Scars are permanent markings on our skin that often appear after trauma, such as wounds or cuts. They develop as a natural part of healing. They are actually fibrous skin tissue that is the body’s way of replacing lost tissue. Those with severe acne may also experience scarring, as inflammation and irritation can cause trauma to the skin.
Scars can appear anywhere on the body, and there are several types. They can appear as pitted holes, fine lines, or an abnormal patch.
There most common types of scars include:
Scars are the result of the body’s natural healing process due to damaged tissue or inflammation of the oil glands. When the skin becomes damaged, tissues break and collagen is released to help heal the wound. Sometimes, too much collagen is formed and the blood supply at the site of the wound increases, leaving behind a raised bump or a scar. Over time, the collagen breaks down and the blood supply reduces, and the scar becomes smoother.
The following issues that may result in scarring include:
The symptoms of scars are different depending on the individual’s skin type and condition. It also depends on how severe the trauma to the skin was.
Some common symptoms include:
If you have any of the symptoms stated above, make an appointment with us for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.
Scars themselves typically do not cause any pain as they develop after the healing process. However, depending on the injury, they can cause mild discomfort as the wound is healing. Some scars like keloid scars may cause more pain and/or itchiness. Removing or lightening scars are often due to cosmetic concerns as they may be present in visible areas of the body, such as the face.
Everyone is at risk of developing scars in Singapore, as they are a natural part of healing and can happen to anyone at any age.
Nevertheless, certain factors may put you at a higher risk of developing scars:
As scars are not a medical condition, they are typically diagnosed visually by a dermatologist. The treatment will depend largely on the type and severity of the scar as well as your skin condition.
Treatment options for scars in Singapore are wide and varied. The type of treatment normally depends on your specific skin condition, the type of scar, and the results you wish to achieve. While some scars may be challenging to remove completely, treatment can lighten the appearance. Treatment for scarring varies widely, from laser therapy to topical creams to injectables.
At The Dermatology Clinic, our treatment options for scarring includes:
Our doctor can have a discussion with you about your concerns and the results you desire, before choosing the ideal treatment for you.
It depends on the severity as some minor scars often fade away after a few years. However, certain types of scars may need to be treated as they are permanent.
Scars form as part of the body's healing process, as your body builds tissue and releases collagen to repair damaged skin.
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