Facial Scarring

Scars are something many people have to deal with, whether from an injury, surgery, or a skin problem. Although unsightly, they’re an amazing example of the miraculous way your skin heals itself when injured. Scars may be flat or raised, practically invisible or obvious.

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 types of scars, generally described as flat, indented, or raised.

Flat scars are the most common, and usually occur from everyday injuries or minor burns. Depending on your skin colour, flat scars may be pink to red and eventually fade to very light pink or white or tan coloured to deep brown or black, eventually becoming lighter.

Indented or atrophic scars often result from cystic acne or a bout of chickenpox. If you’ve ever had a deep, painful breakout or chickenpox, chances are you have at least one of these scars. Other names for indented scars are pockmarks, ice pick scars, and depressed scars. These scars result from destruction of the skin’s underlying support structure, which is why they don’t heal as well as flat or raised scars.

Raised hypertrophic scars result from overproduction of collagen in response to injured skin. This type of scarring can result from a slight tear in the skin or from a deep wound, and everything in between. Sometimes referred to as keloid scars, these are more common in persons with dark skin.

Treatment: Depending on the age and severity of scarring, Dr Habib will produce a bespoke programme for you working with one or a combination of the following products and treatments. Osmosis Skincare, Fractora.