Scar tissue is the inevitable result of surgery or injury that damages the dermis (middle) layer of skin. All scars follow the same wound healing process of hemostasis, inflammation, proliferation, and maturation. Not all scars will appear the same, however. Some will fade over time and appear as a thin white line on the surface of the skin. Other scars can be more aggressive and leave a person with a number of unwanted side-effects. It’s encouraging to know that while some scar types can be burdensome to the patient, there are a number of safe and effective treatment options available to reduce side effects.
For many people, one of the most troubling experiences following injury or surgery is the scarring that develops as a result. While the formation of scar tissue after trauma is part of a normal and healthy wound-healing response, it can cause a person discomfort in a number of ways. Scars are unappealing not only because they look unattractive, but also because they cause the skin to become physically itchy and irritated. Itchy scar tissue is almost always accompanied by redness and inflammation, and this only magnifies the problem. For patients predisposed to significant scarring in the form of keloids and hypertrophic scars, a safe and effective scar management solution can help alleviate symptoms.