Scar itch

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Itching can be a disabling symptom in scars.  It is most commonly seen in hypertrophic burn scars, but almost any scar can be itchy.  At its worst, it can be intensely distracting and disturb sleep.  Itch is caused by the chemicals released in the scar irritating local nerves.  The Scar Team approach the treatment of… Read more »

Scar maturation

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We are often asked how long it takes for scars to ‘settle’.  Scars mature at different rates depending on age, race and factors such as the site on the body surface.  If a factor which makes a scar worse does not resolve, then a scar may be persistently inflamed.  It is not uncommon for scars… Read more »

Prevention of significant scarring

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Scarring is inevitable after any surgery which damages the whole thickness of the skin.  Young and colleagues found in 2009 that up to 91% of all patients undergoing a routine surgical procedure would value any improvement in their visible scarring.  This is a situation where The Scar Team can really help.  If you are about… Read more »

Hypertrophic scars

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Hypertrophic scars are a form of angry scarring that stays within the area of any original injury.  They are paticularly common after burn injury.  They have been divided up into two types clinically.  Linear hypertrophic scars usually occur after trauma or elective surgery.  Widespread hypertrophic scars are more common after extensive injuries that affect a… Read more »

Scale of the problem of scarring

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How extensive is the problem of skin scarring?  No one has exact figures for the United Kingdom, but an often quoted paper on the global challenge was published by Sund in 2000.  This described around 100 million new scars a year in the developed world just from planned (elective) surgery and trauma.  The figure for… Read more »

New evidence-based scar guidance

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The Scar Team were delighted to see a new consensus statement on scar management that was reached by a renowned international group.  The review, published in the journal JPRAS, indicated the key strategies to reduce scar formation of limiting tension, avoiding excessive ultraviolet light exposure and keeping the early scar hydrated.  Further, we offer the… Read more »