After any injury or operation, a scar will form. Wounds are repaired when the body activates its self-healing mechanism. However, there are sometimes problems in the healing process, and the scar that remains has properties that are far inferior to those of the original tissue in terms of quality. In the long term, scars are perceived as cosmetically obtrusive and functionally restrictive. However, selective scar care can have a favourable influence on the final result.
There are many different possible causes of inauspicious scarring. Many factors may play a role here: the patient’s age and skin type, possible genetic predisposition, the localisation of the wound, the stress placed on the wound, the suture technique used, infections, and failure to immobilise the wound.
Distinctions are made among the problematic scars. There are drawn, widened scars (so-called ‘dehiscent’ scars’), retracted scars (so-called ‘atrophic scars’), bulging scars above skin level (so-called ‘hypertrophic scars’) and even scars that cross the borders of the wound, so-called ‘keloids’. These can also cause genuine complaints such as itching, pain and restrictions of joint mobility.
It takes a scar months to form. The fresher a scar is, the better it can be influenced in the healing process by means of so-called conservative therapies. These include local pressure massage, special creams, silicone scar sheets, intralesional corticosteroid injections, and microneedling.
Your statutory health insurance provider will pay for some of these treatments.
After an operation or injury, the development of a scar can be influenced positively at an early stage to achieve a cosmetically appealing result.
Once a scar has matured, an improvement can usually only be achieved by surgical methods.
We’ll be glad to take you through multimodal conservative therapy and help you to minimise the visible signs of an injury or operation by means of microsurgical corrective measures.
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