keloid & Hypertrophic Scars

Treatment is determined based on the size, location, and symptoms of the keloid. While keloids on the face, chest, abdomen, and back are best treated with a combination of steroid injections and laser treatments, keloids that are larger and more raised or on the earlobes may benefit more from cryotherapy or surgery. Our providers utilize a combination of these treatment methods to give you the best results possible.

Treatment options:

  1. Intralesional Cryotherapy
  2. Steroid Injections
  3. Surgery
  4. Radiation

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At Advanced Skin Clinic, we offer a variety of procedures to help our patients look and feel their best

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