Introduction

The skin is an important organ in the human body. It protects the delicate and vital internal organs from the harsh environment outside. Another important function of the skin is endowing us with beauty and presentability.

Sometimes, skin gets damaged because of accidents, or surgery. In fact, during the course of doing reconstructive surgery, plastic surgeons may themselves cause extensive damage to the skin. When this happens, the skin heals itself with the formation of scar tissue.

Scars are the areas of tissue that replace normal skin tissue after an injury to the skin. Though composed of the same protein, scar tissue is different from the skin tissue it replaces in many ways. Extensive scarring interferes with the physiological functions of the skin. And of course, scars ruin the natural beauty of the skin.

The best time to deal with potentially ugly scars is the time of injury or surgery. If a plastic surgeon is called in at the time of damage to the skin, the best outcome can be achieved, because plastic surgeons have a huge repertoire of ways and means to deal with scars.

The Five Directives to Good Scar Management

  • Treat the scar as soon as possible!
  • Understand that scar treatment is as much for functional purposes as for cosmetic purposes.
  • If non-surgical treatment is advised, follow it diligently. Remember, the surgeon can recommend a course, but it is you who have to take the action.
  • Go to your surgeon for follow-up advice regularly. Post-surgical therapies such as physiotherapy, medication, counselling, etc are as important as the surgery itself.
  • Scar treatment is sometimes a long-drawn process, but if you and your surgeon join hands and work in tandem, it can be a rewarding experience, and will definitely change your life for the better.