Scar tissue is the inevitable result of surgery or injury that damages the dermis (middle) layer of skin. All scars follow the same wound healing process of hemostasis, inflammation, proliferation, and maturation. Not all scars will appear the same, however. Some will fade over time and appear as a thin white line on the surface of the skin. Other scars can be more aggressive and leave a person with a number of unwanted side-effects. It’s encouraging to know that while some scar types can be burdensome to the patient, there are a number of safe and effective treatment options available to reduce side effects.
Injuries happen when we least expect them, especially for children and the elderly. Depending on the severity of the injury, a person can be left with little to no scarring or develop excessive scarring, known as keloids and hypertrophic scars. Common injuries can lead to acne scarring, burn scars, keloids, and hypertrophic scars. These scar types are typical but they can be burdensome and difficult to manage if left untreated for long periods of time. Some people go to such lengths to treat their scars through the methods of steroid injections and surgical scar removal. However, these options may not be viable for some people, especially children. Therefore, patients want to know what natural and safe therapy options exist for effectively reducing the size and appearance of scars.
The Achilles tendon, known medically as the calcaneal tendon, is a dense cord of fibrous tissues that connect the calf muscles to the heel bone. The Achilles tendon is the strongest and thickest tendon in the human body, capable of supporting multiple times one’s own body weight. But despite its strength, and considering how frequently our bodies rely on its support, the Achilles tendon is prone to injury. When this tendon tears or ruptures, surgical intervention and repair are required.
People of any age can scar as a result of wound healing, but not everyone’s scar looks the same throughout the course of their lifetime. While scarring always follows the same wound healing process, age can play a vital role in the formation of abnormal or aggressive scar types. It is commonly thought that as we age, our skin becomes weaker and more prone to injury and scarring. While this is one part of the story, it doesn’t reveal the full picture. It may surprise you that children and adolescents are at higher risk for severe scarring, but probably not for the reasons you think.
It’s no surprise that young children and babies are more prone to injury and subsequent scarring than adults. This is because children are naturally curious as they learn about the world around them through exploration and adventure. No toddler learns how to walk without falling. And most of us have heard our parents tell us to look out for sharp corners on more than one occasion. Apart from childhood injury, many babies are born with cleft lips, congenital heart issues, or other problems that require surgery to fix. Notwithstanding the many ways toddlers can end up with scars, there are safe and effective scar care treatments that are available to all parents with accident-prone children.
Once a person sustains a wound, they can usually tell depending on the severity that scarring will follow. As scarring is a natural part of wound healing, there is little a person can do to prevent them from forming. However, that isn’t to say that you can’t control the way your scar develops and looks after surgery or injury. Scar tissue is the result of a complex and dynamic wound healing process that follows a well-understood pattern. By understanding how scars form and what is required for wounds to heal effectively, you can ensure that you don’t develop unsightly scars.
As we get older we begin to notice that our bodies don’t function as well as they used to. Joints and muscles start aching, energy levels decrease, and our bodies’ ability to heal becomes less efficient. This is especially true with regards to wound healing. Generally speaking, the older a person is, the longer it will take for a wound to fully heal. This can also lead to wound infections and a greater risk of scarring. While there’s no way to reverse the aging process and eliminate the burden of long wound-healing processes, there is a way to minimize the amount of scarring that occurs later in life.
Breast augmentations and implants are becoming an increasingly popular aspect of self-expression and self-confidence for women around the world. As one of the most common cosmetic surgeries performed in America, it is no wonder breast implants are a hot topic within the realm of scar therapy and management. Breast augmentations are considered invasive procedures, so scarring is an inevitable result. There are different techniques plastic surgeons use to minimize scarring, but there is no way to eliminate scarring completely. If you are someone who is predisposed to excessive scarring, it’s good to know that you have options to prevent and treat abnormal scar types.