Everyone hopes for perfect skin and body. Our body, its health, and its beauty are our biggest assets in this life. We want to always keep our body perfect without flaws. However, something might happen and cause that unwanted flaw to our body. It can be in any forms and areas. Those accidents, injuries, surgeries, even insect bites might leave disturbing body scars. These scars will possibly cause some other problems. One of those is when the scar is on your scalp.
How do scars on the scalp occur?
Scars are caused by thickens connecting-fibrous tissues developed after trauma to your skin. This is the final result of healing process performed by your body. External scars, or commonly referred as on-skin scars are very common. The scar on your scalp is categorized as an external scar when it is distinctive from other scalp area and occurs as elevated mark and usually feels numb. The principle of this kind of scar occurrence is similar to any other scars occur in your whole body. They are the result of possible collagen over-production during scar healing process.
Does this scar cause my hair to stop growing?
The numbness you feel over a scalp scars is caused by limited blood flow through the infected area. Your scalp is excessing sweat through its tissues. Eventually, this scalp scar will be hardened as the result of its contact with sweat. These scalp scars might be caused by injuries, surgeries, and acnes. When blood does not fill the infected area, the tissues beneath the scalp scars are slowly dying.
On your scalp, there are a great number of follicles which will grow into your hair. These follicles need oxygen transmitted by the blood to grow. When you are having scars, your blood will stop flowing to the infected area and leave the follicles out of oxygen. Slowly, these follicles are destroyed and become not functional anymore. As the result, your hair might stop growing on that certain infected area. This will either be visible or not. When your scalp scar is small and surrounded by living tissues that can still feed follicles, this scar will hardly be visible. It will be easily covered by surrounding follicles that turn into healthy hair. However, when you get bigger scalp scar, your scar will easily be seen. In a bigger infected area, the follicles are mostly dead and hence, you will see a hairless area on your scalp.
Is it possible to regrow hair from a scalp scar?
Scars, anywhere in your body may not only distract your health, but also your beauty. As for scalp scars, many people are most likely to feel discomfort when seeing a visible hairless area on their scalp. Before get deeply depressed, you might want to consider these methods of re-growing your hair on scalp scars.
- Healing acnes. Preventing is always better than treating. Acnes is the most common cause of scalp scars. Treating your acnes with salicylic acid or retin-A acne cream will lessen the possibility of having scalp scars.
- Hair implant. This can be considered when you have large scar on your scalp. The method is not done by removing the scar, yet by implanting some hair into the scar. This implanted hair will thus grow on your scar tissues and provide coverage to your scars.
- Massaging scalp. This can be a good treatment to remove dead skin cells that are concentrated on the scar. Gentle massaging will promote better blood flow and provides sufficient oxygen to the infected area. Better blood flow will inhibit thickened skin and make the scar less visible.
- Consume vitamin E. This vitamin is very important to promote better scar healing. Immediately consume vitamin E-containing foods or capsules to induce collagen production by your body. This will help your scars to be less visible and can be covered by surrounding hair.
Surgical treatment. A specific surgical treatment is used for re-growing hair on the infected skin. This method will stitch your scar with surrounding skin with existing follicles. This way, your scalp scars can still grow hair as the result of the corresponding follicles.