A scar is a mark left on the skin after injury. As part of the natural healing process, the body forms new collagen fibres to repair the wound, and scar tissue replaces the skin. Most scars fade over time, but they never disappear completely.
There are several different types of scar. Fine-line scars are caused by minor cuts and leave a red, raised line which gets paler and flatter over time. These scars can look more obvious on darker skin as they may leave white marks.
Keloid scars are raised above the skin and are caused by an overgrowth of collagen at the injury site. They continue to grow after the wound is healed and can be itchy.
Pitted scars sink into the skin and are commonly caused by acne and chickenpox. They are sometimes referred to as ‘ice-pick’ scars as the skin looks like it has been pierced by something sharp.
A number of aesthetic procedures, including dermal fillers and laser treatments, have proven effective in reducing the appearance of scarring. We offer both of these options for treating scars at Harpenden Skin Clinic.
If you relate to this condition but still feel unsure, at Harpenden Skin Clinic we are always here to help and advise patients on the best possible treatment journey performed by experienced clinicians.