Scar Education Center

Unfortunately, scarring is the natural result of many types of injuries. While scars are an innate part of the healing process, they can cause embarrassment and insecurity, particularly when they are very visible or stubborn. Whether you’ve had an accident, surgery, burn, or other regrettable event, you know how frustrating it is to constantly be reminded of your past trauma.

Scars vary in appearance, from barely noticeable to painfully conspicuous. Some turn out flat and slightly pink, while others end up appearing large and raised or sunken and pitted. No matter what your scar looks like, you just want it to disappear. You want it to fade from view. Because surgery is expensive, many patients search for alternatives. ScarStick™ was developed by a plastic surgeon to be that alternative!

What is a Scar?

A scar is simply extra collagen that forms after a wound has healed; it’s a sort of exaggerated response to healing. The area has a different texture than the rest of the skin. When an overabundance of collagen is produced, the scar becomes particularly prominent. How it looks after healing all depends upon the scar’s location and size, as well as genetic factors that are unique to you.

It can take up to two years for a scar to fully develop, mature, and establish its final appearance. While any area can be a problem, areas under constant motion (such as your knees and elbows) are particularly prone to discoloration.

REDNESS: You’ll notice that scars are very red during the beginning stages of healing. Because your body responds to a wound by creating excess tissue, new blood vessels form to help nourish the new tissue. It’s this amplified blood flow that causes the redness. This redness is almost always temporary, and usually starts to fade in 7 months. The redness, depending on your skin type, can take a year or longer to fade completely. For some people, it can take up to 2 or 3 years! The ScarStick™ was developed to reduce the appearance of red scars.

BROWN DISCOLORATION: Brown discoloration happens in many people that have darker skin or are prone to developing dark scars. Your body inserts a pigment, melanin, into the scar area. This brown discoloration is more likely to occur in darker skin individuals, however it can happen to anyone. It can be permanent if not treated, which is why the ScarStick™ LIGHTENER is the perfect option for these “pigmented scars”. ScarStick™ LIGHTENER helps to reduce the appearance of the brownish color of a scar over time.

THICKNESS: Many people develop “raised” or “thick” scars. A scar gets raised when the body lays down too much collagen. If this becomes a tumor like growth, it is sometimes called a keloid. Scars that are minimally raised are referred to as hypertrophic scars. The ScarStick™ helps to reduce the appearance of the thickness of the scar.

DEPRESSION: A depressed scar is one that has an indentation as part of it. This occurs in many wounds that have been left open and have healed in on their own. Over time this depression can get better, however sometimes it remains and becomes permanent. The only good treatment for a depressed scar is either to remove and re-suture it, or to inject the scar with filler. Use the SCAR ADVISOR to get some good advice regarding this issue.

Do Some People Scar Worse than Others?

Proper wound care immediately after the injury or after surgery is imperative in preventing worse discoloration and skin marking. While it’s impossible to predict how well a wound will morph and heal, some individuals are more prone to developing raised scars or keloids. The darker your skin is, the higher your risk for developing keloids.

There are other factors that determine how troublesome a scar will be, including diet and environmental factors. Younger skin heals better than older skin, and the location of the wound determines how well it will ultimately heal. Even the direction of the scar and the area’s blood supply determine how severe the mark will be. Your genetics play a big role in the wound healing process, and no can change his or her DNA.

Fortunately, everyone has a choice in how to treat a scar once the initial wound has healed over. For the best possible outcome, a scar should be treated as soon as possible after the wound has completely mended, which is about a month after the initial trauma. Developed by a plastic surgeon to help fade the damage, ScarStick™ brings hope for damaged, scarred skin.

Treatment Options

What are your other choices after surgery or trauma? One option is to do nothing, which means that your scar may forever be prominent and obvious. If you are particularly self-conscious about the disfigurement, doing nothing is not really a choice for you.

Scar removal surgery could help make your scarring less visible, but it may make matters worse if you have what’s known as a keloid scar (elevated types). If your scar is elevated, surgery can cause your body to manufacture even more collagen, thus worsening the problem. Surgical procedures can also cost thousands of dollars.

Radiotherapy is always an option for elevated scars, but the side effects are unsettling.

Dermabrasion can remove the upper layer of skin, but it is expensive and requires a long recovery period. Some patients are discouraged not only by the price tag that comes with this sort of advanced scar removal procedure, but also the invasiveness of the process itself.

Lasers are effective in certain scar types after they present a problem. They can be effective, however they do have side effects such as hypo-pigmentation and burns. Not to mention their cost.