Fix your scars with var­i­ous treat­ments.

Scar fix In this era of amaz­ing tech and ad­vanced treat­ments, you don’t have to bare old in­juries. Here’s how to bring back the smooth.

Shape (Malaysia) - - Contents - By LES­LEY ROTCHFORD & BATRISYIA JAY

TTime may heal all wounds, but it’s not so good at eras­ing them. Scars oc­cur when an in­jury slices through the top layer of skin and pen­e­trates the der­mis, says Neal Schultz, M.D., a der­ma­tol­o­gist in New York City. What hap­pens next de­pends on your body’s col­la­gen re­sponse. If it gen­er­ates just the right amount of this skin-re­pair­ing pro­tein, you’ll be left with a flat, faint scar. If your body can’t drum up enough col­la­gen, you’ll wind up with a sunken scar. And if your body churns out too much, you’re stuck with a raised scar. That’s not to say you’ll de­velop the same type of scar ev­ery time you’re in­jured, “but peo­ple tend to be pre­dis­posed to scar­ring a cer­tain way,” says Diane Mad­fes, M.D., an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor in the depart­ment of der­ma­tol­ogy at Mount Si­nai Med­i­cal Cen­ter in New York City. In other words, if you have one raised scar, you’re more likely to have an­other in the fu­ture. In­jury lo­ca­tion fac­tors in as well— scars on the ch­est tend to be espe­cially ob­vi­ous be­cause the skin there is so thin, and skin trauma be­low the waist can scar badly be­cause cell turnover is slower and there is less blood flow to the lower body. For­tu­nately, no mat­ter what kind of scar you have, there are new and ef­fec­tive ways to pre­vent be­ing left with a per­ma­nent mark. Turn the page for your op­tions.

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