Any injury or trauma to the skin such as acne, can cause a scar

Treating your scars visibility and comfort

Any injury or trauma to the skin can cause a scar. In many cases most people are not worried about their scars unless they are visible and cause shyness or a feeling of self-consciousness.

Scarring is a natural part of the healing process after an injury. Its appearance and its treatment depend on multiple factors:

  • Depth and size of the injury
  • Location of the injury
  • Age
  • Genes,
  • Sex
  • Ethnicity

Different types of scars

In the treatment of your scars it is important to understand that the type of scar and your desired outcome will dictate the treatment option available.

  • Keloid scars. These scars are the result of an overly aggressive healing process. They extend beyond the original injury.
  • Contracture scars. If your skin has been burned, you may have a contracture scar. Contracture scars may also go deeper, affecting muscles and nerves.
  • Hypertrophic scars. These are raised, red scars that are similar to keloids but do not go beyond the boundary of the injury.
  • Acne scars. There are many types of acne scars, ranging from deep pits to scars that are angular or wavelike in appearance.

Treatment options for scars

While no scar can be removed completely, Dr Chris Snijman will be able to reduce the visibly making it less obvious. Your treatment options will depend on your type of scar, scar location and expected outcomes.

Undergoing Scar treatment with Dr Chris Snijman is as simple as making an appointment. Call his Morningside (Sandton) rooms now on 011 884 9957.

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