Scars can appear differently, depending on their cause. Typically, a scar will be lighter in tone to the surrounding skin, also being softer in texture. Scarring can result from a variety of causes, including: accidents, injuries and cancer. In general, a scar will form following injury to the skin, when it becomes cut or torn. This can be accidental, or from having had surgery.
The individual appearance of a scar will depend on the severity of the injury, as well as how much tissue was removed or destroyed. This can also determine its particular size, shape and colour. With fair skin, most scars will begin red or purple in colour, before fading to become much paler in tone. For those with darker skin, scars will often look grey.
Scars may also be caused by inflammation of tissue, such as with acne when the marks left on the skin look flat or pitted, and may also be accompanied by discolouration of the skin.
There are different types of scarring which may differ depending on the way the skin became damaged. Contracted scars where skin stretches and tears are commonly caused by burns. This type of scarring may also go deeper, affecting muscles and nerves.
Hypertrophic scars are raised, red scars that are often formed from too much collagen being sent to the damaged site. These scars will often continue to grow outside of their boundary. Keloid scars are similar to hypertrophic scars but do not go beyond the boundary of the injury. If you’ve had severe acne, you’re likely to develop acne scarring, ranging from deep pits to scars that are angular or wavelike in appearance. When scars form after surgery, they’re likely to be fine line scars that are straighter and neater in appearance.
Treatment for a scar will depend on the type of scarring. In some cases an aesthetic treatment such as dermal fillers can be used to help smooth the appearance of the skin. This method is often effective on acne scarring, but will only provide a temporary solution. At Chester Cosmetic Surgery we can perform both aesthetic treatments as well as surgical procedures for the revision of scars. Surgically, scars may be reopened to encourage improved regrowth of scar tissue, thus improving the overall size and shape.Book a Consultation