A scar is not bad until it is tiny or in locations that are effortless to conceal. But when the scars are big and are not easy to remove, they may affect the personality and the turnaround of an individual. A number of people may opt for keeping their hair loose or wearing clothes that can hide the scars, but the point that needs to understand is that without treatment they are not going anywhere. Consult a dermatologist who shall study your scars and understand the type and the extent of the treatment needed. According to the medical condition, a dermatologist shall also recommend the treatment plan. Weigh all your options and decide accordingly.
Types of Scars:
Scars will never go away completely, but there are few methods which can help to reduce the size and change the appearance of the scar. Following are different types of scars:
Keloid scars: These types of scars result from the overly aggressive healing process. These scars extend beyond original injury. The treatment for scars includes surgery to remove scars, silicon sheets to make scar flat or steroid injections etc. and smaller keloids can be treated by cryotherapy or freezing therapy by using liquid nitrogen. Keloid formation can be prevented by using the gel pads with silicon or pressure treatment. These types of scars are common among people with dark skin.
Contracture scars: These scars are formed if your skin is burnt. These types of scars tighten the skin which can decrease your ability to move. Contracture scars tend to go deeper, affecting nerves and muscles.
Hypertrophic scars: These types of scars are red and raised and are similar to keloids but they don’t go beyond the borderline of injury. The treatment of hypertrophic includes steroid injection to reduce inflammation or silicone sheets that flatten the scar.
Acne scars: Wide range of types of acne scars are present ranging from deep trenches to wavelike appearance or angular scars. There are many potential treatments available to treat acne scars.
Similar to hypertrophic scars, keloid scars can be caused by injury, surgery, injections, body piercing and also acne. They are both similar in size and shape, though keloid scars will grow beyond the boundary of the wound. Both scars have high amounts of collagen in comparison to the average scar tissue. In contrast, hypertrophic scars can heal by themselves within 12 to 18 months, unlike keloid scars, although the scar does not disappear completely.