Most of us will accumulate scars throughout our lives but that doesn’t mean that we have to endure them forever. Whether you’re marked by contracture, hypertrophic or acne scars, there’s a solution for you that can work to restore your skin to its natural beauty.
A contracture scar is most often the result of a burn. They’re usually deeper than most other scars and, beyond an unsightly appearance, can even affect nerves and muscles. Contracture scars lead to skin tightening that, when severe, can cause sufferers mobility problems.
Acne scars can take many different forms, depending on how severe the original skin injuries were. They’re most often found in people who suffered (or suffer) from a substantial acne problem. These scars can take the shape of angular or wavy lines and deep pits or pockmarks.
Hypertrophic scars are usually red in colour and raised above the skin. They’re most easily identified by being confined to the area of the original area and can range in severity from barely visible to extremely noticeable. Some hypertrophic scars can become badly inflamed, limiting movement and requiring immediate treatment.
Dealing with Keloids
Normal scarring can be a pain to deal with but severe keloid scars represent an even greater challenge. The successful outcome of your scar treatment depends on an accurate assessment of your condition and the right treatment, such as chemical peels and even Toronto fillers to smooth the area and reduce the textural difference of the surrounding skin.
What are Keloid Scars?
Keloids are a type of scar that, unlike more benign types of scars, can continue to grow for an extended period instead of reducing in size and appearance over time. They are various shades of pink, red or purple, and may be irregularly shaped as well as noticeably rise above the skin’s surface. Usually they are dome-shaped, smooth and shiny. Some keloids become tender, itchy or even painful over time.
Why Do Keloid Scars Form?
Scars always occur when our skin is injured and the extent of the scar usually reflects the severity of the damage. Normal healing leads to scars that, even when very visible or thick, stay within the boundaries of the injured skin and gradually begin to subside. Keloids, on the other hand, are characterized by growing outside of the injured site and starting their development a while after skin damage has first occurred. Because keloid scars grow progressively larger, becoming more noticeable to the sufferer and others, they can lead to physical and emotional distress.The medical community, unfortunately, does not fully understand why keloids form. One patient may only experience “normal” scarring due to injury while another, extremely similar patient develops a keloid. There’s no indication that any demographic is especially prone to keloid scars but some evidence shows that skin piercings (like ear or navel piercing) can lead to their formation. Keloids can develop spontaneously after the skin is damaged through a typical injury, surgery, acne or burns and usually form on the earlobes, shoulders, chest and back.
The most important stage in treating a keloid scar is consultation. If you suspect that your scar is a keloid (by noting characteristic symptoms like delayed growth and visible spreading beyond the site of injury) then the first step is always to consult your family doctor. Familiarity with a patient’s medical history is essential in effectively treating keloids and your doctor has access to your past records. If you don’t have a family doctor then ask for a referral to a dermatologist.There are many different keloid treatment options available and your doctor should be able to explain and recommend the right one for your unique situation. The most commonly recommended procedures are cortisone injections (which help to reduce inflammation), laser treatments and cryotherapy (freezing). Medical research is continually being performed with the goal of better understanding exactly why keloids form and how they can be most effectively reduced or removed.
How Can Scars Be Treated?
Modern aesthetic medicine has given patients many treatment options suitable for removing or reducing the appearance of scars. Medical grade chemical peels can be used to quickly and conveniently remove scars. Prescription strength peels work to resurface the skin and leave it with vastly improved tone and texture.
Toronto Fraxel® skin resurfacing is able to reduce or entirely remove scars as well. The highly advanced laser technology used in Fraxel® procedures works to eliminate damaged tissue (like the tissue that constitutes various types of scars) and stimulate the production of healthy new cells that grow in its place. It uses advanced el?s™ technology in tandem with Radio Frequency and Intense Pulsed Light energy to provide excellent results that are quick to heal. Fraxel® directs precisely targeted energy toward damaged tissue in order to renew scar-damaged skin. A Toronto chemical peel is also a fantastic, energy-based option for scar removal. Both treatments can be used to improve the texture and tone of a patient’s skin, however their effectiveness depends on the type of scar and severity.All of these scar treatment options are nonsurgical and almost entirely painless, making them great options. Whether patients choose to undergo a chemical peel or Fraxel® procedure, the results are the same: clear, healthy skin free of scarring.