Types of scars
Scar revision is a specialized field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, performed to minimize the appearance of scars to improve overall texture and color so the scarred skin blends with the surrounding skin, is smoother, and less visible. At Guelph Facial Plastics, we offer a range of scar revision treatments, including surgical, laser, injections, and fat transfer, to help patients achieve smoother, more aesthetically pleasing skin. Several types of scars can affect the face, each with its own characteristics and appearance:
- Keloid scars: Keloids are raised, thickened scars that extend beyond the original injury site and may grow larger over time.
- Hypertrophic scars: Similar to keloids, hypertrophic scars are raised and thickened but do not extend beyond the initial injury site.
- Atrophic scars: Atrophic scars are characterized by a depressed area or sunken appearance in the skin, often caused by acne or other skin conditions.
- Contracture scars: Contracture scars result from burns and can cause the skin to tighten and restrict movement.
- Surgical scars: These scars form after various facial surgeries, including cosmetic, reconstructive, or facial cancer surgery.
- Traumatic scars: Traumatic scars result from injuries, such as cuts, lacerations, or punctures, and can vary in size and shape.