A man from Edinburgh was recently left with a permanent scar on his forehead when someone threw an object at his head as he walked through the city. Scars are formed when tissue is damaged, and the skin’s repair mechanism is unable to produce new skin that matches the surrounding area.

Scar tissue tends to be more fibrous, and can have a raised and uneven appearance. The pigmentation can also differ from that of the surrounding skin, making the scar more visible. Although this pinky-purple colour does tend to fade with time the presence of scarring means that the damage to the skin is permanent, and will never disappear.

This can cause problems for those who have scars in places that are difficult to camouflage, such as the face. As well as being a permanent reminder of the trauma and injury sustained, a noticeable scar can have a detrimental effect on a person’s confidence, and on the way they interact with others.

Luckily, intervention can improve the appearance of scarring. Microdermabrasion deeply exfoliates the skin, removing dead and damaged skin cells and encouraging the body to produce new healthy cells. When this treatment is combined with laser treatment, collagen production is also stimulated, resulting in smoother, healthier skin.