Different Types of Scar Tissue
Scar tissue formation occurs when trauma to the skin such as burns, skin tissue injuries, and surgical incisions takes place. Scars in general will never be completely erased, even though there are some available methods which can be used to reduce or minimize the appearance and the size of it, still it the skin will never be the same again.
Scars are not so bad and some of them are really necessary, if it’s a tiny one or located in areas that are easy to conceal it’s really not a big deal. But once the scar is too ugly even for you to look at, it’s better off to stay hidden under your clothing at all times possible.
Scarring of the tissues happen when nips and tears are experienced by the skin whether the action was completely out of a persons control or simply self-inflicted.
The formations of scar are part of the natural healing process of the body after a skin injury. Scar tissue is influenced by several factors. The characteristic of a scar tissue on the skin will depend on the size and depth of the incision or wound, also the location of the skin injury will make a big impact on it; although heredity, age, sex and ethnicity will also affect the reaction of the skin toward any kind of skin injury.
There are several types of scar tissue; keloid scar, hypertrophic scar, contracture scar, and acne scar. Keloid scars are usually the result of a scar healing process that may have been overly aggressive. The extensions of keloid scars go beyond the original skin injury and mobility or certain body movements may be affected by it over the time. Possible treatment of keloid scars are through steroids injections or surgical removal. For small keloid scar, a freezing therapy or otherwise known as cryotherapy; this is done by freezing the scar with liquid nitrogen upon removal. Keloid formation can also be prevented by gel pads with silicone or pressure treatments whenever you sustain any kind of major skin injury.
Hypertrophic scars are similar to keloid scars, raised and red but the only difference are this type of scar stay in the injury site and doesn’t breach the boundaries of it like keloid scars do. The inflammation of the scar can be reduced by steroid injections.
Contracture scars are results of burn trauma to the skin. When the skin has suffered from major degree burns, tightening of the skin happens. This can impair body movements and with this type of scar the damage may go deeper including the muscles and nerves.
Acne scars can be very embarrassing and annoying especially when they are located in your face. The scars will prove the severity of your acne condition. There are various types of acne scars, the characteristics ranges from deep pit to wavelike or angular looking type of scars. The treatments will vary on the type of acne scars a person may have.
Most scar tissue will fade and will become much less noticeable and hardly recognizable over time. Prescription or over-the-counter gels, ointments and creams; steroid and collagen injections will help the healing process of scars. Surgical removal is also one of the many options.