Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Scar Treatment Options

Scar Treatment Options By: Valerie DeVette

The human body usually receives a variety of injuries, including penetrating trauma, burn trauma and blunt trauma. All of these injuries set into motion an orderly sequence of events that are involved in the healing response, in which the normal functional tissue (skin) is replaced by connective tissue (scar) and the healing response is characterized by the movement of specialized cells into the wound site.

There are a variety of different scars that can be formed after any given injury has occurred. The following is a brief explanation of some of these types of scars.

What are pigmentary scars? A pigmentary scar is the result of multiple types of damage and can occur anywhere on the body but commonly means that there is no textural change in the skin, but the skin is noticeably discolored relative to normal skin color. A pigmentary scar may be light, lighter or darker or redder than the normal skin and requires to be approached very carefully in repairing with surgical or laser procedures. Caution is crucial because over-correction of the scar will produce a scar of a different color more difficult to treat.

What are hormone-induced scars? Hormone-induced scars commonly refer to melasma hormonal pigmentary disorders, which commonly occur exclusively in women but not always. And they are usually on the face but not exclusively. Also, they are tremendously difficult to treat. Melasma or hormonal coloration change needs very slow, step-wise reversal medically with the use of lasers and needs lifelong proper use of sunscreen to maintain clear.

How are acne scars treated? Acne scars can appear anyplace on the body, not only the face. They can be of various shapes and depth and can be addressed in numerous ways: sometimes with chemical peel methods, other times with surgical scar removal laser or micro-dermabrasion procedures, and with natural topical creams. No matter of the scar or number of scars, it is a long-term process to efficiently minimize acne scar visibility.

How are animal bite scars treated? They're commonly treated by blending them to the surrounding non-scar skin. Usual blending involves topical medical products to soften the scars -such as rosehip oil-, followed by resurfacing laser and microdermabrasion procedures for blending surface quality. And if there is a remaining color mismatch then oftentimes, permanent make-up, tattooing, is employed at the end.

Is cortisone still used as a treatment for skin scars? Cortisone can be applied both topically and by injection into the wound to promote better healing and scar creation reduction.There is great artistry needed for the injectible cortisone to work well and it is best done by someone who clinically does this frequently..

Topical Treatments When considering topical biological products we must take into account that the skin is a barrier to exterior environment and will not let all products that argue to be cosmetic or dermatological ingredients into it, in the same way as it does not allow most airborne pollutants into it.

The truth is that the skin works as a filter to assess and determines the relationship - the user-friendliness, if you will - to the inner body itself. The skin is a very adaptable organ. It is made to adapt to the ambience so it can help to keep us alive in any given climate. The most immediate ambience to our skin is what we apply on it topically. Yes, the skin care and cosmetics we select.

By: Valerie DeVette

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