Causes of Scarring
Scarring can cause problems under the following circumstances:
predisposition: One has a genetic predisposition for conspicuous scars and a keloid or hypertrophic scar forms.
Lack of calm: During healing, the wound is irritated, strained and moved.
Wound closure under tension: The surgeon closes the surgical wound by pulling on the wound edges.
Infection: Germs get into the wound, it does not heal properly and therefore closes much later, i.e. secondarily and a wound healing disorder develops.
Wound healing disorders can also arise from other causes: Hematoma (bruising), seroma (accumulation of tissue water), lymphocele (accumulation of lymph), foreign bodies (dirt particles, threads).
Skin diseases, for example acne
Do Scars Pose a Health Risk?
A noticeable scar can cause the following problems:
- impairment of function
- Aesthetically unpleasant , i.e. it is broad, bulging, red/livid.
If a conspicuous scar develops after an injury, operation or burn, It is better to wait at least 6 months as more often than not, the scar may heal nicely by itself. If this is not the case then surgical intervention might be an option.
Objective of Scar Treatment
The aim of scar treatment is to eliminate all the symptoms mentioned above and although the the symptoms will always success, the elimination of the scar tissue entirely is not always possible.
However, invisible scars do not exist! This is biologically impossible. A certain amount of visible residue always remains after the scar correction.