Why do facial scars form?
Facial scars can occur due to a variety of circumstances, including accidents, skin conditions like acne, surgical scarring, or as a result of certain diseases.
When recovering from an injury or skin condition, your skin cells produce collagen at a quicker rate than your body’s natural collagen production to repair the wound. This results in a scar, which is an area of skin that is typically thicker and not as flexible as the rest of your skin.
The appearance of scars varies, depending on what caused them, how your skin heals as a result, your natural skin tone, and the location on the face. Scars may be flat, raised (also called a keloid scar), or depressed. They can vary in size, texture, and color.
What causes acne scars?
Acne scars generally result from inflamed blemishes that are caused by enlarged skin pores. Skin pores can swell up from excessive oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells, causing a break in the follicle wall. Minor breaks in the follicle wall do not take as long to heal, but a major one can cause infected material to spill out into surrounding tissue to create deeper lesions.
Although our bodies do have a self-repair system, it is reliant on collagen — which we produce less of as we age, making it harder for acne scars to fade.
Some tips for dealing with existing acne scars include:
- Stay out of the sun. Excessive sun exposure can darken acne scars and make them more visible.
- Avoid over-scrubbing when you wash your face. Friction will irritate inflamed skin.
- Never pick at your scars. Bacteria from your hands and nails can result in the formation of new cysts.
Scars can take a toll on your confidence. However, new technology and treatments make it possible for a skin refresh.
How can Lappert Plastic Surgery help me?
At Lappert Plastic Surgery, we provide a variety of non-surgical treatments for scarring:
Click on any of the treatments above to learn more. During your initial consultation, our skin care experts will help you figure out which treatment is right for you. From there, we will create a custom treatment plan just for you.
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Given the permanence of scars, they can be extremely frustrating. But now you can restore your skin without resorting to plastic surgery or other invasive methods. Find out how our skin care experts can help you by calling 256-355-5585 or requesting a consultation online.