What are scars?
The skin provides protection by covering the entire body. However, the skin can be injured, causing breaks in the skin. During the normal process of healing, breaks in the skin are replaced by areas of fibrosis (fibrous tissue) known as scars. Most lesions will result in one form of scarring or the other.
Scars can result from all kinds of lesions to the skin, including after accidents, disease, or surgical operations. Scar tissue is formed from collagen, which is the same tissue that it replaces. However, unlike the basketweave formation found in normal skin, scar tissue forms cross-links aligned in one direction.
The unidirectional arrangement of scar tissue is weaker than the randomized alignment of normal collagen. There is less resistance to shearing forces, ultraviolet radiation, and other external stressors. Hair follicles and sweat glands may also not grow back in scar tissue formation.
What are the different kinds of scars?
While all scars are formed from the same collagen as the tissue it replaces, they can differ in the amounts of collagen that is produced. The degree of collagen replacement and the structural formation of the scar will determine its type. Among the most common scar types include:
overproduction of collagen by the skin. Hypertrophic scars occur following wound infection or wound closure with excessive tension, and can appear within one to two months.
What are the treatments available for scars?
While there are no prescription drugs available for the treatment of scars, there are numerous treatments that have been available, including prescription scar creams. These include laser treatment, low-dose radiotherapy, collagen induction therapy, chemical peels, steroid injections, dermoabrasion, and filler injections.
However, these therapeutic modalities can be expensive and not cost-effective for most people. Another form of treatment for scars that is more affordable for most people is the use of prescription scar creams.
How do prescription scar creams work?
There are numerous scar cream formulations available, each with its own formulation of active ingredients. Topical scar creams improve the appearance of scars with continuous use, which can typically last for more than eight weeks of regular application. Some active ingredients included in prescription scar creams include:
What are the things to keep in mind when using scar cream?
treatment. Application can be done from twice to four times daily, and can last for up to eight weeks or more before visible results are seen.
Superior Medical Solutions offers prescription scar cream for all types of scars. Studies have shown that custom compounded scar creams can reduce scar height and discoloration by over 80%.
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