Scars – what are they and what problems do they cause?
The healing process describes a best-case scenario that results in the restoration of a fully functional soft tissues. However, in reality, we get a far from perfect result.
The initial stage of healing’s primary purpose is to prevent further damage or infection and this can compromise quality of healing leading to a less than optimum result. This is evidenced by the formation of scar tissue and adhesions.
Generally, the larger and more severe the wound/injury the more likely complications such as;
– Reduced tissue function
– Altered sensation
– Infection risks
– Restricted movement
– More pain
– Poor scar appearance
No scar is ever truly the same, so we have to look at how we can personalise treatments for our patients to optimise their results.