Scars

What is Scars?

Scars are areas of fibrous tissue (fibrosis) that replace normal skin after injury. A scar results from the biological process of wound repair in the skin and other tissues of the body. Thus, scarring is a natural part of the healing process. With the exception of very minor lesions, every wound (e.g., after accident, disease, or surgery) results in some degree of scarring. An exception to this are animals with complete regeneration, which regrow tissue without scar formation.

Scar tissue is composed of the same protein (collagen) as the tissue that it replaces, but the fiber composition of the protein is different; instead of a random basketweave formation of the collagen fibers found in normal tissue, in fibrosis the collagen cross-links and forms a pronounced alignment in a single direction. This collagen scar tissue alignment is usually of inferior functional quality to the normal collagen randomised alignment. For example, scars in the skin are less resistant to ultraviolet radiation, and sweat glands and hair follicles do not grow back within scar tissues. A myocardial infarction, commonly known as a heart attack, causes scar formation in the heart muscle, which leads to loss of muscular power and possibly heart failure. However, there are some tissues (e.g. bone) that can heal without any structural or functional deterioration.

Questions and answers on "Scars"

hi doctor i am a 17 year old boy have two scars since 2 3 years on my left side of my nose and the other one in between my eyebrows the left side happened because of a mosquito bite it is a dark round spot and the other happened because a football scrapped the skin off i have tried a lot of scar removal creams but none of them have worked what else can i possibly try.. i really want to get rid of these scars..

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Hi, I am 37 yrs old 5'9 , 145lbs, anyway just had my first c section 10 days ago, I have a hard lumpy section over my scar and was wondering what it is and will it improve? My scar is still leaking some blood still and my doc told me that it needs to drain the blood out, I'm Confused about what's going on.

doctor1 MD

Hi,
It appears that you have a collection of old blood just below the skin(subcutaneous haematoma). It occurs due to leaking of blood from small blood vessels in the subcutaneous tissue.
As your doctor has rightly said it should be drained. If not drained infection can occur in it. Once drained...

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Hi , I have got chicken pox just a week ago, I want some home remedies 2 remove the scars on my face . I have been using red sandalwood for past 3days but no changes please suggest some remedies.

doctor1 MD

Hello
welcome to health care magic
try these one:
1.Try accelerating the fading of these scars with the use of coconut water applied to these scars with the use of a clean cotton ball. Do this every day.Apply this paste to the scars with the use of a clean cotton ball as well, and do this daily....

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Sir I accidently got a scar mark of size nearly of a thumb ,on my right cheek as I by mistake itched my acne pimples on my cheek about 2 months back.I went to Command hospital Lucknow and Doctor suggested me to use Hyclean cream for duration of a month.Sir I have used that cream for a month duration.But after application of that cream my scar mark becomes reddish and burning sensation continues for sometime.Should I continue its use?? what should i do???please give me your suggestion...I will be your thankful for your valuble suggestions.

doctor1 MD

Hello and welcome to HCM

You have mentioned that you suffer from reddning of skin and burning sensation after each application of the Hyclean cream.
I would like to know whether the scar has healed or not?
The symptoms suggest that you are allergic to this cream. Discontinue the usage of this...

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hii doctor i am resham kaur. i have pimples in my face so i went to cosmetic surgen so she suggested to do microdarmaabbration for that and i m using Melacare cream now i am feeling my skin getting rough and dark so could you please help me either i should do this treatment again or there any side effect of this treatment

doctor1 MD

Hello,
Thanks for the query,

microdermabration is used mainly to remove scars.

It can also be used to remove hyperpigmentation.

You can go for this treatment.

There are not many side effects of this.

Let me know you have any other doubts.

you can ask a direct question to me on this forum,...

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what is fibrosis ?

doctor1 MD

Hello.Welcone.In layman language it is like a scar tissue on the skin.The only difference is this takes place inside the body.Good luck.

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Hello Dr... I am 25 years old having problem of acne vulgaris from last 5 years... I have tried a lot to get rid of this problem n have many treatments from well known dermatologist but it was invane.... now i have scars on my face, neck , and back.... Moreover, my skin is of double tone.... i am basically of fair complexion but my arms and some other body parts are of darker tone. So, I need your help regarding my problem as soon as possible as i m going to get married.... Reply awaited.... Thank u.

doctor1 MD

Hi,
Welcome to HCM,
Acne vulgaris is most common during your age,but is treatable.Mild one can be treated by only local therapy and chronic and severe form by systemic therapy.
You are already taking treatment for 5 years this is long period.
If you have Scars and pigmentation then consult a good...

