Scars are a wonder of Mother Nature, aren’t they? When you were a child, do you remember falling when learning to stand up, learning to walk, riding a bike, or when practicing new athletic skills such as tumbling, gymnastics or other sports? Each time you fell, there was the risk of creating a wound, and possibly a scar.
How many of the scars from your youth do you still have on your body? If you’re like most people, the answer is some of them. What’s the reason why you don’t have all the scars from youth covering your body as an adult? And do some scars grow with age – is this why others remain with you for life?
The answers to these questions depend on two factors:
- How scars change over time
- How the body creates new skin
How Scars Change Over Time
A scar takes up to two years to mature. The collagen fibers in the scar will reorganize themselves for the purpose of making the scar a lot stronger and able to withstand any forces placed upon it. This remodeling may cause the scar to lose its elasticity and harden.
If the skin has the right topical nutrients, the scar can become soft during this remodeling. For example, silicone gel and vitamin C complex applied topically will assist in the softening of the hard tissue of the scar. When the scar tissue is softened, it may appear smaller.
How The Body Creates New Skin
Scars are made of collagen, and the body is constantly renewing its own collagen. Your body recognizes that some collagen is aged and breaks it down.
In a wound, one of the stages of healing must include the formation of the new top skin layer. This happens right before and as the scar is formed. Keeping the newly developing skin moist is a key to healing. When applied topically, silicone gel helps the skin trap the water in the skin. That’s one of the reasons why silicone gel speeds up healing.
As a child, you were growing at the fastest rate in your entire life, only to be surpassed by the time you grew from egg to infant size in the womb. During growth spurts, your body creates new collagen and skin everywhere in your body, including the areas where you have scars. Your body is always synthesizing new collagen and destroying old collagen that is less functional and old.
Because of this principle, the scars you have when younger have the potential to lessen as the years continue. That’s why some scars may have ‘disappeared’ over the years. Your body may have broken down some of the collagen in the scar and replaced it with new collagen.
However, scars do grow with age. One example is a 2 cm scar found on the face of a child. As the body grows, the head and face are growing, too. By the time the child becomes an adult, the 2 cm scar may become a 4 cm scar.
What you really want for every scar is for them to become less noticeable, isn’t it? They become less noticeable if they aren’t as red or as dark, if they aren’t as raised or depressed, and if they blend into the skin color.
If your scars are still noticeable, consider trying some of the latest technological innovations of our time – scar ‘removal’ formulas. Based on real science, these are truly amazing.The information on this site is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. Please speak to your doctor to treat any medical condition. Information on this site is not intended to be patient education, does not create any patient-physician relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.