Scar tissue that can form after injuries or operations has a different look to it than the skin around it. It is lighter or darker, has poorer blood flow and often harder than the surrounding skin. The properties of the tissue sometimes mean that scars can become thick and bulging after operations. These kinds of scars, especially if they are highly visible, can not only affect a person's appearance, they can impact the skin's ability to move.

Proper scar treatment cannot completely eliminate these sorts of scars, but in most cases it can greatly diminish the bulging, make the scar tissue softer and less conspicuous, and restore mobility.

Common methods of treating scars include

  • Applying special salves or gels (silicone gels)
  • Scar-reducing plasters
  • Subdermal cortisone shots
  • Green peel for normal facial and acne scars
  • Combined laser therapy and cryotherapy