Also called: Cicatrix, Keloid scar

A scar is a permanent patch of skin that grows over a wound. It forms when your body heals itself after a cut, scrape, burn, or sore. You can also get scars from surgery that cuts through the skin, infections like chickenpox, or skin conditions like acne. Scars are often thicker, as well as pinker, redder, or shinier, than the rest of your skin.

How your scar looks depends on

  • How big and deep your wound is
  • Where it is
  • How long it takes to heal
  • Your age
  • Your inherited tendency to scar

Scars usually fade over time but never go away completely. If the way a scar looks bothers you, various treatments might minimize it. These include surgical revision, dermabrasion, laser treatments, injections, chemical peels, and creams.

Symptoms of Scars

The following features are indicative of Scars:
  • pinker, redder, or shinier skin

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Common Causes of Scars

The following are the most common causes of Scars:
  • cut
  • scrape
  • burn
  • sore
  • surgery
  • chickenpox
  • acne

Other Causes of Scars

The following are the less common causes of Scars:
  • diet
  • stress
  • cigarette smoking

Prevention of Scars

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Scars. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • gently wash the face twice a day
  • avoid the use of toners, astringents and exfoliants
  • use oil-free cosmetics and sunscreens

Occurrence of Scars

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Scars cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Scars most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged between 20-35 years

Common Gender

Scars can occur in any gender.

Doctor for Diagnosis of Scars

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Scars:
  • Dermatologist
  • Plastic surgeon

Complications of Scars if untreated

Yes, Scars causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Scars is left untreated:
  • permanent scars
  • low self-esteem

Procedures for Treatment of Scars

The following procedures are used to treat Scars:
  • Laser resurfacing: Improve the appearance of your skin
  • Dermabrasion: Removes the surface scars
  • Chemical peeling: Removes the top layer and minimize deeper scars
  • Needling or rolling: Stimulating the underlying tissue
  • Surgery: Cuts out the acne scars and repairs the wound with stitches or a skin graft

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Scars

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Scars:
  • Use tea tree oil: Reduces the total number of skin lesions
  • Citrus fruits: Removes unclog pores and dead skin cells and improve the appearance of acne scars
  • Intake whole-grain cereals and animal products: It has antibacterial properties
  • Green tea extract: To reduce mild to moderate acne
  • Aloe vera: To reduce moderate acne
  • Brewer's yeast: To reduce acne

Patient Support for Treatment of Scars

The following actions may help Scars patients:
  • Boost confidence in patient: Support and build confidence in patients with acne

Time for Treatment of Scars

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Scars to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • More than 1 year

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Scars.
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