Before a scar camouflage session takes place, I need to know what type of scar you have! But don’t worry! We’ll figure it out together! Knowing what type of scar you have will help me determine what the best plan of action is. Does your scar need a relaxation treatment? Does the scar need to be lightened first? Or is it ready for color camouflage right away?
Let’s talk about some common scar types:
▪️Hypertrophic scars are usually thick and raised and stay within the boundaries of the original skin defect. Their colors range from light skin tones to red. The scar raises due to excessive amounts of collagen during the healing process.
▪️Keloid scars are thick, rounded and irregular clusters of scar tissue that grow beyond the original wound borders. They often appear red or darker in color. Like hypertrophic scars, keloid scars are formed from excessive amounts of collagen.
▪️Atrophic scars are indented scars that heal below the normal layer of skin tissue. These form when the skin is unable to regenerate tissue. This is common in acne scarring.
▪️Contracture scars happen when a large area of skin is damaged and lost. The edges of the skin pull together, causing a tight area of skin. The decrease in the size of the skin can then affect the muscles, joints, and tendons, causing a decrease in movement. These are common in burn injuries.
Phew. That was a lot of information 😅 But it’s important! I give each scar the individual attention they deserve so we can get the best result!