Information About Scars
Scarring is a natural part of the body’s healing process after an injury. When the deeper layers of the skin are damaged (the dermis) – a scar will be produced as part of the wound-healing cascade. The body repairs the wound by increasing production of collagen at the wound site. The fibrous tissue that forms over the wound also protects it from further injury.
Scars produce a structural change in the skin – both in the skin’s features, color and architecture. Superficial wounding of the skin in the surface layer (the epidermis), will not produce a scar. When a wound has healed, the resulting tissue covering the wound is a scar. The scar will continue to change in texture and appearance as new collagen is formed, and the blood supply returns to a more normal state. This can take from one to two years. Scars will fade and improve gradually following an injury to the skin, however, there will always be some visible evidence of the trauma, and hair follicles will not grow back in that area.
What are the different types of scars we treat?
Depending on your genetic makeup and the depth and type of tear in your skin, scarring can range from a slightly reddish discoloration to a thick, raised red or dark scar. There are three main “categories” of scars, generally described as (flat, indented, or raised).
Flat Scars - are the most common, and usually occur from everyday injuries or minor burns. They can start out as red and raised, and even appear dark after the initial injury, but after the wound begins to heal, they will flatten and become much lighter. This process can take from one to two years to complete without treatment. Depending on skin color, flat scars may be pink to red, tan to deep brown, or black (eventually becoming lighter).
Flat Hypo-pigmented Scars - are flat scars that become “lighter” than the surrounding skin, due to the absence of normal amounts of melanin (the chemical that gives skin its color). Loss of melanin during the wounding process is a common occurrence. In many cases, the melanin can be stimulated through clinical intervention, and prompted to regenerate.
Indented (atrophic) Scars - are dents or depressions in the skin. They often result from cystic acne which can leave pockmarks or ice pick scars. Some burn scars and scars from surgery or accidents can sometimes result in depressed scars that “pull the skin” – creating the “dent”. These scars result from destruction of the skin’s underlying support structure. They are the most difficult and time consuming scars to treat.
Raised (hypertrophic) Scars - result from an overproduction of collagen in response to injured skin. This type of scarring can occur from a slight tear in the skin or from a deep wound – or everything in between. These scars are more common in persons with dark skin. Raised scars will flatten over time, but they can take years to resolve without treatment.
Scars and Conditions We Cannot Treat
These skin conditions will require care from a Dermatologist, Surgeon or Laser Technician.
A Keloid Scar forms with an abnormal healing response to injury or trauma. They are similar in appearance to hypertrophic scars, but unlike hypertrophic scars, a keloid can grow beyond the original site of injury and once formed becomes permanent. A keloid has a hard, smooth surface and an irregular shape that can range from a small lumpy growth to a large disfiguring scar. It can be pinkish red to purple, or nearly black in color.
How Many Sessions of MCA Will Be Required?
Generally, at the beginning, you will have three to four treatments about four or six weeks apart. Gradually, you will be evaluated by our specialist and they will determine if more treatments are necessary. Your specialist will help come up with a plan of attack to get rid of the scars that affect you.
How Soon Will I See Effects from MCA Therapy?
The effects from micro-needling are quite immediate. You will notice the feel and appearance of your scars start to change almost instantly. Some areas may appear glossy at first but will begin to fade and the scars will even out. Afterward, if the marks are lighter than the surrounding skin, we employ a careful sunlight process.
How Long Will MCA Therapy Results Last?
The results are permanent once you have healed. That does not mean that one treatment solves all problems, as some scars are worse and require multiple treatments. Oftentimes, the effects from multiple treatments are paramount to that of those being treated one or two times. Furthermore, each set of scar improvements is permanent.
Skin & Scalp Clinic
With medical needling we are basically tricking the brain into believing it has been cut and the process of healing then takes place naturally!
It creates an inflammatory, or wound healing response. This promotes internal repair and rejuvenation. Natural growth factors are released to stimulate reformation and deposition of fresh collagen.
Any micro needling treatment essentially brings new life into damaged skin and using a digital tattoo machine is a very quick and precise way of obtaining this. No pigment is tattooed into the skin, however pigmentation begins to normalise as a result.
Using the same principles to cause growth of healthy new collagen, dry needling works on the specific areas of affected skin only. Areas that are not affected are not treated.
The digital tattoo machine causes blood to come into the treated area, without removing the epidermal layers of skin. Over time new collagen is formed.