Scars are common. We start our lives with an umbilical stump that matures into a scar. But since everyone has one we do not seem to mind having it.
Scar looks and feels different because it is composed of tissues which are different. Due to this scar has different biomechanical and light reflecting properties. And at times it can lead to significant distress in those with these scars.
A scar is a living tissue that changes its composition over a period of time. We know this as scar remodeling. Many therapies exist to favorably alter the appearance of the scar. They vary in their simplicity and invasiveness. There are certain activities that can be done by anyone to make scars better. We commonly ask our patients to perform these to have a better-looking scar. These would be,
In most instances, scar remodeling favorably affects the scar. Scar remodeling is greatest during the initial one to two years. This usually leads to more supple and flattened scars. Because of this, we tend to postpone any surgical scar treatments until one to two years since we would like to reap the benefits of scar remodeling.
To conclude, though one can't completely eliminate scars, it is possible to influence the outcome of scars by means of simple techniques that be done by the patient. With compliance, a patient can end up with more acceptable scars.
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