Our skin is a seamless organ, like a fine piece of cloth protecting valuable assets. Any burn, injury, surgery or other trauma to it can cause the formation of scar tissue that can be downright ugly.
Imagine if you had a fine piece of silk: Even one small tear can make a difference in how it looks. But we're human: Throughout our lives, we will have experiences that nip and tear at our skin, either self-inflicted, or completely out of our control.
A scar isn't so bad if it's small or in a location that's easy to conceal. But often you want a way to treat those scars other than hiding them under clothing.
The truth is this: The scar will never completely go away, but there are some methods that can help reduce its size and appearance.
How Does Scarring Happen?
Scar formation is a natural part of the healing process after injury.
Various factors influence how your skin scars. Of course, the depth and size of the wound or incision and the location of the injury are going to impact the scar's characteristics. But age, heredity, even sex or ethnicity, will all affect how skin reacts.
What Are the Types of Scars?
These are several different types of scars including:
Reviewed on 7/8/2012
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