A scar is formed when the skin heals after an injury or trauma. Scarring is natural and part of the healing process. There are several different types of scars. Scar types include contracture scars, keloid scars, hypertrophic scars and acne scars.
Contracture scars are the result of second and third degree burns. These scars involve tightening of the skin. If contracture scars are not treated quickly, they can cause restriction in movement around the burned area.
Keloid scars are masses of collagen that grow beyond the original wound. Keloid scarring is more common in people under age twenty and in people with dark skin. Keloids are not dangerous but they can be unattractive and may be irritated by clothing. The tendency to form keloid scars seems to run in families.
Hypertrophic scars rise above the rest of the skin but are confined to the wound area. These scars are formed when the body overproduces collagen after an injury. They are more common than keloid scars and may even fade over time.
Acne scars are common in people who have had severe acne. This type of scarring can have one or more of the following appearances: ice pick scars, box car scars, rolling scars or hypertrophic scars. Ice pick scars are the most common acne scars. They appear as an indentation in the skin. Scars can also appear as hyperpigmentation of the skin.
Although scars are normal, they sometimes appear in places that cannot be covered with clothing and can impact a person's self-esteem and social life. Set up a consultation with Dr. Zizmor to discuss your treatment options.