Scars come in many shapes and sizes and can be caused by a variety of things – as a result of an accident, trauma, a surgical intervention, or due to illness, disease or a skin condition, such as acne.
Scars can be atrophic in nature where they have the appearance of a depression or sunken area of skin where the underlying tissue has been damaged – this applies to acne scars, chicken pox scars or stretch marks, as well as some scars from surgery or accidental cuts. Scars can be hypertrophic where they are thick and raised in nature so are more obvious when you run your finger over them. Some people and certain ethnicities are more prone to hypertrophic or keloid scar formation when they produce scar tissue. These scars are the most difficult to treat effectively, but can still be improved upon in many cases.
No matter what causes a scar, the simple fact of having a visible scar, especially on a prominent part of the body such as the face, hands or arms can have a significant psychological effect on the individual concerned. A desire to hide or camouflage the scar with make-up or clothing, a constant self-consciousness about it, or at its worst a lack of self-esteem leading to isolation and social exclusion can all be due to the presence of an undesired scar.
Scars can also lead others to have an impression about the character of another person upon first meeting – let’s face it, most film ‘baddies’ will have a prominent facial scar to show their ‘battle wounds’ and just how tough they are, so the association and stereo-type is evident. Similarly, a recent survey by a company that makes a scar management cream showed that a third of the 250 men they questioned felt the need to alter their behaviour when first meeting people, either as a way of tackling negative impressions related to a ‘bad boy’ image caused by the presence of a scar or even to play up to it.
At Hilton Skin Clinics in Reading we have a variety of treatments that we can offer to help reduce the appearance of many different types of scar, in some cases we can virtually eliminate them completely. A thorough consultation and diagnosis of your scar type and history will mean that we can choose the best treatment option for you.
Medical skin needling with our electronic dermaroller device called the Electronic Dermastamp (EDS) is a great method for treating atrophic scars. By applying tiny needles which penetrate into the top layers of the skin we are able to stimulate the production of new collagen and skin cells to repair the area of the scar.
Similarly, we can use our iPixel fractional laser treatment which creates tiny ‘pixel-like’ areas of damage in the scar tissue when the ablative skin resurfacing laser energy is delivered. Again this stimulates the natural healing responses in the skin and new cells are produced which improve the scarred area.
Mild acne or chicken pox scarring can also be treated with some of the chemical peels that we offer.
Our specialist skincare experts can also advise you on a range of professional skincare products which you can use at home to aid the production and turnover of new skin cells; this will help improve your overall skin condition and aid in the reduction of the scarring that we are addressing.
To find out more about scar reduction options simply contact Hilton Skin Clinics today to book an appointment.