Scars are the body’s natural response to an injury, whether the result of trauma, burns, surgery or a skin condition such as acne. The body produces collagen to heal and strengthen the wound and as the scar forms and then matures, it will greatly change appearance.
Most scars will heal well and gradually fade and flatten over time, but some may remain unsightly, painful or cause functional problems due to their size or position constricting the skin.
Keloid scars occur when excessive collagen is produced and can overgrow the initial scar site and appear very swollen, red or raised and be itchy or painful. Some people can be more susceptible to keloid scarring and they are more likely to appear in certain areas of the body, such as the chest, arms and shoulders and the upper back.
Hypertrophic scars are thickened, raised scars caused by too much collagen production but do not extend beyond the edge of the wound. They can cause skin contracture and limit function and movement depending on where they are positioned.
Scar treatment, also known as scar management or correction, aims to improve the function and appearance of scars and Mr Juling Ong offers a number of different surgical and non-surgical procedures and works with medical practitioners from other disciplines if required.