Scar Treatment Market Report

Scar Treatment Market Analysis By Product (Topical, Laser, Injectables), By Scar Type (Stretch Marks, Atrophic, Contracture, Hypertrophic & Keloid Scars), By End Use (Hospitals, Clinics, Retail Pharmacies), And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Published Date: Feb, 2017
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2015
  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-390-4
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2015
  • Number of Pages: 90

Industry Insights

The global scar treatment market size was valued at USD 13.76 billion in 2015 and is expected to witness attractive growth over the forecast period. Growing concern among people regarding their esthetic appearance is one of the major factors triggering the rise in demand for scar treatment products in the market. Treating various types of scars helps in complete skin rejuvenation, which improves the esthetic appeal of a person. Such demand for esthetics is mainly generated by the women population owing to their greater concern for appearance. Thus, this population group is expected to be largest contributor to the market.

Increasing number of road accidents is also a significant influencing factor contributing toward the growth of the market. WHO data quoted that due to road accidents nearly 10 million people are injured every year, which has led to increase in target population. Topical products generally help in reducing such marks. Road accidents also lead to high demand for cosmetic surgeries, which further boosts the demand for laser instruments. High prevalence of burn injuries is another driving factor supporting the growth of the market. Burn injuries leave noticeable hypertrophic burn marks, which distorts the victim’s appearance. Scar removal products are crucial for such injuries.

North America scar treatment market, by product, 2014 - 2025 (USD Million)

North America scar treatment market

Scar treatment industry is experiencing immense technological developments with introduction of laser therapy, for instance, MedLite C6, a Q-switched laser-based instrument developed for treatment of acne. Laser instruments help in destroying scar tissue, thereby, assisting in scar treatment procedure. Treatment with laser products involves both surgical and nonsurgical procedures. Plastic and reconstructive surgery is also a part of surgical laser treatment process.

Product Insights

In 2015, topical products were estimated to be the largest growing segment during the forecast period. This is because topical gels, creams, and silicone sheets are commonly available as Over-the-Counter (OTC) products, which enhances their usability as a treatment for scars.

Laser products are anticipated to show attractive growth owing to the minimal discomfort with noninvasive laser therapy. Moreover, cosmetic laser surgeries are adopted on a large scale by patients suffering from acne, keloid, or stretch marks.

Scar Type Insights

Amongst the types of scars, atrophic held the largest share and exhibited the fastest growth in 2015, primarily because it majorly includes acne scars. Acne is the most common concern for majority of the population, particularly women. Moreover, atrophic scars are generally treated with topical creams and gels that are available OTC, which made it a dominating segment.

Hypertrophic and keloid scars also generated significant revenue in 2015 due to their frequent occurrence among people experiencing wound injuries. Topical creams, silicone gels, and silicone gel sheets are very effective on keloids as they reduce their visibility.

End-Use Insights

On the basis of end use, the market has been segmented into hospitals, clinics, retail pharmacies, and e commerce (online retailing). Hospital segment held the largest share in 2015 owing to the fact that products such as topical creams and gels, laser instruments, and steroid injections are widely used for scar removal in hospital settings.

Retail pharmacies/e-commerce segment is expected to show significant growth over the forecast period. Online websites offer a wide range of scar treatment products ranging from topical creams and gels, portable laser instruments, and steroid injections. People often tend to buy products online due to their discounted prices and numerous offers. Retail pharmacies also provide an easy availability option for the topical products.

U.S. scar treatment market share, by end use, 2015

U.S. scar treatment market

Regional Insights

In 2015, North America dominated the market owing to the high concern about esthetics as well as rapid adoption of advanced products. Advanced laser instruments for scar treatment are in high demand by the U.S. population, which is making it an influential regional market.

Asia Pacific is projected to exhibit lucrative growth rate over the forecast period. This is primarily because countries like India have the highest number of road accidents. Hence, this region is expected to contribute significantly for the market in the near future.

Competitive Insights

Some of the key players are Smith & Nephew plc; Merz Inc.; Lumenis; Enaltus LLC; Sonoma Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Mölnlycke Health Care; Cynosure, Inc.; CCA Industries Inc.; Scarheal, Inc., NewMedical Technology, Inc.; and Suneva Medical, Inc.

The major players are focusing on strategies such as launch of new products, mergers & acquisitions, and geographical expansions in order to cater to the unmet demand of the target population. For instance, in 2015, Lumenis acquired Pollogen Ltd, an Israeli-based medical esthetic company with an aim to expand its esthetic products portfolio.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2015

Forecast period

2016 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2016 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America & MEA

Country scope

U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, India, China, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis on the latest trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the scar treatment market on the basis of product, scar type, end use and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • Topical Products

      • Creams

      • Gels

      • Silicon Sheets

      • Others

    • Laser Products

      • CO2 Laser

      • Pulse-dyed Laser

      • Others

    • Injectables

    • Others

  • Scar Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • Atrophic Scars

    • Hypertrophic and Keloid Scars

    • Contracture Scars

    • Stretch Marks

  • End-Use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • Hospitals 

    • Clinics

    • Retail Pharmacies/E-commerce

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014- 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

    • MEA

      • South Africa

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