Scars are the end result of a complex and dynamic wound healing process that follows four distinct stages. Those stages are hemostasis, inflammatory, proliferative, and maturation. All scars follow this same process no matter the source of the wound or where it is located on the body. While some scars will fade over time, others will develop into keloids and hypertrophic scars. These scar types are highly noticeable, especially on exposed areas of the body like the arms. People with scars on their arms want to know how they can treat them so they can feel comfortable again in their skin. Continue reading to learn more about your scars and to discover a clinically-proven way to treat them.
A common question many patients ask after surgery is if their scar will heal on its own or if medical intervention is required. The short answer: it depends. More than likely, a scar will never completely go away, especially if it was caused by an invasive procedure or major injury. On the other hand, if you are healing from a minor wound, you may get lucky and be left with a barely visible mark. A number of factors, including genetics and how well you treat your wound, can determine how your scar will turn out. Luckily, there are a number of things we can do to help our scars fade over time.
Every scar tells a story. For some, a scar is a beautiful mark of victory that reminds them of a past struggle that they were able to overcome. For others, a scar represents an accident or mistake that would be better off forgotten. Maybe you weren’t too concerned with your scar during your younger years, but as time went on and aspects of your life changed, your scar remained the same. Many people wonder if there is anything that they can do about scars that are years or even decades old. While treatment often works best for scars that are still in their infancy, old scars can still be treated with much success.
Summer is coming to an end and that means many people are soaking up their last rays of sunshine and squeezing in a last-minute tan. Others look for ways to stay tan all year long by using a tanning bed or having a spray-on tan. Getting the right amount of Sun is important, and there are numerous health benefits. And if you are someone with scars from surgery or injury, you may be wondering if tanning is an effective way of reducing the appearance of your scars. After all, a tan will help blend in the uneven pigmentation caused by scarring, right? Not quite.
Wound care is likely one of the oldest forms of medical care known to humans. Let’s face it, a person probably didn’t get very far in a pre-industrialized world when our ancestors worked to survive and doctors were scarce. Therefore, caring for a wound was paramount to survival. Nowadays, we live in a much safer world in which people have quick access to medical care and products that help their wounds heal. But what really are the best ways to promote wound healing? And what should you avoid if you wish to recover as quickly as possible and reduce scarring? There is a lot of misinformation about wound care that has been passed down through the ages, so it’s important to do your research.
Spinal fusion is the process of surgically mending the vertebrae (small bones) in the spine so that they heal together as a single bone. A person may opt to undergo a spinal fusion if they are experiencing pain, misalignment, or reduced mobility in the spine. Once the surgery is complete and the healing process is over, it’s a good idea (after consulting with your doctor) to start stretching your spine to regain strength and flexibility. This is when the ancient practice of doing yoga will become your best friend. You'll want to take it slow at first, so listen to your body and know your limits to avoid the risk of injury.