Scarring can cause distress, particularly if it’s in a prominent area such as the face, neck or hands. Scarring is a result of fibrous tissue forming around a wound during the biological healing process in the epidermis.
The protective tissue, which is created as a defence mechanism, is an accumulation of redundant cell material, which can create a visible and permanent scar.
The degree of scarring varies from person to person and skin health can depends on the healing time of the wound. The pitted scarring that is often seen with acne scarring is called cuneiform scarring. This is the result of a slow healing process.
When scars become irregular and rise above the skin's surface they are called hypertrophic scars. This is again due to irregular speed of healing. This type of scar generally does not fade or flatten with time.
Scar tissue is not identical to the tissue it replaces and is usually of inferior functional quality. Scar tissue for example, is less resistant to ultraviolet radiation and sweat glands and hair follicles often don't grow back after trauma and associated scar tissue.
Scars can often be treated very successfully, with minimal discomfort and limited downtime.
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