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Types of Scars

There are many different types of scarring that can result when tissues are damaged. All types can benefit from Scarwork™ therapy although results will vary depending on maturity and size of area being treated.

Fine line scars – An uncomplicated scar caused by surgery or a minor wound. Immature scars will appear red and slightly raised. As they mature (over approx. 2 years) they will flatten and become paler.

Hypertrophic scars – These scars result when excess collagen is produced by the body during healing. They remain within the boundary of the wound but are raised, red and sometimes itchy. These scars develop, grow and then shrink during the months after injury. They often mature to have an elevated, rope-like appearance.

Keloid scars – These are also caused by an over production of collagen during healing but can continue to grow over many years. They do not shrink back to “normal” without treatment and extend outside of the borders of the original wound. Keloid scars can run in families and can result from minor wounds such as ear piercing and injections.

Atrophic scars – These are usually caused by collagen destruction during an inflammatory condition such as acne or Chicken Pox. They have a sunken and pitted appearance. They can also occur from an injury that causes a loss of underlying fat.

Contractures – These commonly occur from burn injuries and result in the skin shrinking and tightening as it heals. This type of scarring often causes a restriction in movement especially near joints.

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