What is Scar Tissue?

by Anthony Carter on March 4, 2011


tissue injuryMost people will have at least a couple of scars on their body. These occur on areas of the body where the skin has been damaged due to an injury. As well as scars on the skin it is also possible to have scars on other types of body tissue including our internal organs. When a surgeon opens us up to fix a problem there may well be scars left inside our body from this work. Scaring seems to be an inevitable part of life, but what exactly is it?

So What is Scar Tissue?

If a body is damaged it needs to heal itself. If it couldn’t do this then we wouldn’t survive very long. Can you imagine a situation where we walk around with all our old wounds still open? When we damage tissue the body responds by producing a material to repair this. Unfortunately we are not able to recreate the exact tissue that has been damaged but instead the body is able to produce a type of fibrous tissue that is used instead – it is this that we are referring to when we talk about scaring. The replacement tissue is not as good as the original and there are quite a few drawbacks to it; although without it we wouldn’t be able to survive.

Scar tissue differs from our normal tissue in a number of important ways. It tends to be thicker and denser than what it is replacing and it is a different color; this is why scars can be so noticeable. This replacement tissue also has some limitations when compared to the original tissue; it is less flexible, it had no sweat glands, there are no hair follicles in it, it is less able to deal with the effects of the sun, and they can even restrict our movement or make internal organs work less effectively.

Can Our Scars be Removed?

Scars can make people very self conscious if they are on certain parts of the body. Facial scars in particular can damage an individual’s self-esteem, but any type of scar on the body could be the source of embarrassment. If somebody has an abdominal scar from surgery they might feel a bit embarrassed about having their skin on display so they completely avoid sunbathing. These people will likely be interested in any way to remove these scars completely.

Unfortunately it is not possible to fully remove scars because they would only be replaced with new scaring. The only thing that might help make them less interfering in our life is by applying a vitamin E cream to promote faster healing; this should also mean that the final scar is going to bit less rigid. Other than this there is not much we can do about most scars. In some cases it may be beneficial to perform surgery on scars, but this will not remove them completely. Although there are negative aspects to scaring it is important to keep in mind that they are vital to our survival.

Share This Article:

Comments on this entry are closed.

{ 1 trackback }

Previous post:

Next post: