Scars

Scar Treatments at Papillon Bleu in Vancouver, Burnaby & Coquitlam, BC

Scars can fade naturally over time, but many will stay bright and prominent without treatment. At Papillon Bleu we have several scar treatments to help reduce and smooth the appearance of scarring.

What is a Scar ?

Scarring is the process by which wounds are repaired. Damage to the deeper layer of the skin, the dermis, is required to produce a scar. Damage to only the epidermis, the most superficial layer of skin, will not always produce a scar. Scars produce a structural change in the deeper layers of the skin which is perceived as an alteration in the architecture of the normal surface features. It is not just a change in skin color. Fetal tissues and mucosal tissues have the ability to heal without producing a scar. Understanding how and why this is possible could lead to better surgical scar outcomes.

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What are the different types of Scars?

There is only one type of scar. The appearance of a scar depends on the nature of the wound that produced the damage, the anatomical location of the wound, and a variety of genetic factors that are different for each individual. A defective healing process can result in a keloid, an unsightly, itchy, thick, red, knobby bump that often continues to enlarge over time. Keloids often are larger than the margins of the original wound.

How are Scars formed?

The normal healing process in human tissue results in a scar.

What is the appearance of a Scar?

Scars occur at the site of tissue damage and appear as firm red to the purple fibrous tissue that over time usually becomes flatter and lighter in color.

How is it diagnosed?

Scars are almost always diagnosed by visual inspection. There are a number of rare situations when it may be necessary to examine scar tissue under the microscope to confirm its true identity. This would require a biopsy of the skin and may require the injection of a local anesthetic. Sometimes other skin conditions can form in a scar and require a biopsy in order to be diagnosed.

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