Scars Overview

What are Scars?

Your skin is a protective cover for your body.  Any time your skin is burned, injured, operated on or harmed in any way, it can cause scar tissue to form that in some instances can be extremely unattractive.

Think about having a beautiful silk fabric; if there is a stain or cut in it that makes the fabric not quite as beautiful anymore.  It can work the same way for human skin. There is now a flaw in our skin that sometimes can take away the beauty.  However, unlike silk, there are incidents that happen during our lives that we can control that make our skin scar.

In most cases, scars will never disappear completely, but a lot of them can be covered up or there are things that can be used to decrease the size of the scar and how it looks.

How/why do you get scars?

When you have been injured, scarring is a vital portion of the healing process.  There are many contributing factors to how scars look and how big they will be.  Obviously the size and deepness of the injury or cut and where the injury is located are important in determining the characteristic of a scar.  Also, your age, genetics, or sex can affect how scars look.

What are the different types of scar removal treatments?

You can read more about the various types of scar removers and scar creams by checking out our top 10 product list.

Chemical peel
Filler injection
Dermabrasion
Laser Treatment
Over-the-counter topical remedies
Radiotherapy
Semi occlusive Ointment & Pressure dressings
Steroids
Surgery

Various kinds of scars

Several types of scars can be found on the skin.  Some of those include:

  • Keloid Scars
  • Hypertrophic Scars
  • Surgical Scars
  • Traumatic Scars
  • Burn Scars
  • Acne Scars
  • Pregnancy Scars
  • Stretch Mark Scars
  • Breast Implant Scars
  • All Other Scars
About the different kinds of scars
  • Keloid scars – This type of scar occurs when the healing process becomes extremely aggressive.  They move past the initial injury and after a period of time this type of scar can possibly affect the ability to move. Some methods used to treat keloid scars are removing them surgically or steroid injections for the larger scars. For those that are smaller they can be treated with cryotherapy, where they are frozen off with liquid nitrogen. The prevention of keloid scars can be helped also by applying pressure or by using gel pads containing silicone after you have received an injury.  A keloid scar is found more frequently in African-Americans than in most others.
  • Contracture scars – Generally this is the type of scar you will experience when the skin has been burned.  This can hinder your mobility and a scar like this can also do harm to your nerves and your muscles.  Contracture scars go deeper under the skin causing more than simply a scar on your skin’s surface.
  • Hypertrophic scars – These are scars that rise up and are red colored.  They are much like a keloid scar however; they do not go past the location of the injury.  Some of the treatment options can be steroid injections which will decrease some of the swelling.
  • Acne scars – This type of scar occurs if you have had severe acne.  Acne scars range in size and shape and there are several types of them.  Depending on the type of acne scars you have will negate the kind of treatment you should seek.  Contact a dermatologist for help in deciding what treatment works for you.

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