Scars are unavoidable unless you live in a bubble. Life knocks us down, accidents happen, and operations are necessary. Scar tissue replaces normal skin tissue after an injury or wound has occurred. Scar tissue has a different texture as it consists of fibrous collagen and elastin tissue to mend and replace the specialised skin that was damaged. Most scars that form are pale and flat, however, in many cases the fibrous scar tissue will develop inconsistently which may cause the scar to look raised, bumpy or even sunken into the skin, these are called hypertrophic or keloid scars. While scars are harmless they can affect a person’s self-esteem and quality of life.
Factors That Contribute To Scarring
There are both inherent and external factors that determine how we scar. Let’s start with what we can’t control – our DNA. There’s very little we can do about our DNA and it is not possible to change its composition, therefore the best way to prepare yourself is to look at your parents (if possible) as a precursor for how your skin will handle scarring.
Another thing that we can’t change is our skin colour. Researchers have found that people with light skin tones such as Asians and people with dark skin tones are prone to keloid scarring which are thick and irregular scars that often become raised.
Luckily not all hope is lost, as the way that we care for scars can have a massive impact on the way in which they heal. It is important to keep a scar clean in order to prevent infection and further damage to the skin. Scars need to be kept moisturised in order to promote healthy healing and a healthy diet is advised as feeding them with essential nutrients will also promote skin repair.
Scar care can begin immediately with Epicyn™ Advanced Scar Management Hydrogel. This silicone-based hydrogel is formulated with a patented ingredient called Microcyn Technology that contains Hypochlorous Acid and Sodium Hypochlorite. Microcyn replicates the body’s own defence mechanism to destroy foreign substances and thus it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties aid the healing process and improves the appearance of scars.
Epicyn™ is intended for the management of old and new hypertrophic and keloid scars, resulting from burns, general surgical procedures, acne and trauma wounds. It can be used immediately after a wound appears or straight after suturing of the wound after a surgical procedure. There is no need to wait until the wound is closed. Itis safe to use around sensitive areas such as the mouth, eyes and nose and by cab be used for all skin types and tones.
Old scars can be difficult to treat, but thanks to new advancements in aesthetics we now understand how Platelet Rich Plasma can be used to treat aesthetic concerns such as scarring. PRP has been used by the medical industry for years to treat injuries, inflammation caused by osteoarthritis and healing after surgery. Today, however, it is more well-known for its use in aesthetics and skin rejuvenation.
PRP, as you might already know, is packed with growth factors that assist the body with healing and rejuvenation. The growth factors in skincare products are either bio-engineered or are from human stem cells which regularly lands them in the spotlight. Doctors have found that human growth factors deliver the best results, therefore this is where PRP comes in as it is packed with a patient’s own natural (human) growth factors. PRP can improve the appearance of old scars by activating the ‘damaged’ skin cells to form new and healthy cells. Over time, scars treated with PRP will become softer and smoother. The best PRP scar treatment is done in conjunction with skin needling or mesotherapy which further triggers the skin’s natural wound repair mechanism.
The success of the scar treatment will, nonetheless, depend on the quality of the PRP extracted. Arthrex ® is a PRP extraction device that improves the quality of the PRP. Through the Arthrex extraction, the removal of photodamaged cells is stimulated- improving the quality of the PRP. As a result, you will see better results. Arthrex Personalised Cell Therapy® has been in the aesthetic market for over ten years and scientifically proven to deliver better results than other PRP extraction devices.
When having PRP scar treatment, insist that your doctor uses Arthrex PCT® Platelet-Rich Plasma.