What causes thick scars to form on the skin

Scars are a natural result of the human body’s process of healing itself from trauma to the skin.  When the skin is broken or cut, the body responds by producing Collagen (a naturally occurring protein) to heal the injured area.  Often times the body will overproduce Collagen, creating a buildup.  When this happens, the result is a large, firm, rubbery raised scar.  Scars of this type are often referred to as Keloid or Hypertrophic scars.  While their appearance may be unsightly, they are both non-contagious and benign.

Usually, there is little or no pain or physical discomfort associated with these scars.  There are exceptions to this however, such as when a larger scar is located on a knee or elbow such that it affects mobility.   In most cases there is really no medical need to remove the scar.  That said, for many there is an equally important emotional aspect that warrants attention.  For example, to some the scar may serve as a reminder of an uncomfortable or unpleasant event.  For others, the unsightly appearance of a scar may cause distress, or in extreme cases even depression.

Should an individual want to remove a scar of this type, there are several options, including surgical excision, steroid injection, laser treatment, radiation and cryosurgery.  The best method of treatment for one may not be so for the next.  The age, severity, location and size of the scar are all factors that might determine which method of treatment is most appropriate.  A specialist such as a Board Certified Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon would be a good source for advice on treatment options.

For those wishing to avoid medical procedures, non-surgical topical treatments such as Scarfade Gel have become increasingly popular in recent years.  There have been legitimate, published scientific studies done using some of these products.  It seems that those products which include silicone as a main ingredient have the most convincing data.