Types of ScarsBefore getting your scar treated, you should be familiar with the types of scars which is a normal reaction by your body to physical injury and can occur in varying sizes and shapes. People will ignore scars that are small, and not in an area exposed to view. But on a majority, scars resulting from burns, accidents, surgery, piercings and acne always remain and do not go away without proper treatment. It hence becomes important to understand the various types of scarring and hence which treatment can fix them effectively.
- Keloid scars: These scars are pretty obvious due to their reddish brown coloring, rising on the skin and ridged in texture. They are abnormal in nature since they are formed by excessive production of elastin and collagen fibers in the body.
- Contracture scars: Such scars are a characteristic of burn scars or areas where tissue has been removed from the body. This causes the scar to be smooth, shiny pink in appearance and cause puckering (stretching) of the skin making the skin contract in that area. Such scars affect muscular and nervous tissue as well.
- Hypertrophic scars: These scars are also raised and reddish brown in appearance, but unlike keloids they do not exceed the region of the wound but are still unappealing at best.
- Acne Scars: Acne scars are a result of acne and bacteria and these scars can vary from protruding bumps to depressions in the skin. Much like piercing scars caused from infection these scarring vary in shape and size making their treatment unique and can be determined only by visiting a dermatologist.