The development of scar tissue is a normal part of the healing process. When a surgery or injury breaks the skin, it heals itself by forming strong, fibrous tissue. Scars may be caused by infections, burns, wounds, cuts, surgical incisions, or skin diseases such as acne. Depending on the location and size, a scar may be uncomfortable or inhibit movement. If it is on the face or other visible part of the body, it may be a cosmetic concern. We offer various scar revision options at our South Florida offices.
WHAT IS SCAR TISSUE?
A scar is very different from healthy skin tissue. It is composed of parallel collagen fibers. By contrast, the collagen in healthy skin forms a network of crossed fibers in a basket weave type pattern. Therefore, scars are less flexible and often thicker than healthy skin. Hair follicles and sweat glands do not regrow in scar tissue.
HOW SCARS FORM
There are many factors that affect scarring, some of which are not fully understood. However, we know that deep or broad wounds create thicker and larger scars than superficial injuries do. The area of the body is also important. For example, areas such as the shoulder where skin frequently stretches will have more difficulty in healing. Other influential factors include the patient’s age, gender, ethnicity, skin type, and the presence of skin disease.
ERASING THE MARK
In some cases, a scar will improve with time. However, it will not disappear entirely. Even a small or light colored scar can cause physical discomfort or negatively impact your self-esteem.
By accurately identifying the scar, Dr. Andrew can recommend effective treatments and guidance. Individuals who are planning elective surgeries may wish to discuss strategies for preventing or minimizing scars.