Scars and How You Can Help Heal Them by Hootan Melamed

Scars are bothersome. They mar the skin and ruin appearances. If you are lucky, the scar or scars are temporary and will soon heal and disappear or they are located in areas that can be hidden with the right clothes or accessories.

Types of scars

Simple wounds, bruise, scars and heal. Unfortunately, not all wounds heal completely. Certain wounds leave behind permanent reminders of accidents and incidents. These scars are an annoyance not only because they keep reminding us of things we do not want to remember but also because it affects our appearance. It affects our clothing choices as we keep reaching for items or accessories to hide the scars. Not all scars are alike. There are different types of scars and each do not heal in different ways.

Here are the 3 main types of scars:

Flat scars or atrophic scars: These type of scars are the result of stretch marks and acne. They are not the most aggressive scars but are the most common scars. Anyone that has suffered from acne has a faint scar or two that has not completely faded away. These scars are annoying but the easiest to live with.

Hypertrophic scars: This type of scar typically forms after surgery or due to serious burns. It involves a wound that has moderately to extremely penetrated the dermal tissue. Hypertrophic scar tissue protrudes above the skin, making it clearly visible. The only good things about hypertrophic scars is that they do not grow beyond the original wound area.

Keloid: The last type and most aggressive type of scar are keloids. This type of scar is extremely visible as the scar tissue protudes high above the normal skin. This is an aggressive form of scaring that is difficult to heal and difficult to contain. This type of scar attacks normal tissue around the wound and continually grows.

Healing Scars

Dr. Hootan Melamed, the Chairman and Founder of Skyler Holdings, Ltd.,and a well known pharmacist says you dont not just have to deal with scars by learning the best method of conceal them. There are methods or techniques that can be used to soften existing scar tissue and reduce the size of the scar. For example, by applying silicone dressings to scars, you can hydrate the scared layer, which will soften the tissue and lead to skin remodelling. PracaSil™-Plus is an ideal standalone therapy that can be used to reduce or eliminate scar tissue. However, different scars will require different healing techniques.

Healing flat scars

Flat scars that are caused by stretch marks or acne scars do not have large collagen or inflammation deposits, which will have to be dealt with before healing begins. For this type of scar, the focus is to renew the skin and improve appearance. Tretinoin can be used to renew skin while sodium hyaluronate and aloe can be used to hydrate the skin and soothe the scar respectively.

Healing Keloid and Hypertrophic Scars

Keloids and hypertrophic scars both protrude high above the normal skin. This excessive scaring is due to inflammation or collagen deposits. This inflammation or collagen deposits will need to be treated and reduced before the scaring can be healed.

Steroids can be used to reduce inflammation or collagen deposits while collagenase and hyaluronidase can be used to reduce the scar.

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