Scars are areas of fibrous tissue that replace normal skin or other tissue after injury. A scar results from the biologic process of wound repair in the skin and other tissues of the body. It is all part of the natural healing process. Scar tissue is not identical to the tissue that it replaces and usually provides less functional quality. For example, scars in the skin are less resistant to ultraviolet radiation, and sweat glands and hair follicles do not grow back within scar tissue. Various factors influence how your skin scars. The depth and size of the wound or incision and the location of the injury are going to impact the scar’s characteristics as can your age, heredity and even your sex or ethnicity.

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