Any healing of the skin occurs by replacing the damaged tissue – with new tissue, that is, by creating a scar. Various scars disrupt the appearance of our body no matter where they are located. With normal skin healing, a fine linear scar develops which is difficult to spot. Scars can develop differently and vary in shape, color and appearance.
Scars can interfere with the body’s normal function and cause restrictions on movement due to shrinkage and tension of the skin. The formation of a scar is a normal reaction of the tissue to the injury and its appearance is expected after the skin injury, but also after each surgical procedure, and the product is the ability of the human body to heal. The appearance of the scar depends on the cause of the wound, the materials and instruments used for its care, the surgeon’s skills, but also on the patient’s age, skin quality, complexion and the body’s reaction to the injury. The appearance of the scar immediately after wound care or surgery is not definitive and over time it is expected that its color and hardness will approach the surrounding skin. Scar correction is not recommended before six months of onset when it can be expected to have taken on its permanent appearance.
Every surgery results in a scar and every scar correction ends in a scar. Scar correction results in a more beautiful or less noticeable scar. Some patients respond to skin injury with increased scar formation, which we call hypertrophic scarring or keloid. In such patients, extreme caution should be exercised with surgical correction, as it may result in an even larger and more pronounced scar.
Consult a surgeon before deciding on scar correction. You need to know what effect you can expect from the proposed procedure and when it will be achieved.
Very often, surgical correction is not the only procedure with which we can remove a scar, there are also treatments with which we can treat scars.
If there is a disorder in the healing of the wound, the so-called abnormal scars manifesting as broad, hypertrophic, and keloids.
- Wide scars are characterized by having the same arrangement of collagen fibers as a normal scar. The clinically typical wide scar is flat, wide and often recessed.
- Hypertrophic scars represent abnormal scar growth that does not extend into the skin that is not affected by the original wound. In hypertrophic scars, the maturation period lasts from 18 to 24 months.
- Keloid scars represent abnormal scar growth that extends into the skin that is not affected by the original wound.
After the examination, the doctor suggests a treatment that is appropriate for each patient. Sometimes a combination of treatments is needed to remove the scar.
The treatments that successfully solve the scar problem are radiofrequency lift, dermapen …