What types of scars are there?

There are several different types of scars and they can all have different causes and treatments. Some of the scar types are keloid, hypertrophic and atrophic scars. Acne scarring is discussed elsewhere.

Scar Example

Keloid scarring

Keloid scars are hard, raised lumps that form in the skin, usually in response to an injury or surgery that can happen soon after or many months after the injury. They can become large and unsightly and cause distress for people.

They are more common in dark skinned individuals and occur most often on the face, chest and shoulders but can occur anywhere on the body.

Hypertrophic scarring

As a wound heals, it is normal for a scar to form that is red and prominent and then fades overtime. Sometimes, if a wound is under tension, it remains thick and raised up above the skin. This is known as a hypertrophic scar.

Atrophic scarring

Atrophic scars are the opposite to hypertrophic. Atrophic scars are thin and usually stretched and as they mature, generally become whiter and paler than the surrounding skin.

How can scarring be treated

Unfortunately, once a scar forms it is very difficult, if not impossible, to get it to look like normal skin again. However there are treatments that can improve the appearance of scars.

These include skin needling, Picosure laser and in severe cases, excision of the scar or steroid injection. Multiple treatments are usually needed to achieve an improvement in appearance. We also have the Emerge Fractional Laser which can be delivered by our experienced Dermal Therapists.