What is Scar Repair?
If you’ve ever been injured, had invasive surgery, or broken your skin in any way, you most likely have a scar. Often, a scar can be a reminder of an unpleasant experience. But in some cases, like a Cesarean section scar, it can be a reminder of a wonderful event. However, regardless of the circumstances, sometimes we just don’t want to live with a scar, and that’s OK. You don’t have to.
Scar removal is exactly what it sounds like—removing a scar, whether it was caused by injury or surgery. It’s important to know that it’s nearly impossible to completely remove a scar, and restore the skin to its pre-trauma state. However, depending on the size, type, and severity of the scar, it may be possible to diminish it to the point where it’s hardly visible. You’ll still know it’s there, but it could be that most people won’t even notice it.
You may think a scar is just a scar, regardless of how it came about, or what it looks like. This is not the case. There are actually three types of scars, and their features determine how easy—or difficult—it will be to remove them.
These scars appear sunken, as indentations in the skin. Common causes of atrophic scars are chicken pox, injuries, surgery, and acne, although these can sometimes also develop as hypertrophic scars. Once formed, the size and shape of atrophic scars do not usually change.
These scars appear raised, and are usually the result of acne, burns, piercings, or cuts, which means surgical scars are often hypertrophic. Over time, hypertrophic scars become smaller and less noticeable.
These scars are also raised, but continue to expand over time. This is because keloid scars are actually a type of nonmalignant tumor created by an overgrowth of scar tissue. Some ethnicities are more prone to keloid scars, particularly those with darker skin.
How is Scar Removal Performed?
How your aesthetician decides to perform your scar removal will depend greatly on what type of scar you have. Once that’s determined, there are a few scar removal methods to choose from.
Fractional Laser Resurfacing
This non-ablative laser treatment is ideal for treating atrophic scars. The heat from the laser gently breaks down the tissue underneath your skin, which causes the skin to heal itself by producing collagen. This will “push out” the atrophic scar, and help generate new, smooth skin in the treated area.
Also ideal for atrophic scars, dermal fillers can be injected into the scars themselves to also “push out” the skin, doing away with the indentation. The downside is that they’re a temporary solution as the filler substances are absorbed by the body over time. To maintain the scar removal appearance, you would need to return for treatments on a regular basis.
As its name suggests, this method entails abrading the skin. However, it’s not as invasive as it may sound. Microdermabrasion at Evincy is performed with our system. At the same time a diamond-head tip exfoliates and resurfaces the skin, serum is applied through the device to hydrate and plump the skin, making it a good choice for atrophic scars.
At Evincy, we use an adhesive silicone product to facilitate scar reduction. Silicone hydrates the scarred area, which reduces collagen production, which is what forms scar tissue.
This self-adhesive silicone strip is applied to the scar, and worn for several hours a day until the adhesiveness dissipates, which usually takes two to three days. It works well on surgical scars, even those as old as 20 years.