Scars Are One of the Few Things Whose Appearance Tends to Improve With Age
The natural result of the body’s attempt to heal an open wound or tear in the surface of the skin or body tissues is a scar. Every person forms scars, and scars are always resulting from surgical incisions or trauma which goes all the way to the deeper layers of skin and sometimes the structures. In fact, a scar will result from any type of procedure. There is no such thing as a procedure that does not leave a scar, regardless of what is advertised or hyped.
Unfortunately for some, the body’s healing may result in the formation of scars that are unsightly or that cause unwanted symptoms such as pain or tightness. The surgery or scar revision involves the removal of the offending scar and its replacement with an improved surrounding soft tissue or skin. This can allow for the scar to be camouflaged and minimized in a much more aesthetic and functional way.
Scars are one of the few things that will improve with age. Scars that are often unsightly, thickened scars at first can become thinner and virtually unnoticeable over time. Scars will typically undergo several stages of healing. An incision or scar that has been carefully closed will usually have a small amount of bruising and swelling over the first several days after the procedure or injury. Sutures will then be removed, if necessary, and healing or the would and scar production will begin. The body will bring in natural building blocks such as collagen to the area of the would which will allow for the area of the scar to be bridged and sealed.
Every scar will appear to become more lumpy and red at first. This process will take somewhere between two and six weeks. Between the fourth and eighth weeks, the scar will appear much redder and wider than it initially did. This will usually be when the scar looks it’s worst, and is a natural part of the process of healing. The scar will usually remain reddened for about one to six months after this. After that as the fibers, collagen, and scar organizes and progressively matures, the scar tends to contract down and eventually flatten out. The color of the scar will become less red and then begin to take on the appearance and color of the tissue surrounding it. The scar will then slowly fade with time.
Scar revision is typically a safe procedure. Most of the time the procedure can be performed under local anesthesia in an outpatient setting. The healing process is usually rapid and the procedures and the recovery are usually not very painful. Risks will usually include infection, pain, bleeding, and damage to the nerves and vessels.