Do Scars Stretch During Pregnancy?

Do Scars Stretch During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a series of nourishment needs and hormonal changes. The body must accommodate the fetus and does so with the production of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), stronger blood stream circulations, and ever-expanding skin. It’s this point that often proves the most concerning, with tissue around the abdomen, thighs, hips, and waist consistently growing throughout each trimester. Women often wonder what the effect of this growth will be on their scars – and if it will last.

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How Does Pregnancy Affect Scars?

Scars will stretch during pregnancy. Hormonal fluctuations and natural weight gain will cause skin to expand, and this will instantly alter the appearance of every abrasion, keloid, or contracture. Elongation is to be expected. It’s also often accompanied by:

Irritation

Redness, scaly textures, and mild irritation will often form around scars. This is due both to a lack of moisture in the skin and immune system deficiencies.

Hardening

Scars may harden during pregnancy, with the tissue not receiving the necessary levels of hydration needed to sustain softness.

Pain

The sudden expansion of scars can cause pain, with tightening sensations often felt along the stomach and hips. These sensations are not usually severe but can occur frequently.

New Scars

Pregnancy doesn’t merely elongate past scars. It can also create new ones. Stretch marks are among the most common symptoms associated with childbirth, with the elasticity of the skin pushed beyond its capacity and collagen production interrupted. This causes tiny tears, which then become scars.

As scars stretch to their maximum lengths during the final trimester these symptoms may become more obvious (and more frustrating). Women should consult with a physician if they experience consistent pain or find their everyday activities hindered.

Do Scars Remain Affected After Pregnancy?

Most scars will stretch during pregnancy. Those same scars should return to normal, though, after the child has been born. Resuming past levels of activity should tighten sagging skin, and a re-balance of hormone levels will deliver the necessary moisture (this will soften any rigid tissue and reduce swelling).

The healing process differs for every woman, however, and some may experience lingering effects – with scars remaining enlarged and tender for several weeks. If this proves problematic consult with a physician.

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Are Over-The-Counter Treatments Recommended for Scars After Pregnancy?

Over-The-Counter (OTC) treatments should be used with caution. Many utilize ineffective or even unsafe ingredients – such as Hydroquinone, a bleaching agent that has been banned throughout the European Union for its mercury-based properties – and can instead exacerbate the appearance of scars. However, InviCible Scars is safe to use during and after pregnancy. Before purchasing any product it is recommended that women consult with their dermatologists.

Read More: Do Over The Counter Scar Treatments Really Work?

Do you have more questions about pregnancy’s affect on your scars? Leave us a comment and we’ll be happy to answer.

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Do Scars Grow With Age?

Do Scars Grow With Age?

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:

  1. How scars change over time
  2. 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.

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