Are chicken pox scars created from scratching?

Usually. Chicken pox causes pustules which itch intensely. The pustule damages the skin but the scratching makes it really worse. That's why your mother (and your dermatologist) told you not to pick at things on your skin! if you can protect the pustule from scratching damage, it usually heals with a minimal scar unless it gets infected with bacteria.

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Is the chicken pox scars on a baby created from scratching?

Damage by infection. The lesions associated with chicken pox do itch, and scratching per se does not cause scarring, but can lead to superficial infection brought to the skin by baby's fingernails (from nose and mouth, which are chock-full of bacteria). The lesions that become bacteria-contaminated often have deeper skin damage, and that is what leads to the scarring-it's all about depth of injury, just like burns! Read more...
Poorly healing wound. Scars are inevitable with nearly any wound that breaks the skin surface. Scarring will depend on the depth of the wound as well as the amount of time it takes to heal. The viral infection may cause blisters that can heal with minimal scarring if left closed or intact. Itching will open the wounds to the air and result in delayed or poor wound healing that leaves the typical pox scar depression. Read more...

Are the chicken pox scars formed frsecondary to scratching?

Cause and effect. When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow and bringing healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. As healing occurs, new tissues fill in that are different than normal and less elastic. This is a scar. Over time it will fade in color but always be there. Read more...

Is it actually true that blisters in chicken pox will create permanent scars?

Possibly. Most of the average 200 spots of a chickenpox breakout will leave no scars. They occur in the top layer of the skin so little disruption occurs for most.However, a contamination of the initial blister with other germs like staph or strep & scratching by the patient can sometimes aggravate some if the spots & leave scars. Read more...

How can I remove chicken pox scars?

Forever Present. A scar forms when there is healing of an injury to the tissues. Remember that with almost all wounds, healing continues for months and months as we change the stress on the tissues. A scar forms as a result and may have many different appearances and colors. Any dark coloration may fade over time but the tissues never are the same and so some scarring will always be there. Read more...

How can chicken pox scars be removed?

Improve not remove . These scars can be excised buttery will only be replaced with another scar. Many options exist and will vary depending on the depth, width and severity ofthe scar. Fillers, dermabrasion, needing, resurfacing (laser or mechanical) peels, grafting, revision and many other alternatives should be discussed with an experienced physician and surgeon. Read more...
Scars are permanent! But the deep or bad ones can be improved by excision, and others can be minimized by chemical peels, dermabrasion, and laser resurfacing. Unfortunately, all scars are permanent and can not be completely eliminated or removed by any technique or surgeon in existence. See an abps-certified plastic surgeon for all the available options. Read more...
Varies. Direct excision, dermabrasion, laser ablation are some of the methods used to help to reduce scars of this nature. Read more...

How can I quickly cure chicken pox scars?

Improve, not remove. Scars cannot be removed but there is a large variety of techniques to improve their appearance, both surgical and non-surgical. They also improve with time. See a dermatologist or board-certified plastic surgeon to evaluate your options. Good luck! Read more...

What can be done about deep chicken pox scars?

Plastic surgeon. A good plastic surgeon may give you several options to consider. Some dermatologists may also have expertise in this area. Read more...
Chicken pox scars. A dermatologist may treat these depressed scars by a technique known as punch graft elevation. The scar is subscised, elevated and after it heals it will be smoothed out with dermabrasion. A number of them can be treated in a single session. This is cosmetic surgery and insurance does not usually pay for it. Read more...