The origin of scars

When we are born the human skin is seamless. As we age we encounter incidents in life that can cause harm to the body and maybe even scars. Some small scars may not be noticeable, others can be hindering because of their seize, number or location. Sometimes the cause of the scar can be traumatic or emotional. All these can be reasons to seek a treatment to improve the appearance of the scars.

Acne scarring

Acne scarring is seen mostly when patients have suffered from severe acne later in life, after puberty. During the years after that acne scarring can become even deeper and more noticeable. Many wrinkles we see at forty actually start from skin which has been weakened by acne even decades before. Acne scars are characterized by differences in height and firmness of the skin, making the skin look uneven.

Treating scars

Depending on the age the anatomy of the scars several treatments are an option.

In case of young (less than one year) scars which are characterized by redness and swelling (hypertropic scars) reduction of tissue reaction by application of silicon sheets or injections with botulinum toxin (Botox) is the treatment of choice.

For big scars caused by a disrupted healing such as after an infected wound, surgery could be needed to eliminate the uneven tissue. This can be done at least one year after the injury.

Very mild scarring can be optically improved by using a laser or chemical peels.

Small, older, hypotrofic scars (most of the acne scars), seen as dimples or lines, could be treated with intradermal injections of a filler, Restylane, that strengthens the skin locally and thus reduce the variation in skin strength that characterizes the scars.

Acne scar right cheek, before and after Restylane;

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