Scars form as part of the healing process when the dermis (skin) is damaged. The body forms new collagen fibers to fix the damage. Unfortunately, these new collagen fibers don’t have the same quality and texture as the surrounding skin – thus, these collagen fibers become visible scars.
Acne scars – if you’ve experienced moderate-to-severe acne, then you probably have the scars to prove it. Acne scars usually form as pits, resulting from the underlying tissue having been damaged and/or removed.
Keloid scars – these scars are a result of an overly aggressive healing process in which the body produces more collagen than is needed. These scars can extend beyond the original injury, or can even raise higher than the surrounding skin. Keloid scars are most common in younger people.
Stretch marks – these form when the skin stretches rapidly, usually during growth spurts or pregnancy. Stretch marks can also form when the skin is under tension, usually near an injured joint.
Contracture scars – these scars result from burns. The skin tightens and sometimes cracks. Contracture scars can also reach beneath the skin, affecting muscles and nerves.
Ogden Clinic Dermatologists provide a full range of scar treatment options, including:
Dermabrasion – this procedure uses special equipment to blend the irregularities of the scar with the surrounding skin. Dermabrasion is ideal for acne scars. It is not effective in treating birthmarks.
Laser resurfacing – this treatment achieves subtle results by manipulating the collagen beneath the skin without removing the upper layers of skin.
Microneedling – this procedure involves creating many small puncture holes into the superficial skin, stimulating collagen production to reduce the appearance of scars.
Other scar treatment options available at Ogden Clinic include cryosurgery, filler injections, and radiotherapy.