Sunday, July 20, 2008

Scar facts

Whenever the skin (epidermis) is damaged, the tissue is rebuilt with only very slight scarring. However, when the layer of tissue below the skin (dermis) is damaged, a complex healing process begins which results in a scar. Red and raised scars (hypertrophic and keloid) can form as result of injury or accidents such as cuts and burns. Most scars fade and improve in appearance for about two years following an injury, but they never fully disappear and sweat glands and hair follicles never grow back.

Source: Health care booklet from Guardian pharmacy

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