What are scars?
A scar is made when fibrous connective tissues developed from when there are wounds, burns or sore within the body tissue. It is a natural process of healing after an injury.
There are different types of scars caused by different situation, namely:
It is most commonly seen amongst people with dark skin and southern Asians. Keloid scars tend to extend beyond the original injury. It may hinder movement if the scar becomes an obstruction and it is removable via surgery. It can also be treated with steroid injection if it’s still in the early stage.
Contracture scars are caused by a burn. These scars can impair the ability to move a particular part of the body over time. It can also go deeper, affecting muscles and nerves. Contracture scars require surgery to improve function.
These are raised, red scars like keloid scars. However, this type of scar does not go beyond the boundary of injury. Hypertrophic scars can be treated via topical creams or injections
Severe acne condition during puberty causes severe acne scars in the future. There are many types of acne scars, ranging from deep pits to scars that are angular or wavelike in appearance. Certain types of acne scars can be revised via laser treatment while others may require subcision, fat injections or dermabrasion.
When fine lines of surgical scars gradually stretched and widened, these types of scars appear. They’re typically flat, pale, soft, symptomless scars that are leftover of certain surgeries especially knee or shoulder surgery. Stretch marks that appear after pregnancy are variants of widespread scars. The difference between these type of scars as compared to hypertrophic scars is the fact that there are no elevation, thickening or nodularity. Revision of these scars can be done through surgery.
This type of scar is light coloured, flat and often blends into the skin colour with a slight difference in pigmentation. Such scars can be revised by laser treatment.
Scars are not fully removed, technically. It is instead revised to make it less visible and even out to the skin tone and pigmentation. There are surgical and non surgical ways of removing scars.
In a surgical procedure for scar revision, there are skin grafting, excision and dermabrasion. The different method is used for different types of scar hence it is best to consult the plastic surgeon first to determine the type of scar and method to be used.
In Shens Clinic, we use Revlite laser treatment which is a non-invasive procedure using beam of light as high energy pulse disintegrates melanin deposits. Revlite laser treatment is applied to remove surface scars or discolouration. Scars like acne spots, suntans, age spots, liver marks, sun freckles and even tattoo. The laser also promotes collagen growth underneath the skin which results in firmer and younger-looking skin.
Non-surgical treatments may also include prescription creams, ointments, gels and steroids injection.
Revlite treatment is a non-invasive procedure that uses beam of light as high-energy pulse to disintegrate melanin deposits. The revlite laser is applied to remove surface scars or discoloration like acne spots, sun tans, age spots, liver marks, sun freckles or even a tattoo. Further, the laser promotes collagen growth underneath the skin. This results in firmer and younger looking skin.
Our doctor will be able to assess the degree of your scar and make a recommendation for such treatment.
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