WHAT IS IT:
Red, purple or brown discolourations on the skin, depressions (atrophic scarring) or raised areas (hypertrophic or keloid scarring) in response to the skin experiencing damage.
The amount and nature of scarring that occurs is partially dependent on the type and extent of trauma, the skin type, hereditary factors, and how the scar is managed.
It occurs as a result of damage being done to the deep living layers of the skin and when the new collagen produced is different in some way to the rest of the skin. Scar tissue collagen usually does not form in the cross-weave pattern that we see in healthy skin. If there is too little of it or there is loss of fat underneath it, then we get an atrophic scar and if too much collagen is being laid down, a keloid or hypertrophic scar is formed.
TREATMENT OPTIONS / depend on the type of scar and skin type and include: