About Scars

Accident, surgery, burn, scrape, C-section, acne – these events cause trauma to the skin, starting a “scar journey” that go something like this...

A wound becomes a scab, which protects the damaged skin underneath. More sooner than later (especially if kept clean and left alone), the scab will dry up and fall off, often leaving behind a scar. Scars are made from a "web" of fibrous tissue that replaces the damaged skin. Normal scars occur when there is balanced collagen formation during this "web" process. If there is an overproduction of collagen, abnormal scar production occurs, making scars more noticeable and uncomfortable.

Normal scars will start to develop during the first couple of days after wound closure and can fade within 3 months. Abnormal scars can occur up to 18 months later. The risk of developing abnormal scars depends on your age, the scar location, genetics, and complications during the healing process (like infection).

Different types of scars include:
Hypertrophic Scars: Hypertrophic scars are characterized by their raised appearance, similar to keloids, but they do not extend beyond the boundaries of the injury site.
Keloid Scars - Keloid scars are the result of an overly aggressive healing process. These scars extend beyond the original injury. Over time, a keloid scar may affect mobility. Darker skin is statistically more susceptible to keloid scars.

Burn Scars -There are four basic burn severities:

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1. First-degree burns, like sunburns, are red, sensitive and often swollen, but don’t usually cause much scarring.

2. Second-degree burns are characterized by painful blisters that come from damage to both the skin’s outer-layer (epidermis) and the under-layer. These burns also cause redness and swelling.

3. Third-degree burns damage deeply into the skin’s third layer (hypodermis) and can cause numbing. The slow healing process of these severe burns can result in extensive scarring.

4. Fourth-degree burns go beyond just the skin, damaging muscle, tendon, and ligament tissue.

Acne Scars Acne Scars – Even after acne is treated, the scars can remain. Acne causes a white blood cell “chain reaction” – inflammatory molecules fight infection and repair the damage, leading to the formation of fibrous scar tissue. There are various types of acne scars – from deep pits to scars that are angular or wavelike in appearance.
C-Section Scar Treatment - ScarAway C-Section Scars - An estimated 30% of moms deliver their babies by C-section, and the number continues to grow. Some C-section scars, which are usually four to six inches long, even become red, raised and itchy and can stay that way indefinitely.

Childhood Scars – Falls, tumbles, bumps and scrapes are all part of day-to-day kid-fun. But the scars that result aren’t just child’s play, because they last into adulthood if not properly treated. The reason? Youthful skin sometimes overcompensates during the healing process, resulting in larger, thicker scars.
Drug-free, latex-free ScarAway products are clinically shown to shrink, flatten and fade both old and new scars of varying types. ScarAway can also help prevent abnormal scars from forming. Using technology previously only available through burn centers, plastic surgeons and hospitals, ScarAway now brings professional scar treatment home to you – without a prescription.