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Scarring on the skin is caused by the normal healing process of skin tissue after it is damaged from injury, infection, acne or disease. Scars occur on the site of the tissue damage and may initially appear as purple or red raised tissue and gradually become paler in color and flatter. Scars can appear different from one another because of the type of wound that caused the damage, where the wound was on the body and some genetic factors that vary among individuals.

Scars may form when the deep layers of skin called the dermis are damaged. To heal the damage, the body will form collagen. This new collagen may have a different texture than the surrounding skin after the wound is healed.

When too much collagen is produced by the skin, the scar may appear raised. When a scar has a sunken appearance, it means the underlying support structures of the skin such as muscle and fat are lost. Surgical scars and acne scars may come in this category.

The good news is there are several ways to treat scarring at our office. Some of the most popular options include micro-needling and various types of laser treatments. Micro-needling helps to stimulate the production of collagen with minimal downtime. Laser treatments can be very effective at improving overall skin texture. They stimulate collagen as well as improve the redness that is sometimes associated with scarring. When you talk to our specialist about your scarring, you can learn about the best treatment to remove or reduce the appearance of your scars.

Our team of professionals at VITAHL Medical Aesthetics is committed to helping you achieve your goals for your appearance. If you are dealing with scarring, you don’t have to live with it forever. Make an appointment at our office in Chicago to see which treatments can work for you. Contact us today to set up a consultation!