Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken objects with gold. In this way, the cracks are highlighted, and items are valued for their history.
Just like kintsugi, your scars are a valuable representation of your skin’s story. But sometimes, you just want your scars to go away.
If you’re wondering if it’s possible to remove scars, you’re in the right place. Keep reading to learn more about types of scars and how to minimise scar marks if and when it feels right for you.
Ugh, Why Do We Have Scars?
Scars are such a normal part of life—it’s estimated 100 million people in the developed world gets scars every year—that we don’t often stop and think about why they form in the first place. Your scars are a result of your body growing new tissue to close a wound. They are mostly made from one of the natural proteins in your body, collagen.
Impact of Scars
Some scars may seem trivial to either the person who has them or to an outsider. But they can also have a significant physical and psychological impact.
Some scars can be disfiguring. Or your life might be disrupted by stigmatisation or loss of self-confidence. If your scars are problematic to you, it could be the time to seek a solution.
Types of Scars
Knowing the different types of scars helps you and your Authorised Treatment Provider find a solution that works. Here’s a quick breakdown of the main types of scars.
Sunken scars that look pitted are often the result of chickenpox or acne.
These are raised scars that flatten out over time but may never disappear.
More common in people with darker skin or red hair, keloid scars spread and grow beyond the original wound.
Commonly occurring after a burn, these scars cause the skin to tighten and may cause pain.
Stretch marks, striae, occur when skin expands or shrinks rapidly. These stretched scars often occur after pregnancy, puberty, or sudden weight gain or loss.
Acne Scars & Hyperpigmentation
Acne scars are generally atrophic scars, meaning there’s a depression or pit in your skin. Add to this post-inflammatory pigmentation, and you’ve got a dual concern you’ll need to tackle to get back your clear, even complexion. Dermapen Treatments target multiple concerns at once. And they don’t involve any heat, which means they’re safe for all skin types and won’t cause additional heat-related hyperpigmentation.
You might be wondering do small scars go away on their own? And there’s a possibility they will fade to an almost invisible silvery line over time—depending on severity. However, this isn’t true of all scars (keloids may grow with time), and you might not want to wait up to 2–3 years for that to happen.
If you’re ready to minimise the appearance of your scars sooner rather than later, here are 3 ways we’d love to help you.
Dermapen 4™ is the only microneedling pen with a dedicated Scar Treatment Setting to minimise the appearance of scars. Remember, scars are largely made up of collagen. Dermapen microneedling activates regulated collagen to flatten or plum the scarred area.
As well as Dermapen Treatments for scarring, you can also apply topical creams to reduce the appearance of your scars faster. SSSCAR (Scar, Surgical, Striae, Contracture, Acne, Restore) is a revolutionary cream containing silicone gel, which is clinically proven to aid in wound recovery and help with the appearance of scars. SSSCAR also contains Zinc which can help speed up wound healing and reduce redness and inflammation.
For atrophic scars or stretch marks, as well as deep wrinkles, your Authorised Treatment Provider may apply ÜBER MD Peel following microneedling. This professional, medical strength peel delivers medium-depth coagulative necrosis in the depression point or target area.
See What’s Possible
You may not have to live with your scars—as they are now—forever. Book a consultation with your Authorised Treatment Provider to determine the best course of action to reduce the appearance of your scars.
All our Authorised Treatment Providers have access to top-of-the-range microneedling equipment, advanced microneedling education, and proven Protocols for scar revision.
If you’re an ATP looking for more information on any of the products listed here, please contact your local Authorised Distributor. Not sure who to speak to? Contact us for more details. Or check here to know how to become a DermapenWorld Authorised Treatment Provider.