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What is a Scar?

Scarring is a healing process of the skin in response to damage sustained. Scarring is a bodily reaction to injury, during which the skin thickens, hardens and reddens.

Based on evidence from research in the field of scar healing, it is imperative to begin treatment with pressure garments as soon as signs of hypertrophic scarring appear and wounds are closed. Scar treatment is more effective when it is prophylactic in nature, prior to the development of the scar. An early start may even reduce the required treatment period.

Types of Scars

Hypertrophic Scars
These scars result from the wound repair process and do not grow outside the confines of the original wound. Hypertrophic scars are normally red, thick and may be painful or itchy. This type of scar starts developing within a few weeks following injury and occasionally improves without intervention.

Keloid Scars
Keloids are elevated scars that extend beyond the original margins of the wound. Keloid scar development cannot be predicted; however, they are more prominent in certain populations: people with dark skin, and people of oriental decent are more often affected. The keloid scar may appear as an elevated growth with rounded margins, and may originate from ear piercing as well as from injury.

Scar Treatment

Currently, the standard treatment for scars consists of:

For scars that do not respond to these treatments, your plastic surgeon may consider the use of steroid injections or even surgical or laser removal of the scar; however, it is important to remember that scarring may develop following these procedures as well.

Complications Caused by Scarring

Your therapy team will monitor the wound healing process and recommend treatment using silicone sheets and/or pressure garments as necessary, to prevent the development of scarring, or for treatment of an already existing scar.

The scar healing process may last between a few weeks to two years for severe and extensive scarring.
Although we cannot make scars disappear, appropriate and timely treatment can effectively reduce scar height and improve scar appearance.