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What exactly are scars?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

A scar is simply a body's final response to a trauma to the skin. Healing of the wound through secondary intention includes wound contraction, re-epithelization with cells including fibroblast and myofibroblast and collagen formation. The final scar healing may be associated with thickened scars including keloid and hypertrophic scars, widespread scars, or discoloration of the scar including hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation.

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