Scars treatment options
What causes scars?
Scars are formed by the overproduction of collagen on the healing process of a wound following an accident, disease, and skin conditions such as acne, or surgeries.
Normal scars will develop during the first 48 hours after wound closure and can fade within 3 months, whereas abnormal scars can occur up to 18 months later.
The new scar tissue will have a different texture and quality than the surrounding tissue and come as a result of an accident, disease, skin conditions such as acne, burns, or surgery.
There are four types of scars:
Hypertrophic scars are the most common type of scar and follow the line of the injury such as a burn or accident, or after surgery. People with hypertrophic scars may notice that they fade over time.
Keloid scars become larger and wider than the original wound. They are prevalent on dark skin and appear usually on the chest, ear, or shoulders.
Keloids have the appearance of firm, hard and elevated scars. They get bigger over time and its color varies from slightly pink to very dark.
The main difference between a hypertrophic and a keloid scar is that the latter extends away from the area of the injury and can be quite large.
Both keloids and hypertrophic scars tend to occur more frequently in younger people between 10 and 30 years old.
A contracture scar, also known as burn scars, are formed when the skin is burned on the top layer (superficial burn) or through to the second layer of skin (partial thickness burn).
The size of the scar depends upon the size of the burn and tend to be hypertrophic scars but spread over a large area and sometimes impair the movement of the area involved.
Atrophic scars are small pitted indentations in the skin after acne, chickenpox, insect bites or in some cases after injections.
What are the treatment options for scars?
The treatment options are various and the one for you will depend on the type of scars. Below you can find treatment options and health providers in the Dominican Republic.
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