What is a scar?
A scar is the body's natural way of healing and replacing lost or damaged skin. A scar is usually composed of fibrous tissue. Scars may be formed for many different reasons, including as a result of infections, surgery, injuries, or inflammation of tissue. Scars may appear anywhere on the body, and the composition of a scar may vary--appearing flat, lumpy, sunken, or colored. It may be painful or itchy. The final look of a scar depends on many factors, including the skin type and location on the body, the direction of the wound, the type of injury, age of the person with the scar, and his or her nutritional status.
What is a scar revision?
A scar revision is a procedure done on a scar to alter the appearance of the scar. The revision may improve the cosmetic appearance of the scar or restore function to a part of the body that may have been restricted by the scar. It is important to remember that scars cannot be completely removed.
Relief for Severe Scarring
Severe scars can be painful, restrict movement in the skin and affect a person's ability to function. The Scar Revision Clinic at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center provides relief for severe scarring through compression, silicone and laser treatments.
What are the different types of scars and treatment?
No More Painful Reminders
Caroline Zeman was left with an unattractive, painful scar after her cancer treatments, until she saw Dr. Julie Caffrey for laser scar treatments.