scarring

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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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How is hypertrophic scarring treated?

Scars

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Treatment could include intralesional injection of cortisone, pulsed dye laser, or silicone sheets or gel. Dermatologists treat these everyday.
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Dr. Mark Checcone answered:

Products for pitted scars?

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Scars are disruptions to the skin's normal layers, thickness, color and contour. They change through your lifetime due to the normal scar remodeling process. Good products compliment this process like silicone gel, occlusive dressings, steroids, etc. The problem with deep pitting is that the scar pulls the skin into a deep pit. Precise excision is usually the best option to release them.
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Is there any way to have freckles on scars?

Not usually

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Scar tissue does not usually retain much pigment producing cells, but occasionally some survive and are within the scar mass itself. When they produce pigment like the rest of your skin, it may appear like freckles. Some scars are 'hyperpigmented' meaning have blotchy pigment colors retains permanently. Reason for scarring is often a factor
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Dr. Bauback Safa answered:

What is involved in revising a scar?

Excision

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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.
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Dr. Zahid Niazi answered:

Why do scars get darker?

Multiple factors

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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.
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Dr. Andrew Shatz answered:

What is scarring on the retina?

Damage

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The retina can develop scars much the same way that any other tissue can. The most common cause of scarring is from bleeding (examples: diabetes, macular degeneration), and from lasers used to treat the bleeding. Retinal repair of any kind can lead to bleeding, as can severe trauma to the eye.
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Does chickepox leave scars?

Depends

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The classicle leasons of chickenpox are superficial & generally leave transient marks that fade over a year or so.However, if a kid scratches & digs at leasons there is a chance that a deeper wound will appear and scar. There is also risk that weeping sores will be invaded by staph or strep and cause even bigger problems. Simple surveylance and cleaning of wounds can minimize risk.
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Dr. Barry Handler answered:

is there any remedy to lighten the scars?

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Depends on the age of the scar, ethnicity and what color the scar is. In general most scars will lighten on their own6-18 months after healing begins. Red scar lightening can be accelerated using certain lasers of steroid shots. Brown scars are more common in people of color. One can try hydro quinine but it works slowly and there is a good chance the scar will lighten with time anyway
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What makes the prettiest scars-- stitches, glue or staples?

Glue or steristrips

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The key to making the most invisible scars is lack of tension on the incision. This is accomplished by placing multiple deep sutures. The closure of the skin is best done with glue or steristrips. This will eliminate any scarring from sutures or staples.
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Dr. Joseph A. Mele answered:

What is the definition or description of: Scarring?

Scarring

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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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