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im 22yrs old 3 yrs back i was advised by a doctor to take orofer xt over dose (ferrous abscorbate) since i was anemic it was wen i was 18 or 19 and i took it for 1 year or so at that time i felt fresh, healthy and refreshed everyday by taking it even though i dont take much healthy food and there wer drastic change in my complexion also from wheatish to fairer skin , clear and glowing skin.after some days i found dat its not necessary to continue any more and stoped it. and there was a reverse swing in my life and worsened my situation dat i have turned fully dark after a couple of month of discontinuation. and also with gradual develpoment of marks, scars, dark spots and allergies. i m suffering from more than 2 yrs. i consulted few doctors who adviced me to take certain tablets like zifi 200mg and many more with made no help but just worsening it more and more but then i just got rid off itching. later my cousins advice me to get a try through herbal remedies like taking aloe vera juice and amla juice which are also free from side effects . i took it for a 3 months or so its been just ok and helped in little reduction. but then stil i suffer from dark complextion, marks ,scars etc stil i didnt get my normal skin colour as earlier. im depressed and losing confidence in myself because i still suffer from those problems please advice

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This is a bit akward...
I was giving cunilingus to my gf the other day. This was both of our first sexual encounters. I realized afterwards that I'd kindof sliced that membrane under my tongue with my teeth while I was going at it. It stung for the rest of the day, but it didnt look too bad. Well, ~a week has gone by and it has healed up, but it has healed as scar tissue, and now I cant move my tongue to its fullest extent. When I bend my tongue up and out, I can feel it pull on the scar tissue, and it hurts a bit. Is there any way to correct this?
I am:
23, M, 6'1, and ~120lbs

Thank you for any assistance you can provide.
-Will

doctor1 MD

Hi and thank you so much for this query.

sorry to hear about what you have experienced and the current difficulties.

Because the scar is still tender, I will suggest that you patient wait for it to heal fully so that you can assess whether the inability to move it to its full range is caused by...

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HI doctor. I had pulmonary tuberculosis and completed 6 months of medication.
Why is it that my x-ray result remains unchanged. I have fears that somehow i wont be fit to a particular work because of my history. My public doctor under D.O.T.S told me that what is seen in my X-ray is just a scar. Hope you can answer my query very soon.Thanks and god bless you

doctor1 MD

hi welcome to hcm
iam apulmonologist and i will answer ur query
as you have said that u completed your course of att there is no need to worry about that scar which is nothing but fibrosis of lung parenchyma which neither grows nor decreases
so if your sputum is negative for afb(tb bacilli) no...

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Doctor in Equatorial Guinea says my blood tested positive for Typhoid-U. She says this is only scar typhoid and has prescribed paracetamol only. That works but I have to take 1000mg three times per day to stave off the flu-type body aches and knee pain. It s been a week now with only gradual improvement ( I am now down to 1000mg paracetamol at night just so I can sleep). Other symptoms are loss of appetite and constipation. What do you recommend?

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i had a face treatment performed called thermage a year ago, after thetreatment i had a panic attack, felt it was going too tight did not sleep or eat and the left side dropped tightening just the lower jaw as it was a 6 month tightening period i tided desparately to stretch it back and now i am left with ridges under my skin only on the side i stretched, its like hard grissle it has led me to suicied as no one can really see but ican see the damage as its my face is there anything i can do to repair the internal scared tissue damage?

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Hi i m Sanjay...I was in an accident about 4 weeks back and i suffered 1 abrasion to the forehead and several lacerations to the nose which required stitches....Now i have this scar on my nose and several tiny dents....I m currently using a lotion called CONTRACTUBEX .....will the scar disappear and is there any safe way to remove these dents?....Basically i just wanna know if i can get my face back to normal...??

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My husband was diagnosed and treated for lymphoma. As the result, he developed a lesion in his thoracic duct which gave need for multiple thoracentesis. His cardiothoracic surgeon corrected this problem with a thoracic ligation however the resulting scar tissue has caused a blockage in the thoracic duct and lymph fluid is backing up into his abdominal cavity. His HPB surgeon placed a Denver shunt to help recycle this fluid but the volume is too much for the shunt to handle. Please tell me is it possble to ligate any of these ducts and if so what type of surgeon whould we seek out? Please help us...Thank you!

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Good morning for the past 3 months i have been dealing with these random breakouts on my face that have been getting progressivley worse mostly around ny cheeks eyes and forehead ive had perfect skin for as long as i could remember now this out of...

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