A scar is the body’s attempt to repair the skin that has been damaged. It is usually pink or pale brown and will be cover the previously damaged skin.
A scar is caused by the body producing collagen, a fibrous protein found in the skin, to repair the damage to the skin.
Anyone who has a skin injury is at risk for developing a scar, but the likelihood of a scar forming is based on the severity of the skin injury as well as age and overall health of the body and the skin. A scar can also form if a skin wound is not properly cared for.
A scar will usually form under a scab. Side effects of scarring may include:
There are multiple ways to treat a scar including dermabrasion, chemical peels, collagen and cortisone injections, and laser treatment. The type of procedure will depend on the size and placement of the scar, as well as the overall health of the patient.
The only way to prevent scars is to prevent skin injuries and properly care for any skin wounds that do occur.