Scars have a habit of sticking around for much longer than you’d like them to. They can be a reminder of a past event, and sometimes you’d really rather forget.
Types of Scars
Before we dive right into finding out how to get rid of scars, it’s best to showcase the different types of scars there are. That way, when you know what you’re dealing with, you’ll be better prepared to try and get rid of it. Here’s your scar run-down:
- Hypertrophic scars – confined to the area of injury, will be thicker and more raised than other scar types. Scars can also appear as red
- Atrophic scars – Indented scars that occur below your skin’s surface and happen when skin tissue or collagen is lost because of an injury or due to inflammation in the area. Atrophic scars are the most common form of scarring and this is often the type of scarring you’ll get after acne and can also be called ice pick scars
- Traumatic tattooing – this type of scarring can occur if you experience an explosive trauma. If, for example, foreign matter embeds into your skin, it can leave a scar. Graphite from pencils, metal or glass can all cause traumatic tattooing scars
- Surgical/laceration scars – whether caused due to surgery or an accident, a cut in the skin will result in this type of scar. It usually heals in the line that the cut originally caused
- Keloid scars – these large, raised pink/red/brown or tan scars happen when your body produces too much collagen. Instead of just healing your scar wound, skin surrounding the area also becomes larger. Keloid scars can be itchy or even painful
- Erythematous scars – pink or red in tone, this form of scar occurs because of neovascularization – or when your skin forms new blood vessels while the injured site is healing
- Complex scars – when skin has been burnt or been subject to extensive trauma, complex scars can form
- Stretch marks – appear as white, red, purple or dark brown lines on the skin and occur when a person’s skin grows fast or shrinks quickly
How to Get Rid of Scars in-Clinic
Scar removal can be a tricky process, and how it’s done often depends on the types of scar tissue to be treated. At Este, we offer various treatments for scar removal whether you’re looking to help heal a c section scar, acne scars or ice pick scars.
Pixel Laser Resurfacing
The ultimate in laser scar removal. This treatment delivers laser to your skin via a micro-optics lens. Pixel-sized ablation dots ensure the laser is delivered deep down into your skin. How deep it goes depends on your specific treatment needs. Acne scars and chicken pox scars respond well to pixel laser resurfacing.
Acne scars, surgical scars and stretch marks can be treated with microneedling at Este. Your treatment will last around an hour and your skin may look a little red afterwards, but you can get straight back on with your day as there’s zero downtime involved. Mirconeedling creates tiny little needles that enter your skin to promote collagen and elastin production which in turn can help to ease the appearance of scars.
Get rid of dead skin cells, slough off old skin layers and kickstart your body into producing fresh, healthy new skin. Chemical peels can significantly improve the appearance of acne scars, wrinkles and pigmentation marks.
Dermal fillers are by no means a cure-all, but they will instantly improve the appearance of sunken scar tissue. We’re talking ice pick scars caused by acne or atrophic scars to give it its medical name. For a quick fix in the battle against how to get rid of acne scars, dermal fillers are worth investigating.
The Magic Needle
Short-pulse radio frequency is married with microneedling to boost your skin’s density and firmness. The Magic Needle option is great for stretch marks and acne scarring and can help tackle large pores and ageing skin too.
How to Get Rid of Scars at Home
Fancy tackling your scarring at home? We hear you. Sometimes it’s just not possible to get to a clinic. If that’s the case, you could invest in an at-home red light therapy device to help boost your skin’s cell renewal process.
Alternatively, there are plenty of scar-friendly serums and topical creams you could try. KELO-COTE® is one of them. It’s a clinically-proven silicone gel for scars and can be applied to hypertrophic and keloid scars that have occurred following surgery, a burn, wound, skin trauma or c-section.
Book a Consultation at Este
With so many different types of scars out there it can be hard figuring out what type of scar yours is. If you’ve tried to deal with your scarring at home but have had no success, let the experts at Este help you. We have a host of powerful scar treatment options which have helped many of our clients feel better about their skin and bodies.
Get in touch with us today to find out more.