Scars & Burns
We are pleased to offer a range of therapies to help with scars and burns.
Every injury leaves behind marks in the form of scars. If an injury is only superficial or minor, these scars are barely noticeable. If a large section of the skin is affected or the injury extends to the deep layers of the skin, this can lead to very distinct scars and major hindrances in day-to-day life. Each patient deals with their scars differently, with the story behind the scar playing a major role in the aftercare. The aim of scar therapy is not just to recover movement, but also to restore aesthetics.
Types of Scars:
Depending on the injury and subsequent wound healing, different types of scars may form that vary in their appearance and shape.
Raise, reddened or even bulging scars are referred to as hypertrophic scars. They arise when there is an excessive production of new connective tissue, which results in prominent and thick scars. They grow quickly within the original wound area.
Like hypertrophic scars, keloids also develop due to an overgrowth of scar tissue. With keloids, however, the scar grows beyond the borders of the wound area and sometimes even continues to grow after the wound has healed. The growth can also start months later, which is a result of uncontrolled and intense growth of connective tissue. Although the excessive growth stops after some time, the keloid that was formed never recedes. the area is reddened or darker than the rest of the skin and can feel itchy or painful. A keloid can ever reappear after being surgically removed. Scar therapy, which sometimes combines various different treatment methods to achieve long-term positive results, is therefore important.
Atrophic scars consist of sunken recesses and the scar is lower than the surrounding skin. Not enough new connective tissue is produced to completely fill out the wound again. Atrophic scars are formed when wounds, such as acne, heal badly and they can often be found in the facial area.
SCAR THERAPIES FROM SERRANOVA
At SerraNova we offer a range of compression garments and silicone products that offer non-invasive therapy options which should be started as soon as the wound has healed and we recommend use for upto two years after the initial injury.
Compression and silicone can also have very good result for "old" yet still active scars that were not treated at an early stage.