Posted on February 27, 2012 with No Comments
What are the types of scars? First a little background – Scars are the trophies and the stories that you tell for years after they happen, or they can be something that you try to keep hidden from the view of others. Whatever scars are to you they will form every time that there is an injury and the shape they take is determined by your age, gender, ethnicity and even your genetics. The skin is the largest organ and scars are the way the body heals itself. Although healing happens rather quickly you will not be able to tell how the scar will look until months after the injury occurred. The injuries that can cause scars include burns, stretching, lacerations, acne and even puncturing. Some viruses can in some instances lead to scaring, but that is not as common.
Keloid And Hypertrophic Scars
When people tell you that they are embarrassed about their scars it is very likely that they are talking about keloid scars. Keloid are one of the types of scars that happen because a person’s healing process can get a bit more aggressive than necessary. That means that the scar will have extra tissue that the skin did not have before and often are in more than one spot on the body. Hypertrophic scars are very similar to Keloid and often may be treated with emu oil for scars. The difference is that they will only be in the single area where the injury happened. They will have a similar look to Keloid in that they will be raised and red but in the one area. These scars usually are associated with cuts and the depth of the cut determined how raised the scar will be in the end.
Contracture And Atrophic Scars
Atrophic scars are not raised like keloids or hypertrophic scars; in fact they are the complete opposite. The Atrophic scars are the ones that happen when the fat or the muscle under the skin is damaged to the point that even when you have a very active healing process it will not be enough to get to the same level that the skin had before. Contracture scars are the ones that will present on the body as a result of a burn. The skin when burnt is destroyed and so the scars tighten the body. The size of the scar can in some severe cases even prevent a person’s mobility. The size of the scar can also go into the muscles and prevent the correct functioning.
The look and size of acne scars will depend on the amount of acne that a person had. The scars vary in appearance from wave-like scarring to atrophic scarring. The scars can be treated with a scar cream, and the treatment will mostly depend on the amount and the size of the scar. The treatment can consist of steroid injections to even small surgical cuts on the affected skin. Another type of treatment used for acne scarring is freezing. If any of these types of scars becomes too bad, they can be removed with a small surgery. Your dermatologist will be able to tell you what type of procedures are best for you. You should always give the scar at least a year’s time to be fully developed before scar removal surgical treatment.