WHAT IS SCAR?
A scar is a skin defect that occurs when a breakout penetrates the skin deeply and damages the tissues beneath it. Any burn, injury, or other trauma, such as surgery, can cause a scar.
If a large area of the skin is affected or the injury extends to the deep layers of the skin, it can lead to various scars. The more damaged the skin is, the longer the healing process takes and the greater the chance that it will lead to dissatisfaction with appearance. The skin can also produce too much collagen tissue during healing, which creates a thickened scar. But scarring can also work like a type of glue causing adherence of structures under the superficial scar that results in pain, functional concerns, and movement limitations in addition to the classic cosmetic involvement.
In the beginning, a scar looks a little red and thick. However, it can take up to 18 months after the skin damage before the scar will be less noticeable. Scar may result in the following complaints:
- Gets bigger;
- Remains red, dark and lofty;
- Causes discomfort, itching or pain;
- Restricts a movement;
- Dissatisfaction with appearance.
SKIN THERAPY FOR SCARS
Various problems can arise from scar tissue, such as hypertrophy (collagen build-up), redness, pain, itching, discoloration, hardening, adhesion, poor blood flow, limitation of movement and edema (fluid build-up). The skin therapist can use various techniques to solve these problems, such as:
- Medical camouflage of discolourations;
- Chemical peels for acne scars;
- Microneedling for refining the scar, making it less noticeable;
- Massage techniques for the reduction of itching, pain, adhesions or edema;
You do not need a referral from a family doctor or medical specialist for the treatment of scars by the skin therapist, unless your health insurer requests it. Reimbursement depends on the type of treatment and health insurance conditions. You can read in the policy of your health insurance whether you are entitled to a (partial) reimbursement of the treatment(s).