Explanations of the most important scar terms


Surgery is a major cause of larger scars. The interventions are usually medically necessary and therefore cannot be avoided, but they can leave behind conspicuous scars. It is important, for this reason, that the scar be treated just as professionally as the cause of the operation itself.

Among the most common operations are Caesarean sections, as well as surgery on joints or internal organs. These are usually planned in advance so that patients have the opportunity to prepare themselves well for both surgery and aftercare.

Most surgery involves deep, smooth incisions which are then cleanly sutured. In healthy tissue, such a wound heals quickly and easily. Nevertheless, a scar will be formed even when the healing proceeds smoothly.

Three simple measures promote good scar healing:

1. Avoid long baths and shower instead in the first few weeks after surgery.

2. Do not expose the scar to long-lasting, intense sunlight for about 6 to 9 months.

3. Care well for the scar for at least 3–6 months, e.g. with a scar gel. This supports scar formation and ensures that the scar will be barely visible, elastic and smooth.


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