What is a scar?
The scar is the visible part that marks the skin reconstruction following an accident or surgery. A wound has formed in the skin affecting the epidermis and dermis, this deep wound results in a skin lesion.
The role of protective barrier for the body As the skin is no longer secure, it will quickly regenerate and close up. This extremely complex process involves a multitude of cells and messengers that follow a very specific pattern. Scar tissue develops and connects the edges of the wound to close the lesion. This reconstruction leaves a mark that is usually lighter or darker in colour, the scar.
How does the healing process work?
The scarring process follows a specific pattern that begins at the time of injury. A complex mechanism, of varying length, is then set in motion following the following phases:
- The detersion phase : From the very first seconds, the blood flow changes to activate the process. Initially, tissue dilation promotes vascular permeability. Then the blood vessels contract and the action of the platelets allows clots to form to limit blood loss. The wound is then cleaned, free of dead tissue, germs and other bacteria. The wound becomes red, the local temperature increases, the area swells and is painful. This first phase lasts on average from 1 to 4 days.
- The budding phase: At this stage, connective tissues appear and produce large amounts of collagen, elastin and other tissue elements to rebuild the dermis. At the same time, buds form at the end of the damaged capillaries. It is these buds that give the wound its red colour. This new phase lasts for several days until the scar tissue has completely closed the wound, which is about ten days on average.
- The epidermal phase : the connective tissue is complete, the wound contracts and closes, leaving a primary scar, which is similar in shade to the skin. The healing process is completed approximately 21 days after the injury.
- An additional phase allows the to form a permanent scar. The edges of the wound continue to close, the scar becomes softer and smoother. It takes 6 months to a year for the scar to fully mature. This process can be compromised when a particular pathology hinders healing.
Scarring pathology, when tissues struggle to rebuild themselves
The process of tissue regeneration can vary and result in different types of scars:
- So-called "normal" scarring: In the standard healing process, the scar is clean and slightly lighter or darker than the skin.
- Hypertrophic scar : The scar is large and raised, often red or purple and painful. The inflammatory phase of healing was too important. It takes several months to several years for the scar to regain a more standard appearance. It will however remain thicker and wider.
- Cheloid scar : Their appearance is often reminiscent of a hypertrophic scar. However, they are larger than the wound. Excessive collagen formation is the cause of this abnormality during the healing process. Thick and unsightly, it can be painful and itchy.
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How can the healing process be promoted?
As we saw earlier, the healing process takes time and this is normal. Here are some tips to help you promote the healing of your wounds in the long term.
- Bromelain: some natural nutrients can help stimulate the healing process. This is particularly true of bromelain, an active ingredient extracted from pineapple that is known to have healing properties.
- Anti-UV creams: the sun is a real risk for scars, it can compromise the healing process and cause hyperpigmentation. Using sun creams with a high sun protection factor will help preserve your scars in summer and winter.
- LSTIMCARE patches At the end of the healing process, approximately one month after the injury or surgery, the patch can be placed directly on the scar. The action of the mineral oxides then stimulates the micro blood circulation. The nerve endings in the direction of the scar are reactivated and send information to the brain again.
The colouring fades and the redness fades. Your scars, even very old ones, lose thickness and gain mobility. We notice a real release of adhesions, all the planes of the different tissues become supple again and the tensions inherent in the healing process are relieved.
The STIMCARE patches also block all UV rays, so your scar is fully protected.
Directions for use: Cover the entire scar surface and count on 1 to 4 months of consecutive patching depending on the case to notice an aesthetic and "mechanical" improvement.
It is possible to keep the patch on for up to 15 days as the effectiveness of the patch on scars is longer.
Wound healing is a complex process and natural solutions can help support the process. STIMCARE Patches help you achieve a healthy, soft and pain-free scar.