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Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Overview)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever we sustain an injury.


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Cutting soothes me. I don't want my body to be scarred to shreds, so how do I stop?

Cutting soothes me. I don't want my body to be scarred to shreds, so how do I stop?

Why do you cut?: Don't know the specific reasons that you cut. Someone who feels empty inside may cut to feel "something". Someone who is hurting emotionally may cut so that the physical pain will distract them. Some cut to punish themselves. One may cut in the belief that they will let out negativity or evil. Regardless of why you use cutting to cope it is unhealthy. Please obtain professional mental health care. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
1,841 doctors shared insights

Scarring (Overview)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever we sustain an injury.


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What happens if you get a scar revison, but you smoke a lot?

What happens if you get a scar revison, but you smoke a lot?

Wound Healing: Compared with nonsmokers, smokers have a higher incidence of unsatisfactory healing after face-lift surgery, as well as a greater degree of complications following breast surgery. Smokers should be advised to stop smoking prior to elective surgery or when recovering from wounds resulting from trauma, disease, or emergent surgery. ...Read more

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Treating Scarring (Tip)

Treating Scarring

Co2 fractional ablation works great on acne scarring. ...See more

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Treating Scarring (Checklist)

If you smoke, stop. Smoking prevents healthy skin from healing
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See a dermatologist to see what options are available
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Find out if you're a candidate for cosmetic scar treatments
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What is involved in revising a scar?

What is involved in revising a scar?

Excision: Scar revision usually involves excising the scar and re-closing the area in layers. Deep sutures are typically used to provide dermal support which minimizes scarring. Also, depending on the location and orientation of the scar, the surgeon may decide to perform local tissue rearrangement (such as a z-plasty) to better conceal a scar. Post-operative scar management is also important. ...Read more

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Why do scars get darker?

Why do scars get darker?

Multiple factors: Scars can get darker in people following a recent surgery or injury and a/ unprotected exposure to sun. B/ hormonal imbalance in some patients due to disease or side effect of medication. C/ darker skinned people - fitzpatrick skin types 5 & 6 and sometimes 4. D/ infections/chronic irritation of site can also induce darker scars to form. ...Read more

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How to lighten up the dark scars on my skin?

How to lighten up the dark scars on my skin?

Scar Treatments: Depending on how old they are you may benefit from bleaching creams, steroid injections, silicone gel, lasers or additional surgery. Consult with a physician who specializes in scarring to discuss the best options for you. ...Read more

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When is a scar considered old?

When is a scar considered old?

1 year: Scars typically reach full maturation or are considered "old" after 1 year. The remodeling pathway can continue up to 18 months however, the changes are usually more on a microscopic/histologic level and do not translate to anything that can be seen by the naked eye. You can assume that at the year mark, this is basically the final appearance of the scar. ...Read more

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Dr. John Mancoll
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Cicatrix (Definition)

Cicatrix is also known as Scars. A cicatrix is a scar. Scars normally form after any wound to the body's tissues, but abnormally thick or large scars on the ...Read more