Scars Q & A

Skin is a big seamless organ, and it protects our precious network of nerves, muscle, bones and critical organs that make up this thing we call a body. A small tear, stretch or burn injury can forever shape and change this very important protective "mesh". Scars and stretch marks can easily be hidden, depending on their location but the fact is they will never completely go away. There are a variety of reasons why our body would undergo injury and mainly this is due to accidental injury and a consequence of pursuing recreational activities, but there are also situations where scarring is intentional and the effects are just as serious and just as permanent.

What Causes Scars?

Scars form when the dermis (deep, thick layer of skin) is damaged. The body forms new collagen fibers (a naturally occurring protein in the body) to mend the damage, resulting in a scar. The new scar tissue will have a different texture and quality than the surrounding tissue.

Do Scars Go Away?

It only takes a single injurious event or instance of self-harm to potentially leave a life-long scar on your body. We can often expect that scars will be permanent though they may fade greatly or change over time but they will never go away completely. There are, however, things that can be tried to help reduce their appearance.

How Long Do Scars Take To Heal?

Minor cuts and scrapes can take only a few days to heal and often without much scar tissue. However, deeper cuts and major injuries can take up to several weeks to fully heal, and can leave long-lasting scars in their place.

What can be done about Scars?

There are a growing variety of treatment options available including skin grafts or makeup. You should always consult with a family physician about any questions related to your mental or physical health and include them in your treatment plan. Your family doctor is the owner of your master health care record and can connect you with many resources.

Can my scars be treated?

In order for scars to be treatable with microneedling and/or camouflage tattoo they must have healed for at least 2 years and be white in colour (not red or pink).

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