Scars & Scarring

Scars can vary in appearance, from thin and barely noticeable to raised and discolored. They can also be itchy, painful, or sensitive to touch. Some people may be more prone to scarring than others due to genetics, age, or overall health. There are various treatment options available to minimize the appearance of scars, including silicone gel or sheeting, pressure therapy, laser therapy, and surgery. It's important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the best treatment plan for a specific scar. Overall, a scar is a permanent mark left on the skin after injury or surgery, it is a sign that the body has healed itself and is a natural part of the healing process.

Can scarring cause health problems?

In rare cases, certain types of scars, such as keloids or hypertrophic scars, can become thick, raised, and even painful. These types of scars can also be itchy and sensitive to touch. Additionally, keloid scars can continue to grow even after the wound has healed. They can also be unsightly and cause emotional distress for those affected.

Another type of scar that can cause health problems is contracture scars. These scars occur when the skin and underlying tissues have been burned and tighten as they heal, causing the skin to pull together and restrict movement. This can lead to difficulty in performing daily activities, such as using the affected limb.

Furthermore, some scars can develop into a condition called "scarring alopecia" which is a type of hair loss that can occur as a result of scarring on the scalp. In some cases, scarring alopecia can result in permanent hair loss.

In summary, while most scars are only superficial and do not cause health problems, certain types of scars, such as keloids, hypertrophic scars, contracture scars, and scarring alopecia, can cause physical and emotional distress and should be monitored by a healthcare professional. They may need proper treatment and management to prevent further complications.

How are scars treated?

Scars can be treated in various ways, depending on the type and severity of the scar. At Ananta Health, a comprehensive approach is taken to scar treatment by assessing the entire patient. This includes taking a thorough history, performing an assessment with Chinese Medicine and testing with the BioScan SRT to identify any factors that may be contributing to increased inflammation or poor wound healing. Based on the results of this assessment, changes to diet, lifestyle, and supplements may be recommended to improve the healing process.

Can acupuncture help with scarring?

Acupuncture is a holistic approach that can be used to help reduce the appearance and discomfort of scars. It is a non-invasive treatment that uses thin needles to stimulate specific points on the body. It can help to reduce inflammation, promote healing in recent injuries, and reduce pain and discomfort in older scars. Acupuncture treatment can be useful in reducing the itchiness and discomfort associated with scar tissue.

In addition to its physical benefits, acupuncture can also help to reduce stress and promote healing from the emotional trauma associated with the injury that caused the scar.