What is a Scar?
Any time the skin surface is breached down through the second skin layer called the dermis, a scar will form. Scarring is the body’s way of healing the incision, burn or accidental cut. Fibrous connective tissue forms at the site and draws the skin edges together, forming a ridge which may be straight or may not, depending on the nature of the wound.
A skin scar has no hair follicles, blood vessels or sweat glands. It is not the same as skin cells and is more susceptible to UV rays. Scars typically take about a year to fully heal, shrink and fade. A normal scar becomes a thin pale line. But there are abnormal scars which remain red and raised (Hypertrophic scars) and can even spread well beyond the wound site (Keloid scars). In those cases, the body is producing too much connective tissue
Each person scars in an individual way, some more quickly and others more slowly or less effectively. Some have a tendency towards Hypertrophic or Keloid scars which appears to be genetic. There is surgery to remove an unsightly scar but since it cuts the skin it will create a new scar. But a skilled surgeon can perform the scar revision surgery so as to leave you with a smaller scar, and that is the purpose of the surgery.
The heart can be scarred by a heart attack. The scar forms in the heart muscle and weakens that muscle, so that heart failure is more likely in the future. Other body organs can also form scars, such as the eyes and kidneys, but bones heal without scarring.
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