The science behind a scar

As soon as the ‘dermis’ (deep skin layer) is damaged, for whatever reason(see below), the body immediately begins a reparative process.

  • Numerous cells migrate to the damaged area
  • Some of these cells, called macrophages remove dead cells and debris
  • Other cells, called fibroblasts, produce a fibre called collagen
  • The collagen ‘bridges the gaps’ over the damaged area to heal the dermis
  • The initial wound is sealed
  • Unfortunately, the fibroblasts continue to produce collagen even after the initial process in complete

This over-production of collagen is what forms a SCAR.