At Aurora Medical Aesthetics Centre we see scars on a daily basis. Some Scars are small and concealed and they do not bother our clients at all, however, some scars are large and unappealing. Very often the worst thing about scars is the emotional turmoil that our clients feel every time they look at one of their scars, especially those caused from traumatic events. Our clients often mention that every time they see their scars they remind them of the trauma they once suffered and that they would do anything to remove them.
In the case of smaller wounds or lesions, scars do not usually occur. Unfortunately, in larger more severe wounds, scars are a natural part of wound-healing. After an injury, the skin naturally repairs itself by forming fibrous tissue that replaces normal skin. This fibrous tissue is composed of the same protein (collagen) as normal skin, but the actual fibrous composition of this collagen is different to that of normal collagen. The collagen in scar tissue is weaker and inferior in quality to that of normal collagen causing the fibrous tissue to sit incorrectly in the skin and thus giving the scar a pronounced appearance.
There are different types of scars and possible treatment options may vary depending on the type, severity, depth & age of the scar. All these factors need to be considered when treating a scar and special care must be taken at all times so as not to cause more scarring or Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation. We decided to write this article to share our favourite (most effective) treatments with our readers, but also to illustrate to our readers that there are a number of different options available to you to suit your unique lifestyle and budget. There are so many options available that if you are trying to remove a traumatic scar, we would advise you to explore all the different procedures to find the one (or a combination) that would suit you best. We have rated these treatments as our favourites for a number of reasons:
They are the most popular treatments amongst our clients as they are affordable and require very little down time, if any at all.
They can treat different types of scars of any age.
These treatments show fantastic results with minimal risk to the client.
They are relatively quick procedures that can often be done in a lunch break.
Let’s take a closer look at each treatment:
Chemical Peeling is a process whereby we remove dead and/or inefficient skin cells from the surface of the skin using a combination of acids that are compatible with the skin. As skin cells are removed from the surface of the skin, it forces the skin to produce new, healthy skin cells. Chemical Peels are probably our favourite treatment of all. At Aurora Medical, we have helped clear so many different types of skin disorders/problems with peels alone. These peels are incredibly versatile and very safe. In the case of smaller, less severe scarring a course of chemical peels with a good home care regimen may be sufficient. For more severe scars, we usually like to start a scar removal procedure with chemical peeling as it ‘primes’ the skin very well for more invasive procedures.
This is another favourite at Aurora Medical Aesthetic Centre. Micro-Needling is a process of piercing the skin multiple times with tiny needles. Creating tiny puncture holes in the deeper layers of skin will cause an acute inflammatory response. This inflammatory response will help the skin breakdown scar tissue and form healthy, normal collagen and elastin. Creating tiny puncture holes in the skin will also help with product penetration, making your home care products much more effective.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy uses the client’s own platelets to induce collagen production. The client’s blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelet rich plasma. The PRP that is collected contains a greater concentration of growth factors and cytokines which are essential for collagen production. The PRP is then injected into the skin causing accelerated healing via new cell production and collagen formation in the scar.
Injectable fillers are hyaluronic acid-based products that are injected into the skin to add volume. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in human tissue and is therefore completely bio-compatible and carries virtually no risk. Injecting filler is a quick, safe way to raise scars that have a sunken in appearance. The filler will raise the scar temporarily, giving the skin a smoother appearance.
As with any aesthetic procedure, a good home care regimen is imperative in treating scars. Our skin needs to be nourished and hydrated twice a day and even more so in the case of treating scars. Certain ingredients, when used daily, will help make aesthetic procedures more effective and reduce the number of treatments needed to achieve the desired result. Using the correct products can also help reduce scarring after an injury has occurred as well as lift scarring so that medical aesthetic treatments may not always be needed.
In conclusion there are several treatments available to remove scars; it all depends on the type of scar that you wish to remove as well as what treatments will suit your lifestyle and budget. We have highlighted our favourite treatments in this article but please still consult your doctor or aesthetic therapist before starting any procedure or treatment as the above-mentioned procedures may not be the right course of treatment for your scars.These treatments are medical in nature and require a full consultation to ensure best results.
In the case of home care protocols, please ensure that you follow the advice given to you by your doctor or therapist as different scars will require different products. There is too much information about home care protocols to include in this article article so we will take a closer look at different products and ingredients in articles to follow.