Scar types

Unfortunately it isn’t possible to ‘erase’ or ‘get rid’ of a scar completely, even if you are treated by plastic surgeons who specialise in scars. There are, however, many ways of improving the way a scar looks and feels. All scars are different and each person with the scar is unique, so each scar needs a treatment plan tailored specifically to you. This requires a full consultation with Dr Rea, Dr Douglas or Dr Goodwin-Walters' at the start of your scar treatment to make sure we can determine the best treatment for you (see FAQs). Some of the different types of scars which we can help improve are listed below: 

Trauma/burn scar

The trauma or burn which caused the scar may mean they took a longer time to heal – this can result in more scar tissue being made whilst it is healing and leaves a thicker, problematic scar.

Post surgical scar

They can affect all areas of the body but certain anatomical areas are more prone to this; scars on the chest/breasts, over joints and the neck/jaw area are commonly affected.

Keloid scar

The trauma which caused them can be very minor, such as spots, insect bites or scratches, yet they can grow larger than the initial wound.

Acne scars

These scars can be seen on the skin after severe episodes of acne, often cystic in nature, which may or may not have received dermatological treatment with retinoid medications.

Scar tightness

These scars can appear as a thick tight line or sheet, causing a pull on the surrounding skin or making it indent or pucker.

Linear scar lines

These scars can be thin or thick, paler or darker than the surrounding skin and can be flat or thick, red and lumpy.

Stretched scars

These scars are often post-surgical or traumatic scars which have stretched over time leaving a wide scar.

Indented scars

These scars are often paler than the surrounding skin and appear to have a ‘dent’ or ‘hole’ in the skin.

Pigment problem scar

These scars are usually flat but a different colour to the surrounding skin, which can make them stand out as browner or whiter.

Textured scars

These scars are often caused by trauma or burns and can be the result of a skin graft procedure. They can be difficult to treat and can be on any area of the body.

Vitiligo

A dermatologist is needed to treat the cause of the vitiligo with medication (to stop the immune system attacks). Once the vitiligo is stable then any remaining pale patches might be suitable for scar treatment.