Scars are a natural part of the body's healing process, representing the final stage in wound repair.

What are Scars?

A scar is your body's way of repairing skin tissue damage caused by an accident, surgery, or skin condition like acne. It forms when the dermis - the deep, thick layer of skin - is damaged. The body forms new collagen fibers to mend this damage, resulting in a scar.

The new scar tissue has a different texture and quality than the surrounding tissue. Scars can appear flat, lumpy, sunken, colored or even cause discomfort and restrict movement if they are large or positioned over a joint.

Types of Scars

There are several types of scars depending on their characteristics and how they form. Here's an overview:

  1. Atrophic scars: These scars form a depression or sunken area because of damage to collagen which can happen in conditions like acne or chickenpox (Mayo Clinic).
  2. Hypertrophic scars: These are raised scars that remain within the boundaries of the original wound and may decrease in size over time (American Society for Dermatologic Surgery).
  3. Keloid Scars: Keloids are thick puckered clusters of scar tissue that grow beyond the edges of the wound or incision. They often appear red or darker in color than normal skin (American Academy of Dermatology Association).
  4. Contracture scars: These scars typically occur after the skin has been burned. They cause tightening (or contracting) of the skin that can impair your ability to move.

Can Scars Be Treated?

While most scars fade over time and become barely noticeable, others remain visible and unsightly. Fortunately, there are treatment options (WebMD) available such as:

  • Topical Treatments: Including gels, tapes or external compression.
  • Medical Procedures: Such as laser therapy, minor skin surgeries, steroid injections.
  • Surgeries to change scar's appearance: Surgical revision or skin grafting.

Before deciding on a scar treatment approach, it is important to consult with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon for professional advice.


Scars are an inevitable part of the healing process following a wound or inflammation. While they may alter our aesthetics and make us feel self-conscious, it's important to remember that each scar carries a story of survival and resilience.

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