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Photo: sasirin pamai (Shutterstock) All surgeries, whether medically necessary or cosmetic, have something pretty big in common: You’ll be cut into, even if only a little bit. Incisions leave scars which, if you’re focused on preserving your health or accomplishing a goal, might not be that big of a deal to you in the moment. Still, if you’re worried about some unsightly scarring resulting from a surgery, you have options before and after your procedure. What is a scar, really? You might be wondering why your body can’t just heal by growing regular skin where your incision was made. That’s a fair question. To understand what scars are all about, Dr. Jacob Haiavy , former president of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and the California Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, explained: “Scars are a natural part of the body’s healing and repair process. When the dermal layer of skin is damaged (either by accidental injury or an intentional/surgical incision), the body forms new collagen fibers to mend the damage.” He said the new scar tissue that forms usually has a totally different color, texture, and quality than the tissue around it. The ultimate look of your scar will depend on a number of things, like how much collagen your body produces, which is influenced not only by genetics, but by age. Your physical health, your surgeon’s techniques, and your postoperative care also determine how it will look. In short, there’s a lot going on here—but there are also ways […]