What’s The Difference Between Scar Relaxation And Scar Camouflage?

Even skilled surgeons leave some visible scars behind after some plastic surgery treatments. While you might be happy with your surgical results, you might not be happy with the scarring you now have. 

While you can use cosmetics to cover up scars, this is a temporary solution. For a more permanent fix, you can have medical cosmetic procedures to deal with these scars. For example, you can book scar relaxation or camouflage treatments.

How do these plastic surgery scar camouflage treatments work?

How Does Scar Relaxation Work?

While scars do settle down over time, they won't ever look like natural skin. Scar tissue often has a bumpy surface and uneven texture that makes it stand out even more. It has a 3D appearance on the skin that is hard to conceal.

Scar relaxation can help change the physical appearance of scars and reduce their visibility. This process uses micro-needling to treat the tissue and change its structure.

Here, your clinician uses tiny needles to puncture the surface of your scar tissue. Once the tissue has holes in it, your body will start to repair the damage. It floods the area with collagen, elastin, and melanin. You also get improved blood flow in and around the scarring.

As this healing process progresses, scars start to look less visible. Treatments can reduce the bumpy and uneven appearance of scars so that they blend in with the surrounding skin more effectively. Scars should become smoother.

Plus, extra boosts of collagen, elastin, and melanin, together with improved blood flow, also change the color of scars. They should stop looking as red and sore and should turn a more natural skin tone color.

At the end of your treatment, scars should be smoother. They should also look less obvious.

How Does Scar Camouflage Work?

Scar camouflage treatments work in much the same way as scar reduction procedures. They also harness the healing benefits of micro-needling.

However, camouflaging treatments have additional benefits. They can change the color of scars to match your natural skin tone more closely.

Here, your clinician adds a color pigment to the needling process. They match the color of this pigment to your skin tone around the scar to get as exact a match as possible.

During the needling process, the pigment changes the color of the scar. It brings it even closer to your natural skin color, so it becomes much less visible.

To find out more about these treatments and to get advice on which one to use, contact plastic surgery scar camouflage experts.