When the skin is cut or broken, the body mobilises a wound repair process. The blood vessels constrict and clots form to minimise blood loss. A scab, or hardened crust, forms over the top of the wound.
The scab acts like a natural covering (our body’s natural bandage) to protect the area while the body continues the repair process. Tiny fibres of collagen fill in the hole and eventually reconnect the ends. By the time the scab naturally falls off, much of the initial repair has been finished. However, the area is far from healed. Depending upon the size, depth and location of the injury, it can take months to years for the skin to return to normal strength.
Scar formation is a natural part of the healing process. A scar forms from excess amounts of collagen in the wound as the body attempts a repair. Many scars eventually fade. But they tend not to go away completely. Generally, the larger the wound, the longer it takes to heal and the greater the chance of a visible scar. Early intervention with the correct treatments and homecare can help scarring to appear much less visible and even aid the healing process to leave a smoother, smaller less noticeable scar.
How to Treat Scarring:
At Body Renewal, we offer treatment solutions that combine modalities in order to give a synergistic approach to the treatment and improvement of scarring. These combinations may include:
Fraxel DUAL Laser
Pearl & Pearl Fractional Laser
Botox injections (particularly useful for hypertrophic scarring and preventing keloids)
TAC injections for raised scars
As each patient's case is different; we will tailor a treatment program specifically for you and your circumstances. A highly professional team led by a medical doctor assesses every patient and an appropriate combination of treatments is recommended depending on expectations, budget, time and medical conditions.
How Botox Benefits Scar Treatments:
On average most scars take at least one year to fade. However, researchers have found a way to lessen their severity by injecting the drug, BOTOX® near the site of the wound. When a person experiences another kind of injury, like a broken bone, doctors place the area in a sling to immobilise the limb and allow the body to heal. BOTOX works in a similar fashion. When injected into muscles near the wound, the drug prevents the muscles from pulling on the wound site, allowing the area to heal without excessive disruption.
Studies have shown BOTOX is effective in reducing scar formation from facial wounds. Researchers still need to determine if the drug may be effective for other places on the body. The sooner after an injury the patient receives BOTOX, the better the results.
For optimal scar reduction outcomes, seeking treatment within 12-18 months following the injury is advisable. While addressing scars becomes more challenging after this period, each individual's scar is evaluated uniquely. Effective scar improvement demands a tailored and expert approach.