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.
- Scars (American Society for Dermatologic Surgery)
Treatments and Therapies
- Chemical Peels (American Society for Dermatologic Surgery)
- Dermabrasion (American Society for Dermatologic Surgery)
- Laser Resurfacing (American Society for Dermatologic Surgery)
- Proper Wound Care: How to Minimize a Scar (American Academy of Dermatology)
- Scar revision - slideshow (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish
- Scar Revision: Understanding Facial Scar Treatment (American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)
- Skin smoothing surgery - slideshow (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish
- Before and After Photos: Treatment of Hypertrophic Scars (American Society for Dermatologic Surgery)
- Keloid (Logical Images)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Cicatrix (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: A New Thermo-Responsive Hyaluronic Acid Sol-Gel to Prevent Intrauterine Adhesions after...
- Article: Measurement of wound area for early analysis of the scar predictive...
- Article: Psychometric Findings for the SCAR-Q Patient-Reported Outcome Measure Based on 731...
- Scars -- see more articles