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Don’t let scars ruin your style

Be confident and feel good about yourself. Get rid of the scar that gets in the way
of your shining moments!

What is a scar?

Scar formation is a natural part of the healing process and occurs when the skin repairs wounds caused by accident, surgery or disease.The more the skin is damaged, the longer it takes to heal and the greater the chance of a noticeable scar.



The way a scar forms is affected by age, location and certain genetic factors. Younger skin is more susceptible to over-development when healing, resulting in larger, thicker scars. Initially, a scar can appear red and thick, and then may gradually fade over time.



The build-up of scar tissues does not only change the skin visually but also leads to limited functional movements. If you or someone you know has a scar, you’re probably aware how distressing and disfiguring they can be, and just how seriously they can undermine self-confidence.



Any scar, regardless of its size or location, can be perceived as a personal problem. Some may learn to accept their scar, but many never forget it. It is widely accepted by psychologists that proactively treating to reduce the visibility of a scar can actually help boost self-esteem.
Most people are unaware that there are treatments available to improve the appearance of scars, making it virtually unnoticeable.

Problems with scars

Scars may take up to 18 months or longer to flatten and fade after

injury. There are also bad, problematic scars that may have the

following effects:

  • Grow bigger
  • Remain red/dark and elevated without fading
  • Cause discomfort, itching or pain
  • Restrict the movement of a joint
  • Cause distress because of appearance
What influences scar formation?

Age
Skin healing is slower in older people while younger skin tends to “overheal”, forming larger, thicker scars. [1]

Genetic factors – skin type
People of African and Asian descent, with highly pigmented skin, are especially prone to abnormal scars, such as Keloids. [1-3]

Scar location
Scars over or near muscles that are particularly active, such as the back, legs, shoulders and joints, often spread or become more visible than scars formed on less active areas. [1]

Wound infection or complications
Wound infection increases the likelihood of abnormal scarring.

References:
1. English RS, Shenefelt PD. Dermatol Surg 1999; 25:631-638
2. Brissett AE, Sherris DA. Facial Plast Surg 2001; 17:4
3. Bayat A et al. BMJ 2003; 326:88–92