Scars can be treated rather than hidden

Posted on 14 Aug, 2011

Scars form when the skin is damaged and attempts to repair itself. The damage could be the result of any number of causes: accident, operation, injury, burn, skin conditions… The result will be the same. The body’s healing process stimulates the production of collagen, and the growth of new skin. Unfortunately, the scar tissue is not as good as new, and can have uneven pigmentation and a raised or depressed appearance.

Scars can take years to fade, if they do at all. Some people wear them a bit like war wounds, while for others, the constant reminder of the injury can be distressing and they prefer to conceal the scar as best they can. Some women have been unable to live with their mastectomy scars and have had them covered with large decorative tattoos.

And yet hiding a scar behind a tattoo will not be the best option for many people. Laser treatment can provide an alternative. A combination of microdermabrasion and laser therapy can significantly reduce the appearance of scar tissue, by removing the damaged upper layers of skin and encouraging the body to produce collagen and new skin growth, without damaging the healthy skin surrounding the scar.