HOW WIDE OR DEEP THE SCAR IS AFFECTED BY WHERE IT IS AND HOW IT TENDS TO GROW

Scars always occur following surgery, injuries or burns. How wide or deep these are depends on where they are located and how they tend to grow. The narrowest scars occur on areas of thin skin, e.g. scars on the eyelid, which are usually 1 mm wide. Scars widen more easily in areas where the skin is elastic, e.g. the back and joints. In such locations, it is normal for them to become 4–8 mm wide.

SCAR GROWTH IS GENETIC

The cells that make scar tissue work too effectively in one in ten people, a propensity that is genetic. There are different types of scar. Hypertrophic scars occur following, for example, burns and they seldom expand, but easily become deeper and thicker. Scars that widen are called keloids and these occur on people of all ages, but most frequently on young people who have more elastic skin.

Scar growth is most common on the shoulders, chest and ears.

VARIOUS METHODS FOR TREATING SCARS

SURGICAL SCAR CORRECTION

Plastic surgeons endeavour to make incisions in the same direction as the fine lines of the skin as this makes them as invisible as possible. Dissolving stitches are used in an attempt to prevent scars being drawn out. If, following surgery, the scar has become wider due to inflammation or because the wound has opened up, it is a good idea to consult the plastic surgeon for scar correction surgery. Scars that have been caused by accidents can also be corrected with plastic surgery.

CORRECTION OF SCARS USING CO2 LASER TREATMENT

Scars can be corrected using a CO2 laser, which is primarily used to treat skin changes and to smooth skin and scars. It is also possible to reduce the size of wrinkles, fine lines and moles using CO2. Solar keratosis caused by the sun’s UV rays can also be treated with a carbon dioxide laser.

You can find out more about CO2 laser treatment here.

SCARS ARE CORRECTED USING PLASTIC SURGERY AND CO2 LASERS AT EIRA HOSPITAL BY:
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