Hypertrophic Burn Scars and How to Heal Better

Burns create a unique type of injury to the skin. Unlike a cut, the edges of the injury are rarely close together. Burns often cover large spaces, which makes them harder to heal. How severe the burn is affects the formation of a scar on the skin. Nerve endings damaged by burns can cause loss… Read more »

Do Chicks Dig Scars?

If you ever saw the movie “The Replacements,” you might have laughed when quarterback Shane Falco, played by Keanu Reeves, tried to rally his football team with words of encouragement. He said, “Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever.” That’s more than just a line in a movie. There is scientific evidence that chicks,… Read more »

Scar Management for Broken Bones

Breaking a bone is painful, regardless of the location and type of fracture you’ve suffered. Breaks can sometimes result in skin injuries, whether it’s from an impact or from surgery afterwards. It’s quite common to have a scar form from skin injuries related to broken bones. It’s also possible to minimize the scar and make… Read more »

6 Things That Slow Down Scar Healing

After a skin injury, it takes time for scars to heal. Exactly how long depends on a number of factors, including the size and depth of the scar, your genes, your skin type and whether there’s an infection, to name a few. There are a host of other things that affect how quickly your scar… Read more »

Stages of Scar Healing

After you’ve cut or injured your skin, it takes time for it to heal. The skin typically seals itself within 48 hours, depending on the depth of the injury. During this time, the wound stops bleeding. Once it’s initially sealed, the body begins to build scar tissue to fill in the area between the wound’s… Read more »

Share Your Scar Story on Facebook and Win

Every scar has its story. It’s part of what makes them so memorable. Tell us the story of how you got your scar. When you join our contest on facebook.com, you could win a free tube of Scarfade scar treatment gel. We’ll choose three winners at random from all of the scar story entries we… Read more »

How to Minimize Scars After Hand Surgery

The hands are notorious for developing some of the most perplexing scars. They’re not only highly visible, but they can be very thick and constrictive, causing a limited range of motion. Doctors use hand surgery to treat a variety of injuries and diseases. Taking a few simple steps can help to minimize scars after hand… Read more »

How Saltwater Affects Skin Injuries

With summertime in full swing, the beach is a popular destination. A swim in the salty ocean water can be both refreshing and relaxing. It’s also a good way to cool down. If you have recent cuts or wounds that have started to heal, however, you might wonder if this is a good idea. Wounds… Read more »

Do Some Parts of the Body React Differently to Scarring?

Scarring is the skin’s natural reaction to trauma. Surgery, burns and injuries that breach the skin’s surface often result in scars. New skin bridges the gap between uninjured areas, forming a scar. There are various skin types, and scars tend to heal differently from person to person. If you have several scars, you may have… Read more »

What You Need to Know About Skin Grafts

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Skin grafts are modern technology’s way of helping your body to knit together new skin. Donor skin from another part of your body – or another person – replaces skin damaged due to burns, illness, malformation or injury. There are two different types of skin grafts, full thickness and split thickness, that plastic surgeons use… Read more »