Scars Treatment Specialist in Coquitlam, BC
After an injury, normal skin is replaced by an area of fibrous tissue, which is known as a scar. In the course of the body’s healing process, scars develop. Your body creates tissue to fill in gaps left by an injury and heal damaged skin. Dr. David Owers, MD, assists patients at Ageless 3.0 with scar removal. We are conveniently located at Unit 307, 1192 Lansdowne Drive, Coquitlam, BC V3E 1J7. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online.
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Scars can be caused by a wide range of factors, including:
• Medical procedures such as surgeries
• Certain medical conditions.
When the skin is damaged, the body initiates a complex repair process, which involves the formation of new collagen fibers to replace the damaged tissue. The appearance and characteristics of a scar depend on several factors, such as the depth and size of the wound, the location of the body, and individual factors like genetics and skin type. While scars are a normal part of the healing process, certain factors can influence their development, such as:
• Improper wound care
• Infection to the wound
• Poor nutrition
• Poor hygiene
• Excessive tension on the wound.
Overall, not all wounds will turn into visible scars. Additionally, the extent and appearance of each scar depend on many factors.
Common scar types include:
• Hypertrophic scars – These scars are raised and appear red or pink. Hypertrophic scars occur due to an overproduction of collagen during the healing process.
• Atrophic scars – Atrophic scars are sunken into the skin. They can be caused by conditions like acne and chickenpox.
• Keloid scars – Similar to hypertrophic scars, keloid scars are raised and extend beyond the original wound site. These can be itchy, and painful, and continue to grow even after the wound has healed.
• Contracture scars – This type of scar occurs when the skin tightens and restricts movement due to a significant loss of tissue, such as from burns. These scars can affect the underlying muscles and tendons.
• Stretch marks – Although not considered traditional scars, stretch marks are a form of skin scarring that occurs due to rapid stretching of the skin, commonly seen during pregnancy, puberty, and weight gain.
Scars turn dark due to a process known as hyperpigmentation. When the skin is injured, the body produces melanin, which is a pigment responsible for skin, hair, and eye color. Sometimes, during the healing process, an excess amount of melanin is produced, leading to the darkening of the scar.
Several factors often contribute to scar hyperpigmentation. One of the main causes is increased sun exposure. UV radiation stimulates melanin production, which can darken the scar. Hormonal changes, such as those occurring during pregnancy or while taking certain medications, can also affect melanin production and lead to darker scars. Additionally, people with darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation of scars due to increased melanin production.
To prevent scars from turning dark, it’s critical to protect them from excessive sun exposure by using sunscreen and covering them with clothing or bandages. Applying scar creams containing ingredients like vitamin C or hydroquinone can lighten dark scars. If you’re concerned about the darkness of your scars, it’s advised to consult a skin care professional, as they can provide guidance and recommend suitable treatments.
At Ageless 3.0, our specialists offer a range of effective scar treatments to help you achieve smoother, even-toned skin. Our expert team utilizes advanced techniques to create a treatment plan based on your specific needs. One of the treatments we offer for scar reduction is chemical peeling. These peels contain a solution that exfoliates the outer layer of the skin and promotes cell turnover. This can improve the appearance of scars and enhance the skin’s texture.
Microneedling is another effective option that Ageless 3.0 specialists provide. This procedure creates tiny punctures in the skin using a device with fine needles. The controlled injury stimulates collagen production, which effectively reduces the appearance of certain scars and improves overall skin texture.
Our facial treatments are also beneficial for scar reduction. They are designed to rejuvenate the skin, improve its tone and texture, and promote general skin health. Our skilled aestheticians will assess your skin’s condition and recommend the most suitable treatment for your specific concerns. At Ageless 3.0, we are committed to providing you with personalized care and effective solutions to address your scars. We are conveniently located at Unit 307, 1192 Lansdowne Drive, Coquitlam, BC V3E 1J7. For more information, please contact us or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Coquitlam BC, Vancouver BC, Anmore BC, Port Moody BC, Surrey BC, New Westminster BC, Meadows, BC Burnaby BC, and Belcarra BC.