Scars and their Treatment

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Scars are by definition are marks left on the skin after an injury. To many of us, they are just that, marks. To the skin, they are a way to eliminate the threat of an open wound. Let me explain.

The skin is the largest organ in our body. Yes, it is an organ and it functions as such. Along with our immune system, the skin is our first line of defense against the infections and poisons of this world. Consider the sun rays, the chemicals in the air, the bacteria and viruses, the heat, the cold, the water... well, you get the idea. In order for the skin to work, it has to be able to uphold its integrity. An open skin or an injured skin is not an effective way to protect us. It follows that once the skin is punctured or wounded or its surface broken, it becomes the body’s primary focus to repair the damage. 

As you may recall from previous articles, the skin is made up of several layers, and depending on the depth of the wound and the amount of layers that are damaged or penetrated, the skin may be able to repair itself on its own or will need outside help (surgery, stitches and other interventions). The end result is a ferocious attempt by the skin to close the gap that penetrated it. The skin does not care how it looks, as long as the end product does its job. In general, no injured part of our body (skin, bone…) repairs its self and is as good as the original product. A scar is never as good as the original bone or skin. That is why we end up with scars, as oppose to a normal looking skin. The properties of the scar are similar but also different from the skin. It is not as elastic, not as durable, and not as aesthetic. The architecture of the skin is different, and the cellular arrangement as well as materials placed are different. 

Many people do not mind scars and sometimes wear them with pride! But for some, scars are an ugly fact of life they would want to get rid of. And they can. Mesotherapy helps reduce the visibility of the scar, but it will not eliminate it; nothing will. When the skin is injured, the body uses whatever material it has to fill the gap. This material, although similar to the rest of the skin, is a bit different in its composition and architecture. The end result is a scar. Now, if there is a way to minimize the difference between the final product and the skin surrounding it, then the difference in the look becomes less, and the scar becomes less visible. This is where mesotherapy comes into play. With the technique of injecting a certain type of medication into the scar over a 4-5 times, we can get the skin to minimize the swelling and inflammation around the scar and to actually make it look closer to the original skin. Medications injected are usually anti inflammatory, and the injection involves a special kind of needle that delivers the medication into the right depth. 

Not all scars and not all skins and not all patients qualify for the treatment. Simple scars, surgical scars, scars that are not deep, and scars that have the potential to be healed are ideal for injection. Some scars would be reduced by up to 90 % and only have a trace of them showing. On average, the effects of treatment range between 50 to 80 % reduction, and that is a big deal.

As always, you are more than welcome to visit us at the center for a FREE initial consultation. Scars are a bothersome necessity, but some can be dealt with to minimize their appearnce and create a smoother looking skin.