What is a Scar?

Most people will incur an unsightly physical scar at some point in their lives.  Whether it is related to a skin condition, injury, surgery, burn or cut, scars can be small and barely noticeable.  On the other hand, they can also be larger, and aesthetically unpleasant and even disfiguring.  For many patients, scars can be emotionally upsetting and embarrassing.  Scars may also result in development of post-traumatic stress reactions, loss of self-esteem and being stigmatized, leading to a diminished quality of life.

Scars occur after an injury and essentially occur as part of the healing process.  The size and appearance of the scar will depend on the size of the wound and  it’s location.  Patient factors, such as age, genetics and ethnicity can also impact the scar’s appearance and healing.  Scars affect people of all ages and never completely go away.  However, they can be treated to diminish their size and appearance. All scars are unique and selecting an appropriate Scar Therapy and treatment options are based upon the physician and patients scar therapeutic goals.

Different Types of Scars

Acne Scars

  • Acne scars:  Acne scars can have a severe impact on patients, depending on the severity of the scar.  Acne scars can be deep pits within the skin or skin discoloration and unevenness.  Although prevalent in teenagers and young adults, adults can also experience acne as a result of hormonal imbalance, stress and side affects of medication.
  • Keloid scars:  Keloid  scars occur as part of the  healing process and normally are larger than the actual site of the injury. They can be heavy dense skin patches that can require surgery to remove, depending on their size. .  Smaller keloid scars that do not require surgery may also be treated with transdermal medications, steroid injections or cryotherapy.
  • Hypertrophic scars: Hypertrophic scars are red, raised scars that resemble keloids but do not get any larger than the boundary of the injury.
  • Contracture scars: Contracture scars:  These scars commonly occur with burn injuries, and can cause the skin to feel tight and pulled and may impair a patients ability to move.  These scars can also affect nerves and muscles, depending on how deep they are.

Scar Therapy and Treatment

As a Compounding Pharmacy, Hoye’s Pharmacy can work with the physician and patient to formulate a Transdermal or Topical Medication to assist in achieving the therapeutic goals of the patient.  Using a popular scar therapy base, developed by PCCA, known as PracaSilPlus. 

PracaSilPlus is a  combination of various ingredients may be combined and may help in the treatment of scars. The beneficial effects of PCCA’s base, Praca-Sil™-Plus have been published for the first time in the December 2014 issue of Dermatology and Therapy.  The article, titled “Case Series:  The Effectiveness of Fatty Acids fro Pracaxi Oil in a Topical Silicone Base for Scar Therapy and Wound Therapy,” details the results of several cases where patients used PracaSil-Plus and experienced tremendous improvements in their scars.  Improvements were seen at the end of the study period.  Read the abstract online.

For more information on Scar Therapy or Scar Treatment, call Hoye’s Pharmacy at (800) 788-8123