Which Scars Are Permanent?

Which Scars Are Permanent?

The simple answer? Most scars are permanent.

While you may not be able to remove scars completely, you can get rid of scars, per say, by using a scar treatment in combination with the right diet, exercise and massage.

Fading a Scar

The ultimate goal for most people is to reduce the appearance of their scar. There are many ways to help a scar fade over time and one of the biggest contributors to scar fading is nutrition. By having the right balance of nutrients, the body is able to supply the scar tissue with the nutrients required to heal properly and reduce the appearance of the scar. Just as it is important to ingest these nutrients, regular application of creams with vital nutrients is also helpful to minimize your scar’s appearance.

Read: How Nutrition Affects Scar Healing

Read: How Does Zinc Affect Skin and Scar Healing?

Exercise is another element that can help fade scars. Giving the muscles, ligaments, and skin movement around the scar is going to help reduce the amount and severity of the scar tissue; thus, reducing the appearance.

Beware of the Sun

Some people are under the misconception that regardless of whether or not a scar is new or old, they can simply sit in the sun to even it out or attempt to hide it under a tan. Nothing could be further from the truth. The last thing a scar needs is exposure from the sun.

Scar tissue is not like normal skin. When it comes to how it feels, they way it functions, and its overall appearance it is quite inferior. Old and new scars alike are prone to sunburn, especially when they are brand new, they are less resistant to ultraviolet rays and can permanently be darkened with too much exposure from the sun. This is even truer for people who have dark skin complexions.

Read: How Does the Sun Affects Scars?

To prevent these things from happening, you should take extra care when preparing to be in the sun. All year long you should make every effort to protect your scars from direct sun exposure.

  • Sun block with high SPF should be applied directly onto the scar.
  • Using a water resistant sun block is important, but remember to re-apply every 2 hours.
  • If you are unable to avoid the sun entirely, you should wear sun protective clothing over scars. Clothing with a high UPV of 50 would be just right.

Avoid Smoking

When it comes to skin healing, smoking is known to be linked to complications. Typically, plastic surgeons recommend that at least a month before any plastic surgery procedure, patients give up smoking.

Read: How Does Smoking Affect Scar Healing?

When any cuts or wounds occur, scars simply are a part of the healing process. They need to mature for healing to be completed. This can take many months to happen. Infections can be related to smoking as one of the complications to healing. Scars may worsen if infections should develop.

For those that are looking to reduce the appearance of their scars, avoiding certain behaviors is going to be the best way to make the scar less noticeable. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help promote healing and diminish the look of any scar, as well as using your scar treatment regularly and consistently.

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Where Do Keloid Scars Form?

Where Do Keloid Scars Form?

In a keloid scar, the collagen that forms in the scar overgrows. Now the new scar is larger than the original area affected. It may look like a nodule, a big lump or could even be rubbery in texture.

The question that many people ask is where do keloids develop on the body? Is it in all types of skin or in certain locations on the body?

Here’s a list of different places where keloids can develop:

• On a pimple or over or on an acne scar

• At a location of where you have scratched yourself

• On a chickenpox scar

• At a place on your body that is repeatedly injured

• Where you get your body pierced, including the earlobes

• Where you get a tattoo

• Over a surgical scar

• Over an area where an insect bit you

• At a location on your skin where you were burned

• After having an ingrown toenail, on the nail with a repeated infection

• On an area where you had razor bumps and kept shaving and developed an infection

• At the site of a traumatic injury to the skin anywhere in the body

With this in mind, let’s take the concept a little farther. Some places in the body are more prone to develop keloids than others. The most common locations where these keloids may be found include the chest, back, ear lobes, shoulders, arms, and over the clavicle (this is the collarbone). Keloids are also more common in those who have Asian or African descent.

Of all those places where keloids can form, who would ever think that anyone could get keloids on an ear lobe? It’s such a strange place for a keloid scar, and one that isn’t easily covered, either.

In Nigeria, doctors at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital examined hospital records between Sept 2006 and April 2007, searching for how often keloids formed in the ear lobes. They wanted to know how many ear lobe keloid cases had been managed in their Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. They found that of the 26 patients with keloids, 42% of them had developed ear lobe keloids from piercing. That’s a high rate!

Do you have a keloid scar? Where did yours form?

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