• Question: How would you cure facial scars in the future?

    Asked by pasha3 to Vicky on 14 Mar 2012.
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      Vicky Young answered on 14 Mar 2012:

      Well we are looking at the ovary as a model because each month the ovary ruptures to release an egg and heals again without any scars forming. This is unique because most organs including your skin develop scars after they are injured. This means that the ovary heals in a special way from other organs and tissues. By finding out how the ovary heals without scarring we can develop new medication to prevent people developing scars in the future.

      There is no reason that treatment couldn’t be used for skin scars including the ones on your face. It would be a treatment for preventing scars forming rather than treating scars which already exist.