What are Scars and Stretch Marks?
Scars and stretch marks (striae) are a result of injury to the skin (trauma, wounds, inflammation) and from lacerations, burns, and acne.
Scarring is a natural part of the healing process after an injury.
The appearance of a scar depends on the type of injury, age, ethnicity and genetic predisposition.
Types of Scars
Keloid scars are “ropey” raised and often lighter in appearance to the rest of the skin. They occur from an overly aggressive healing process. They can be treated with surgery, steroids or silicone sheeting. These scars most often occur in people with dark skin.
Contracture Scars occur when your skin has been burned and excessive skin tightening occurs after healing. These scars can impair your ability to move.
Hypertrophic Scars are raised and red similar to keloids. Steroids and silicone sheeting can improve the appearance of these scars.
Acne scarring results from severe acne usually cystic. These scars can appear as “pitting” or “ice-pick” scars, or wave-like irregularities on the skin.
Scars (other than keloid, hypertrophic and contracture) including “stretch marks” can be treated with a topical skin remodeler such as a retinoid or PRP/Collagen Induction Therapy and LASER resurfacing.