Scars are visible marks on the skin where excessive tissue growth has occurred once an injury or wound has healed. There are different types of scars including, fine lines, hypertrophic, keloid, and atrophic scars. Scars can be caused by acne, injury, surgery, pregnancy and c-sections. Visible scarring on the skin can lead to discomfort and have a psychological impact.
What are the different types of scars?
Fine line scars are common scars that occur after a wound or surgery. These scars typically take around 6 months to heal and fade over time.
Hypertrophic or ‘raised’ scars are the result of excess collagen being produced at the wound. This forms a raised area above the wound but does not extend beyond the wound.
Keloid scars are the result of an overly aggressive recovery and healing process that leads to an overgrowth beyond the original wound.
Atrophic scars are indented or ‘sunken’ scars that heal below the layer of skin tissue. Atrophic scars form when the skin is unable to regenerate tissue which results in imbalanced scarring.