All trauma to the dermis causes scarring of some degree. As they mature, scars can fade and blend into the skin - while others can be deeper, more prominent and textured - sometimes becoming very thick, discoloured or puckered. Generally scars improve over time, and with patience and care will reduce in their appearance. Larger operations, trauma or infection can cause greater scarring. Despite being an inevitable aspect of skin trauma or incision, scars can lead to emotional anguish and discomfort, especially when they are obvious or on an exposed part of the body such as the face, chest, arms or hands. If you are planning surgery and are concerned about scarring - or have existing scars from previous surgery, trauma, acne or self-harm - ask us about our non surgical treatment options, which have been developed to accelerate the maturation process of scarring for new scars, or optimise old scars. Individual treatment programs are crafted for each patient, and may include one, or a combination, of the following:
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Microneedling is a quick, low downtime scar reduction treatment that involves the tip of a Dermapen being passed over the scar or stretch mark. Micro needles rapidly penetrate the upper layers of the dermis, causing old skin to exfoliate off and stimulating the growth of healthy fresh skin underneath.
This fractionated medical grade laser strategically passes tiny beams into the dermis, removing old, scarred skin and stimulating the growth of a healthy fresh cells. Fraxel also encourages the production of the body’s own collagen, to plump and smooth. It is suitable for all skin types.
INJECTIONS + TOPICAL PRODUCTS
From steroid injections to over-the-counter silicone gel and prescriptive compounds with powerful plant-based extracts that are proven to remodel and reduce the appearance of scars - our team utilises the best possible topical and injectable products to treat scarring.
Optimal wound care immediately after surgery can significantly impact on scarring. Following your post op instructions, attending your post op appointments and utilising at-home scar reduction products we provide, helps us work with you to ensure the best possible healing.
hand scar before and after treatment
stretch mark before and after treatment
above: before and after one Fraxel scar reduction treatment
It's possible to reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. Book a complimentary consultation and find out which treatment can help you.
Frequently asked questions about scar reduction
What causes scarring?
The scar could vary due to a number of factors, such as the wound’s depth, location and size. Ethnicity, age, gender and genetics are also factors that can contribute to how your scar forms. The new scar tissue has a different texture, colour and quality than the surrounding tissue.
What are the common types of scars?
Contracture scars result primarily from burns to the skin. The scar makes the skin tighter and can impair movement; it can also affect nerves and muscles, depending on its depth.
Hypertrophic scars are red and raised; they can look a lot like keloid scars, but they stay contained within the injury’s boundary.
Keloid scars grow beyond the area of the original injury. They can be discoloured, raised, itchy or uncomfortable - and commonly form in people with dark skin.
Why are some of my scars raised?
Why is massage good for scars?
Is a scar permanent?
How soon can I start scar optimisation?
- adhere to your post operative instructions, and if you are unsure - ask us!
- avoid sleeping on, or causing trauma, to your wound
- use high quality dressings
- attend your post operative appointments to ensure your wound is checked for any signs of poor healing or infection
- don’t smoke
- have a good diet
- use sun protection
- if you’ve been prescribed antibiotics, take the full course
- apply topical antibiotic gel / Chlorsig
- if you have any concerns, promptly raise them with your post operative wound nurse
- avoid stress - anxiety hampers optimal healing
After your stitches and dressings have been removed, you may be advised to continue using your topical antibiotic cream, or you may choose to start using a healing gel compound, which Dr Sharp may prescribe for you.
After your wound has healed, you will be encouraged to massage it daily with clean hands - using silicone gel or your prescriptive healing complex. The longer you continue to do this daily massage, the better your scar results will be. If you wish to be very proactive about your scar optimisation, you can commence scar treatments such as dermal micro needling 6 weeks after your surgery. Ongoing sun protection is also very important.
What are the most common causes of scars that people seek treatment for?
Trauma and accidents - through dog bites to the face, workplace accidents or childhood injuries can cause prominent scars that can make people feel self conscious, or limited in their movement.
Self harm scars can be an unwanted reminder of previous trauma and as people move into a new chapter in their lives, they often wish to reduce the visibility of these scars.
Is it possible to have scar-less surgery on your skin?
How can steroid injections help scars?
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