As the body heals from an injury, scarring is the body’s natural response to heal the wound. Scarring can be the result of illnesses, certain skin conditions, surgeries, or accidents. If you are bothered by the appearance of a scar, our medical experts at RidgeView Dermatology can help remove scars for a clearer and smoother aesthetic.
With several locations, RidgeView Dermatology proudly serves the communities in Roanoke Valley, Central, and Southwest, Virginia. Our medical personnel comprises experienced, understanding, and supportive dermatologists. We strive to work towards your individual needs and keep you informed of any and all concerns regarding your health. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment at the location nearest you!
How does scarring form?
When the deepest, thickest layer of skin is damaged, your body creates new collagen fibers (the main structural protein found in skin) to heal the skin. As the damaged skin is entirely healed, scar tissue will form at the site of the wound. Scars will appear different than surrounding skin and may also have a different texture as well. If you have a scar that is bothering you, contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment to learn more about our scar removal treatments!
What are some different kinds of scars?
Typically, scars are flat and are paler than surrounding skin. However, there are several instances when scars may form differently than normal. Here are a few different types of scars:
- Hypertrophic scars can appear raised from the skin, as a result of the body creating an extensive amount of collagen during the healing process
- Sunken scarring happens when supportive structure (either fat or muscle) is lost when the skin is damaged. Scars from surgery or acne usually take on this appearance
- Stretched scarring is a result of when the skin stretches rapidly, like from pregnancy or growth spurts
How can scarring be treated?
While scars can’t be removed entirely, our medical experts can improve their appearance to alleviate your discomfort. Surgery can be performed to change the shape of a scar and make it less recognizable. Consult with our medical personnel to explore our treatment options!
While scars are typically not harmful to the body, they can be troublesome to look at. If the appearance of a scar is bothering you, RidgeView Dermatology can help restore your aesthetic. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment at the location nearest you and find out how we can help enhance your skin!