All About Scars

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A scar on a woman's skin

Scars

The medical definition of a scar is that it is a mark left on the skin or inside of any tissue of the body after a wound, a burn or a sore suffered that has not completely healed resulting in the development of fibrous connective tissue.

For any individual, especially women, a scar is a dreaded and definitely an unwanted condition. They can go to great lengths and do everything possible to make one disappear, if and when a situation occurs where a scar may be created. In the vast majority of cultures and subcultures (with a few exceptions) a scared face is considered as “damaged goods”.

For the men the situation is a bit different. There are cultures where a scar as considered an imperative. It is regarded as a proof of manhood and bravery and it could very well be that men may do absolutely nothing to make a scar, especially on the face, disappear. Furthermore, it is another cultural thing for them to consider that “chicks dig scars” (i.e. women like men with scars).

For both men and women in some other cultures and subcultures, scaring is part of religious and other rituals that are an integral part of their beliefs as separate and unique people. In most cases these scars are caused by burned metal which means that the damage is not limited to the top layer but reaches to tissues that lay underneath the skin.

They may need to consider scars in other terms, as it is entirely possible that a scar may produce further and deeper injuries and carcinogenic conditions that would become a serious health issue later.

Depending on the kind, the depth and the cause of a scar they are divided into five categories:

Acne scars

Contracture scars

Hypertrophic scars

Atrophic scars

Keloid scars

After a scar has appeared for any reason there are plenty of interventions that can make it either disappear or fade away to the point of not being observable. Here are some of the possible interventions:

  • Surgery
  • Injection of dermal fibroblasts
  • Dermabrasion
  • Collagen induction
  • Steroid and corticosteroid injections
  • Laser intervention
  • Pressure or silicone gel pads
  • Radiotherapy
  • Freezing
  • Vitamin E

Scar tissues are made out of the same material that the ones they replace: collagen. The difference is that in normal skin the collagen is a random basket weave formation of the protein while in a scar it is cross-linked and aligned and the collagen is of lower quality.

Scaring is one of the most common skin conditions and one of the easiest to occur as any kind of accident may cause one except wherever there are very minor lesions. It would be very useful to know what to do after an accident to prevent the formation and reduce the risk of developing a scar that will remain there forever.

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