Scars Can Be Small Enough To Forget About Or They Can Seriously Impact Your Life
You might think of scars as harmless cosmetic flaws but scars can be painful, itchy, sore, and even cause long term problems like insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Scars are made of collagen, the same fibres that hold together normal skin cells, and fibrin, fibres that link together like mesh. In scar tissue, the collagen fibres align in the same direction, which makes a much less flexible adhesion when cross-linked with fibrin protein fibres. The result: the colour is different, the texture isn’t as flexible and is sometimes itchy or painful, pores, and hair follicles do not return. Scar tissue is inferior to skin in more ways than you can count.
Scars are Part of Everyone’s Life
Year after year, millions of new scars are formed. Wounds to the skin and tissue can heal on their own over time. But scars will remain after those wounds heal.
To date, scars cannot be removed completely, but with effective treatment and good management, the appearance and side effects of a scar can be improved significantly in most cases. In addition, the likelihood of developing abnormal scars can be reduced effectively if treatment starts shortly after wound closure.
Itching, tenderness or pain are well-known physical symptoms of scars which can impact the quality of life significantly. Scars that continue to grow can limit movement and may be functionally disabling. Some abnormal scars may take many years to soften and fade. (Deflorin et al., 2020).
The psychological impact of scars must not be ignored as they can affect a person’s life and sometimes outweigh the physical symptoms. Some scars are highly prominent and constantly visible. This may lead to feeling stigmatized by the reaction of others which can then result in an low self-esteem. For some people, a scar can be a constant reminder of the event that caused it. If it was a traumatic event it may even result in distress and difficulties in social situations. All this may lead to a diminished quality of life and isolation. (Ziolkowski et al., 2019).
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All information is intended for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a replacement for professional medical advice. You should seek professional medical care if you have any concerns about your skin.
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