Rolling scars are a type of atrophic scar that creates a wave-like or rolling appearance on the skin's surface. These scars are caused by damage to the skin's underlying structure, such as inflammation or collagen loss, resulting in a depressed area of the skin. In this article, we will discuss the causes, appearance, and treatment options for rolling scars.
Causes of Rolling Scars
Rolling scars can occur due to various causes, including:
Acne: Acne is a common cause of rolling scars. Picking or squeezing acne can cause damage to the skin's underlying structure, resulting in depressed areas on the skin's surface.
Aging: As we age, our skin naturally loses collagen and elasticity, resulting in a thinner, less supple skin that is more prone to rolling scars.
Injuries: Injuries that damage the skin's underlying structure, such as burns or deep cuts, can result in rolling scars.
Genes: Some individuals may be more prone to developing rolling scars due to genetic factors.
How Do Rolling Scars Look Like?
Rolling scars are characterized by a wave-like or rolling appearance on the skin's surface. They are usually shallow, with smooth edges and rounded depressions. They can vary in size and depth and are typically wider than ice pick or boxcar scars. Rolling scars can occur on any area of the body, but they are most commonly found on the cheeks and temples.
Treatment Options for Rolling Scars
There are several treatment options available for rolling scars, including:
Dermal Fillers: Dermal fillers, such as hyaluronic acid, can be injected into the depressed areas of the skin to plump up the skin and reduce the appearance of rolling scars.
Micro-Needling: Micro-needling involves using a roller device with tiny needles to puncture the skin's surface. This treatment can stimulate collagen production, which can help to reduce the appearance of rolling scars.
Chemical Peels: Chemical peels involve the application of a chemical solution to the skin to remove the outer layers of damaged skin. This can help to improve the appearance of rolling scars by promoting the growth of new, healthy skin.
Laser Resurfacing: Laser resurfacing is a more invasive treatment that uses a laser to remove the outer layers of skin. This can help to stimulate collagen production and promote the growth of new, healthy skin, reducing the appearance of rolling scars.
Subcision: Subcision involves using a needle to break up the fibrous tissue underneath the skin that is causing the rolling scars. This can help to smooth out the skin's surface and reduce the appearance of rolling scars.
How to Prevent Rolling Scars
Avoid picking at, popping, or squeezing your pimples as this can increase the risk of scarring. It’s also best to start treating your acne before it has a chance to get worse.
Of course, the best way to prevent acne scars is to prevent acne in the first place. This is why it is important to regularly flush out impurities from your pores so acne does not have a chance to form.
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Disclaimer: This article should not be interpreted as personal medical advice. For medical-related matters, please consult your dermatologist.