WHAT IS A SCAR?
Scars are a natural part of the skin's healing process after an injury or trauma. When the deep layers of the skin, such as the dermis, are damaged, the body initiates a complex repair process that involves the production of collagen, a fibrous protein that forms the framework for new tissue.
HOW DO SCARS COMMONLY DEVELOP?
The formation of scars can be influenced by various factors, including:
Wound Type and Severity
The size, depth, and location of the wound play a role in scar formation. Deeper and more extensive wounds, such as those resulting from surgery or severe trauma, are more likely to leave noticeable scars.
Individual Healing Response
Each individual's healing process is unique. Factors such as genetics, age, and overall health can affect how scars develop. Some individuals may naturally have a predisposition to form more prominent or raised scars, while others may have a tendency to develop flat or pigmented scars.
Wound Care and Treatment
Proper wound care and treatment can significantly influence the outcome of scar formation. Inadequate wound care, such as picking at scabs or not protecting the wound from excessive sun exposure, can increase the risk of abnormal scar development.
UNDERSTANDING SCAR FORMATION - EXPLAINED
Scars can manifest in different forms and characteristics. Here's an overview of the common types of scars:
Hypertrophic scars are raised, thickened scars that remain within the boundaries of the original wound. They often appear red or pink and may gradually improve over time.
Keloid scars are similar to hypertrophic scars but extend beyond the boundaries of the original wound. They can be raised, thickened, and have a tendency to grow larger over time. Keloid scars may be itchy, uncomfortable, and cause cosmetic concerns.
Atrophic scars are characterised by a loss of tissue, resulting in a depressed or sunken appearance. They can be caused by conditions such as acne, chickenpox, or surgery. Atrophic scars may be shallow or deep, and their appearance can vary.
In some cases of moderate to severe acne (30% of cases), post acne scarring may occur, leaving behind various types of scars. These include small pitted scars, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, ice pick scars (deep and narrow), atrophic/depressed scars, and rolling scars. Early treatment for acne is crucial in preventing scarring, as it becomes more challenging to address once it has formed.
Stretch marks, scientifically known as striae, are a common occurrence following periods of skin stretching, such as during puberty, pregnancy, weight gain, or hormonal changes. They can appear on various parts of the body, with the breasts, abdomen, and thighs being the most commonly affected areas. Initially, they may appear as red or purple marks, gradually fading over time to a white or silver colour. These marks occur due to the depletion and damage of collagen fibres in the skin, resulting in depressions. While stretch marks often become less noticeable over time, they can still cause distress for some individuals.
CAN SCARS BE PERMANENTLY REMOVED?
ARE SCAR TREATMENTS PAINFUL?
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR SCARS TO IMPROVE?
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