No one wants to have a scar, especially one in a place that’s visible. When people are battling with scars, they may want to know why they occur. The truth is that when your body scars, it’s part of its healing process. Your body is trying to heal a wound or repair damage to your skin. Unless the wound that you have is very minor, you’re going to have some scarring. People have scarring because of accidents, diseases, or as a result of acne and surgery.
Scars develop on your body when the deeper layers of your skin are damaged. When the dermis is damaged, your body reacts by creating more collagen fibers. Collagen is a protein that your body makes in your skin to repair the damage. The result of the repair is a scar. This is because although your body is efficient at repairing the physical damage, it is not efficient at re-creating the texture and thickness of healthy skin. This is why the scar has a different texture and a different thickness than the surrounding skin.
You develop scarring when the injury to your skin is completely healed. If you look at the scars that you have in your body, you’ve probably noticed that not all of them look exactly the same. Some are probably flat and pale. Others might be raised up a bit. When you have raised scars or if you develop keloids, it’s because your body is overreacting to the damage and creating too much collagen. Keloids are more common in individuals who are younger and with those who have darker skin.
Other people have scars that look like a pit. This happens when the base structures under the skin are destroyed. Examples of these are the scars people get after acne or the ones that people have after some surgical procedures, especially if the surgical procedure required the removal of fat and muscle.
Unfortunately, scarring is a part of life. However, there are options available for making these marks look less prominent. If you feel that your scars are affecting your self-esteem, talk to one of our professionals at RidgeView Dermatology, with offices in Smith Mountain Lake, Lynchburg, and Forest. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.