Scars and Moles
A scar is a result of natural healing process following an injury, resulting in fibrous tissue formation. The
main types of scars are hypertrophied scars, keloid scars and atrophic scars. The scars can also appear
as surface irregularities with pigmentary changes.
Stretch marks are also a form of scarring, usually resulting from pregnancy, weight gain, growth spurts
and hormonal irregularities and steroid therapy. Scars can be treated by surgical and non surgical
methods. The choice of treatment depends on a number of factors such as the age of the scar,
anatomical location and type of scar.
What treatments are there for scars?
Surgical correction is considered to improve the appearance of the old scar and to release contractures
related to the scars. The final appearance of the scar depends on several factors and one of the most
important factors is the genetic healing and scar forming characteristics of the individual. Acne scars are
often deep and pitted and can be difficult to treat. They are often treated with dermabrasion techniques
and fractionated laser resurfacing.
Skin tags are benign lesions that can be removed under local anesthesia. Moles can be non cancerous or
cancerous. Harmless moles are removed for cosmetic reasons. Suspicious moles need careful excision
and pathological examination to exclude any cancerous growth.
What to expect when you come for your first appointment:
Moles can be removed under local anesthesia and the procedure often takes about 15 - 20 minutes. The
recovery period is short and the patients are advised to avoid direct sun exposure to the scar.